An important part of our church mission is the spreading of the Gospel throughout the world, starting right here in Poughkeepsie, NY. With the funds that our members pledge we support local organizations, such as Dutchess Outreach, summer camp programs through New York State American Baptist Association, participation in Love Inc., and helping to feed the homeless through the Gail Webster Memorial Shelter. In addition, we belong to and support the American Baptist Churches/USA for both national and international Ministries. In particular, we have been following the work of our Christian missionaries in Thailand and they have favored us with personal visits to our church to further report on their discipleship.
Having accepted Jesus Christ through faith as Savior and Lord, and taking His teachings as the rule of our life, we solemnly covenant one with another, as God shall enable us.
To walk together in Christian fellowship and love, to work for the advancement of this church in knowledge, spirituality and service; to sustain its worship, to contribute cheerfully and regularly, according to our means, to the support of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel at home and abroad.
We engage also to cultivate the spirit of brotherly kindness, sociability and sympathy; to be charitable in judgement, friendly in temper, courteous in expression; to be slow to take offense and swift to forgive and to seek reconciliation; to maintain private and family devotion; to be just in our dealings, truthful in speech, upright in action, ready in helpfulness, unselfish and true in our relations to each other and to all men; earnestly striving in character and conduct to be like our Divine Example; the Great Head of the Church.
We moreover engage that when we may remove from this place, we will as soon as possible unite with some other church, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant.
"And may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that Great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make us perfect in every good work to do His will, working in us that which is well pleasing in His sight through Jesus Christ: to whom be glory forever and ever." Amen
We're an American Baptist Church, serving the people of Poughkeepsie since 1807. We follow the mission of the American Baptist Church, which is:
"American Baptists are a Christ-centered, biblical grounded, ethnically diverse people called to radical personal discipleship in Christ Jesus. Our commitment to Jesus propels us to nurture authentic relationships with one another; build healthy churches; transform our communities, our nations and our world; engage every member in hands-on ministry; and speak the prophetic word in love.
As a people of prayer, purpose, and passion, we are in the forefront of creating a community of faith where people of every race, nationality and culture gather as one in worship, service and work."