Hope Baptist Church
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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History

Hope Baptist Church

 

“Bringing hope in Christ for the future to Cape Cod and beyond today.” Matthew 28:19-20

 A Brief History of what God has Done
 

In the fall of 1995 the Holy Spirit began the process of moving Rev. Mike Beckner and his family from the staff of Atlantic Shores Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia to Dennis, Massachusetts to plan a new Southern Baptist Church. In May of 1996 Rev. Beckner and his wife, Sue, made the decision to come to Cape Cod with no visible means of financial support to begin the church planting effort. On Labor Day weekend 1996, Rev. Beckner and his son, Mike Jr., traveled to Dennis to begin the work, leaving his wife and younger children, Sarah and Daniel in Virginia to sell their home.

 

Through prayer the Holy Spirit directed Rev. Beckner to send out a monthly ministry letter. The response to this letter in combination with moneys from the North American Mission Board, the Day Foundation and those who have joined the church, has provided the necessary financial support for the church planting effort.

 

The day after their arrival in Dennis, the Holy Spirit miraculously led Rev. Beckner and his son to the Dennis Senior Center, on Route 134. There they were able to rent the Lower Level of the building on Sunday mornings which provided the space the church would need for their future worship service. Meanwhile, John and Gail Memos made their home in Harwichport available for a mid-week Bible study that grew to 20 people in the first two months.

 

The initial worship service of Hope Baptist Church was conducted on the first Sunday of November in 1996 in the South Yarmouth home of Roy and Alyce Beckner, who the Lord has recently brought back to Cape Cod from Kentucky. Seventeen people joined in that first service. The next Sunday worship moved to the Lower Level of the Dennis Senior Center. The church continues to worship in the Senior Center following a move to the Upper Level auditorium in November of 2003.

 

In May of 2001 Hope Baptist Church constituted and incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with 25 members and a weekly attendance of 40. Four years later the church has 45 members and weekly attendance of 60 ranging in age from newborn babies to senior citizens.

 

The church has conducted outreaches to the community through Backyard Bible Clubs, Music in the Park, Thursday Morning Woman’s Bible Study, “Youth Alive,” and Knitting for Jesus. Additionally, the church supports missionaries through the Southern Baptist International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board, as well as through Final Frontiers Foundation. Hope Baptist Church also supports Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod.

 

Over the years through prayer, the Lord has miraculously provided a sound system, hymnals, two keyboards, computers and a trailer to transport the equipment needed for Sunday morning service to the worship location. The church purchased and outfitted office space in the Swan River Plaza on Route 134 in February 2004 and continues to be voluntarily associated with the Greater Boston Baptist Association, the Baptist Convention of New England, and the Southern Baptist Convention, as well as the Liberty Baptist Fellowship.