Immanuel Baptist Church
PO Box 703
Hoquiam, WA 98550
PHONE: 360-533-2012
EMAIL: the church office

SERVICE: Sunday @ 10:00 a.m.




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We are excited to have the privilege to serve not only the needs of the people of Immanuel, but the needs of our community. Our facility is designed to minister to all ages; from children to youth, young adults, families, and seniors. We envision that our site will become a community center in Hoquiam, including a playground area, softball and soccer fields, a covered picnic area, a walking trail along the river, and a dock. The park is known as Sonshine Park.




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We have established a partnership with the City of Hoquiam and others interested in the recreational aspects. What a privilege it is to minister to our neighbors and to bring the message of the Cross to their hearts and lives.


Our new facility includes:


* Worship facilities for 350 people, capable of future expansion to 500


* Barrier-free access to all facilities that meet current building codes


* Education space designed to aid learning for children, youth, and adults


* Covered entryway


* Meeting rooms and facilities for small groups, Bible studies, socials, and potlucks


* Adequate facilities for AWANA and youth activities





Just over 100 years ago, 12 Swedish immigrants longed for a place to worship in their native language and free from State control. With few resources but great faith and perseverance, they brought that dream to reality on Grays Harbor. First Swedish Baptist Church of God of Hoquiam was established on September 18, 1904. In the fall of 1906, the congregation dedicated the current structure at Fourth and J Streets.


The church building was renovated in 1929, just as the country entered the Great Depression. The small congregation skated on the edge of survival in the years ahead, yet they persevered with great faith.


Worship services had changed from Swedish to the English language by the late 1930s. First Swedish joined other Scandinavian churches in changing its name to reflect a more Americanized congregation. First Swedish became known as Immanuel Baptist Church. God continued to bless the beautiful building and the ministry that was established there.


During 2004, the people of Immanuel came together to celebrate 100 years of ministry in the same location and to thank God for His faithfulness. Now we stand, just as the immigrants did, facing a new opportunity to expand the ministry God has entrusted to us. We are in a new facility that will allow us to expand our reach into our community yet preserve the rich heritage that brought us through 100 years.


God has truly blessed us with a remarkable opportunity for the future.


Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. - Psalms 127:1