No. 942 - Hobart North - Hope Christian Centre

The Hope Christian Centre is located in the former Sunbeam warehouse on Tasma Street, North Hobart. The fellowship moved from the Murray Street Gospel Chapel in December 2003, after 18 months of repurposing the building.

The Hope Christian Centre falls under the umbrella of the Association of Christian Community Churches in Victoria and Tasmania. The association describes itself as “a movement of like-minded local churches, predominantly of a Christian Brethren heritage, that have united under a common vision and mission, set of beliefs and core values”.

The Christian Brethren, also known as the Plymouth Brethren, originated in Great Britain in the 1820s. By the mid 19th century the movement had spread to Australia, with the first revival meetings held in Tasmania from 1869. As a result, fellowships were formed in Hobart, Launceston, the Huon Valley, Smithton, Sheffield, Wynyard, Burnie and Scottsdale by the end of the 1870s. The Brethren placed an emphasis on weekly communion, the baptism of believers by immersion, and evangelism. The Christian Brethren should not be confused with the 'Exclusive Brethren, a restrictive group which broke away in 1848.

In Tasmania, most Brethren churches are 'open', unlike the 'exclusive' Brethren who avoid contact with outsiders. The 'open' Brethren carry-out community work, including overseas missions.

*The Murray Street Gospel Hall will be the subject of an upcoming article.

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  1. Further information - this fellowship moved from Murray Street Gospel Chapel (164 Murray Street) in December 2003, after 18 months of repurposing what had been the Sunbeam warehouse.

  2. Thank you for this information. I will update and also include it in an article on the Murray Street chapel when I write it up.


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