Our Story

Throughout the history of York Street Church of Christ, there have been many faithful people serving God who has created the legacy we enjoy today. Our buildings have changed, we have embraced new technology, the music styles and coffee have modernised but the purpose has always been to connect people with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ!

For those of you who love history, here’s a snapshot of our journey so far…!

Early ministry

Way back in 1896, the Ballarat Christian Mission began ministry here at York Street. In 1902 York Street Hall was purchased and in 1903 a Sunday School was established with baptisms being conducted at Ballarat City Baths.

In 1923 the Ballarat Christian Mission worked with the Dawson Street Church of Christ and on the 11th March 1925, the York Street Church of Christ was formed.

The first chapel built

In 1932 the original chapel was built. This is now used as the youth hall. In 1937 the new Sunday School building was opened (now used as our cafe area) and in the early ’30s, Sunday school numbers reached 141.

In 1951 a Youth Fellowship was formed and in 1953 a playgroup was established.

1967 saw the opening of the Youth Centre (which is now where the church offices are).

In 1972 the chapel extension was opened.

Ballarat Carols and York Street Kindergarten

In 1976, the Christmas Festival was established with carols held in Geoff and Marion Fearys’ Garden This festival has evolved over time into what is now the Ballarat Carols! In 1981 the York Street Church of Christ Kindergarten began.

In 1990 the current church building was opened, including a 350-seat chapel, a larger foyer, and new kindergarten.

In 1999 a MOPS program began and is still running strong today!

York Street Church of Christ today

In 2011, our building was extended again to house a children’s indoor playground and new meeting rooms.

We currently have over 800 people regularly connected with York Street attending our services and programs.

York Street has a long tradition of strong children’s and youth programs, generous support of overseas missions, faithful biblical preaching, quality music, and being a church filled with life!

All to the glory of God!