This morning the congregation of City Baptist Church will gather in their chapel on Frederick Street, Launceston, to celebrate the church's 180th birthday.
They will be joined by members of the wider Baptist community in looking back at the church's history in the Launceston community.
In the past 12 years, the church has engaged in withc the wider community providing outreach to those sleeping rough and others in need of support.
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Pastor Jeff Mckinnon said it was not uncommon for people to sleep on the churches premises. He said they provide some services but mainly they act as a friend to those in need.
"It is only a small church but it is a very courageous group of people. We do bold things and they are very welcoming and including to people who are not easy to welcome," Pastor Mckinnon said.
"Our approach to everything we do is really just to befriend people. It is not about providing a service per se because there are plenty of people out there providing services with government funding.
"We don't get any government funding and we don't want any. A lot of what we do really is one on one behind closed doors in the middle of the week. Just people coming to see us."
The church has also formed a strong bond with the Muslim community throughout Northern Tasmania.
"About two or three years ago we realised that the Hazara community was quite isolated in Launceston," Pastor Mckinnon said.
"So we have done some stuff around job creation, teaching English and we have also got our gardens. There are three sites of gardens - we turned all of our hedges out the back of the property into veggie patches, small ones, and then we built bigger ones in the city after that.
"We do some other stuff too but, a lot of it is really just befriending them."
For Pastor Mckinnon, the birthday celebration is a chance to look forward to what the church can accomplish in the future while also paying homage to their past.
He said there wouldn't be a big celebration but there would be a cake and members of other Baptist churches around Launceston were coming along to join in the festivities.
"We are just holding our normal Sunday service really but, in the process of doing that we have got a big cake that we got made to celebrate it and then we will tell a bit of the story of the history," Pastor Mckinnon said.
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