We see worship as an integral part of Christian life. The major focus on our Sunday Morning worship service is faithful teaching of the Bible. The service includes traditional hymns of the faith and time in corporate prayer. We have a small Sunday School and no church choir, but have had strong ministries in these areas in the past and aspire to add both activities to enrich our worship experience in the future.
As is the case with all churches, church attendance was significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In person attendance is 10-15 people with virtual attendance of 10-15 families. Most attendees are from families with deep roots in the church. The congregation has a wide range of occupational, educational and denominational backgrounds. Total membership is 142 people, with 62 people identifying as active members in the church.
We actively support Baptist groups from Vietnam and Brazil, who worship in our facility and participate in our fellowship activities. The Vietnamese group is currently 15-20 people and the Brazil group is 5-10 people. We relish the ability to share our faith across international boundaries.
Cornerstone Campus Preschool
The Cornerstone Campus preschool is a weekday program operated through the church with a typical enrollment of about 60 students. It provides a hands-on and creative process that engages children in direct experiences, appropriate for their age of development. The goal is to create a stimulating, emotionally supportive environment where each child can grow and thrive.
We support many local aid organizations and international missionary activity. Every dollar indicated for missions is paid out to charitable organizations. In 2021, we donated over $9 k. to missions outreach. Our church facilities are utilized by alcoholics anonymous, a domestic violence prevention program, a dance school and the city government for meetings and events.
The church council is responsible for the management of both the spiritual and temporal affairs of the church, subject to the authority of the membership of the church. The church council carries out its work through 3 standing committees. 1) The Deacon committee is responsible for worship, communion, membership support, music, ushers, flowers and transportation. 2) The Trustees committee is responsible for the building, property/equipment, sexton, church administrator, finances/budget and fund raising activities. 3) The Christian Education and Missions committee is responsible for wider mission, christian education, preschool, evangelism/outreach.
The church is financially stable. For 2022, the total budget is about $140 k. The church recently operated at significant surpluses of $56 k. in 2020 and $50 k. in 2021 due primarily to one time events - large gifts from the congregation and government grants through the CARES Act. We have $222 k. in bank funds and $667 k. in invested funds. The church has no indebtedness.
We are associated with the Boston South-West Association of The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts (TABCOM).
The congregation was founded 150 years ago during the development of the Wollaston Heights neighborhood. The church was one of the first major structures built in the area, is a fine example of Gothic Revival architecture, and one of the city’s finest remaining wood-frame churches. The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The City of Quincy is just minutes south of Boston. It is called the “City of Presidents” as Quincy is the birthplace of the second and sixth U.S. Presidents, John Adams and his son, John Quincy Adams. Quincy has fascinating historic sites and miles of coastline. It is an urban community of 100,000 population, serviced by both the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Red Line and Commuter train lines. The new Quincy Center (downtown) is among the largest urban revitalization efforts in Massachusetts, encompassing more than 50 acres of mixed-use development in the heart of one of America’s most historic cities.