About Washington Street Baptist Church
WSBC was founded in 1854 as the Second Baptist Church of Lynn, by members of the First Baptist Church of Lynn. They felt the harvest was plentiful but the workers were few. WSBC was officially established in April with 39 members. A few years later the church became known as High Street Baptist Church, which in turn was organized into the Washington Street Baptist Church.
Washington Street Baptist Church’s current building was built in 1905 due to a fire that destroyed the 1874 building. It is strategically situated in the heart of downtown Lynn, across the street from the court house and next door to a new police station. It is a beautiful red brick edifice with stained glass windows and a beautiful 100% functioning pipe organ, which is played on Sunday mornings. The building needs some repairs but is well-maintained by devoted members to accommodate Sunday worship as well as other community activities. Membership has changed over the years as the great commission has been pursued, but is still reflective of those living in the surrounding community. Lynn happens to be one of the largest cities on the North Shore of Boston (pop. 94,063), with a very diverse population: 39.0% white,12.9% Black or African American,7.8% Asian, and 38% Hispanic. Additionally, 33.4% of the entire population is foreign-born. Washington Street members and attendees are reflections of this diversity.
Average past Sunday attendance is 79 worshippers with more on high Holy days. However, due to the process of searching for a permanent Pastor, attendance numbers are down to around 40–60 on any given Sunday. We are an American Baptist Church but open to both seekers and to those who are established in the faith and willing to maintain our church’s American Baptist affiliation.
Our worship is a blend of contemporary and traditional, but tends more in the direction of traditional. We sing the old hymns; but also enjoy the contemporary music that speaks to our hearts as well as the younger generation. Scripture is read during service and sermons are based on the Word of God. We are mission- minded, supporting missionaries in the field, a school in Liberia and local missions as well. We run a food pantry once a month that feeds over 100 people. Our mission statement is, “We are a family of faith, bound by God’s love, following our Lord Jesus Christ as we worship and grow together. Called to join God in God’s saving mission to the world and relying upon God’s empowering Spirit, we go forth to serve and build the Beloved Community in Jesus’ name.” The objective is the maintenance of the worship of God, Christian Education, support of the community of faith, and the establishment and extension of Christ’s Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven.