The term Deacon (diakonos) in the New Testament means literally a minister, a servant, one who ministers to, or serves others. He is an assistant to the Pastor in the daily activities of the church. These men should fulfill the following requirements:

  • Honest report
  • Full of the Holy Spirit
  • Grave
  • Not double-tongued
  • Not given to wine
  • Honest
  • Full of wisdom
  • Not greedy of filthy lucre
  • Spiritual integrity
  • Be proved



The Missionary Society of the Amity Baptist Church was organized October 10, 1918 under the late rev. Plummer Alston as “The Home and Foreign Mission Society”. He was the4th Pastor of Amity Baptist Church; Sis. Lucy Archer was the co-organizer and became the First president of the Society. Through the years the full name was dropped to what we now know as The Missionary Society.The objectives of the Society continue to focus on Home and Foreign Mission:American Baptist Ministries- White Cross and World Relief as co-workers with the Long Island Women’s Mission Society.
We fellowship with the National Baptist Churches, U.S.A., Inc. through our participation with the Eastern Baptist Association of Long Island.
We have supported the Baptist Women’s Day of Prayer of the Baptist World Alliance and Church Women United as our Ecumenical ministries.The Society continues to visit the sick and shut-ins and have the responsibility and joy of coordinating the Thanksgiving Love Baskets along with the help of other auxiliaries and members of this church. Our hope for tomorrow is the women of Amity would grown in unity and love, as we witness Christ, our Lord. We are committed to the ministries of this church through worshipping, service and witnessing under the teaching of our much loved Pastor Jeffery S. Thompson


Trustees are also men and women of honest report, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom. They must give themselves “Continually to prayer and to the ministry of the Word.” They have the responsibility to grow in church Polity and Policy. This body is subject to the laws of the state it resides.

The Trustee Board holds the legal title to the property of the church with the sanctioning of the corporate head, the Pastor and the congregation. It is responsible for its financial affairs. In this institution, Amity some duties of the Trustees are combined with those of the Deacons.

The Boards of Deacons, Deaconesses and Trustees are appointed by the Pastor of this church and approved by the people.

In existing duties and responsibilities of Amity Baptist Church, a moderator is appointed annually and it is the duty of the person, the Pastor to preside over church business meetings and annual meetings.



Music has saturated the walls of Amity Baptist Church since its inception. We have had a Tiny Tots Choir, a Children’s, a Senior, a Sanctuary, a 30th Anniversary, a Young Adult, a Teen and a Young People’s Choir, a Gospel Chorus, a Mary M. Johnson Memorial Chorus, a King’s Men and an Angelic Choral Ensemble.

The choirs of Amity are a powerful gift from God whose ministry is to praise and exalt Him through hymns and anthems and to keep alive our history in song with spirituals and gospel music.

The songs we sing express our everyday lives with its many ups and downs and praise God for He is Great and Marvelous; one song enables us to sing praises God inspite of the tentacles of oppression and racism and say It’s another day’s journey and I’m so glad about it. In another song we beseech God to Order Our Steps, to lead us and guide us everyday, to send His anointing Father we pray, Order our steps in your words.

On Sunday, November 20, 1994 the Sanctuary Choir, Mary M. Johnson Memorial Chorus, King’s Men and Young People’s Choir held their Choir Day Celebration. The theme: That’s the Reason Why We Sing! Although singing for several months combined, Pastor Jackson officially renamed the Mass Choir to the Amity Church Choir.

Presently, we have The Amity Church Choir, The Amity’s Male Chorus, DMJ Young People’s Choir and the Rev. James R. Moore Ensemble.

It is our commitment to win souls to Christ by lifting up His name through song.

John 12:32 “And if I be lifted up from the earth will draw all men unto Me.”



Music has saturated the walls of Amity Baptist Church since its inception. We have had a Tiny Tots Choir, a Children’s, a Senior, a Sanctuary, a 30th Anniversary, a Young Adult, a Teen and a Young People’s Choir, a Gospel Chorus, a Mary M. Johnson Memorial Chorus, a King’s Men and an Angelic Choral Ensemble.

The choirs of Amity are a powerful gift from God whose ministry is to praise and exalt Him through hymns and anthems and to keep alive our history in song with spirituals and gospel music.

The songs we sing express our everyday lives with its many ups and downs and praise God for He is Great and Marvelous; one song enables us to sing praises God inspite of the tentacles of oppression and racism and say It’s another day’s journey and I’m so glad about it. In another song we beseech God to Order Our Steps, to lead us and guide us everyday, to send His anointing Father we pray, Order our steps in your words.

On Sunday, November 20, 1994 the Sanctuary Choir, Mary M. Johnson Memorial Chorus, King’s Men and Young People’s Choir held their Choir Day Celebration. The theme: That’s the Reason Why We Sing! Although singing for several months combined, Pastor Jackson officially renamed the Mass Choir to the Amity Church Choir.

Presently, we have The Amity Church Choir, The Amity’s Male Chorus, DMJ Young People’s Choir and the Rev. James R. Moore Ensemble.

It is our commitment to win souls to Christ by lifting up His name through song.

John 12:32 “And if I be lifted up from the earth will draw all men unto Me.”



The Senior Usher Board was organized November 1921. The Young Adult Usher Board was formed in 1955 evolving from the Junior Usher Board. In March 1995, Pastor Jackson combined all usher boards to continue to serve together as one board.


The Busy Bee Club was founded in October 1918 by Sis. Fannie Anderson. The club was known as the Building Fund Club, organized to raise money to help purchase a church.

Thanks be to God this work was done. We are no longer known as a Building Fund Club. We are reaching out to those in need and trying to tell the unchanged about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Through the years, we have grown spiritually. We thank God for the unique love that binds us and the fellowship we share. We give all the honor, the honor, the glory and the praise to God. Our prayer is that our club will continue to grow in spirit and truth as we learn more about God’s Word.

The Busy Bee Club have committed themselves to Outreach Missions which currently consist of:

  • Monthly donations for food to the Star of the Sea
  • Monthly donations to Brother Michael Johnson has family while on their mission in Kenya, Africa
  • Donations to Women of Faith(an organization that helps battered women and children)
  • Visits and gifts given to disabled individuals at WORC(a working organization for retarded children)
  • Monthly donations to one or two needy families
  • Visits to our sick and shut-ins and assist them in any way we can
  • Contribute to feeding the homeless in the bowery once a month.

The Busy Bee Club is the oldest club in the church.



The Youth Ministry was organized by Pastor Jackson in June 1989 during Youth week

and it involved those persons 13 through 18 years of age. The Youth Ministry teaches young people Christian principles, Baptist doctrine and practices. It also teaches us about our Christian history.

The Youth Ministry helps young people develop Christian leadership abilities, respect and responsibility for self and for others.

The Youth Ministry helps young people of Amity and their friends deal with everyday concerns and helps with spiritual, emotional, social and personal development and have a sense of self-esteem and to be sensitive to the needs of others.

The Friday Night Fellowship has grown by leaps and bounds. It provides a Christian environment where youth, under the guidance of youth advisors, plan their events, attend cultural events, and learn social amenities.

Youth Day is held the fourth Sunday in June and Youth week is initiated by prayer service on Wednesday, and the Annual Family Day Picnic and Softball gamed held at Roy Wilkins Park the Saturday before Youth Day.

It is our prayer that the future of the Amity Baptist Church Youth Ministry continue to grow and develop and win souls to Christ.



On January 5, 1932 under the leadership of the late Rev. Dr. James R. Moore, a small group of Christian women organized the Faithful Few Club as one of the auxiliaries of Amity Baptist Church.

The purpose of the club was and still is to share God’s love, reach out to the unsaved and win souls to Christ. Today, we strive to achieve the original objectives spelled out in the name of our club: Faithful Few

F- Be faithful to God

A- Assist those in need

I- Be interested in others’ well being

T- Be truthful in our dealings

H- Be humble and submissive to God

F- Be fair, forgiving and just

U- Be united in our efforts

L- Be loving and kind

F- Forever mindful of God’s presence

E- Earnest and sincere in whatever we say and do

W- Willing to do our part and do good

Overall, our activities include the support of our Pastor and our church’s mission and goals. We participate in the Angel Tree Project yearly and have committed ourselves to the support of several children in Amity’s Vacation Bible School and Day Camp.



The call of the Savior is “Follow Me”. The Rescue Club tries with humility. The club was founded by the late Sis. Susie Ellis and organized September 7, 1921.

The Rescue Club is trying to do the best of their ability for the uplifting of God’s kingdom. We have organized a voluntary program at the Hillside Manor Nursing Home. We have members who participate in this program 1 to 2 days a week. It has been very rewarding to the patients and members.

We pray to let us give comfort to those in need, by smile, kind words or deeds.

Every Thanksgiving the club gives cheer baskets of food to the needy and shut-in members and friends. We visit our sick and home bound as often as possible. We send cards and make telephone calls to them.

We fellowship with other churches in our community. Presently we are involved in the Prison Ministry.



The Willing Workers Club was organized November 16, 11936 in the home of its first president Sis. Pearl C. Blacklock. This auxiliary was a part of the Amity Baptist Church under the pastorship of the late Rev. James R. Moore. The organized group decided to name themselves, “The Helping Hands Club”. We have embraced that slogan in our present club. “Dedicated Women Working in Perfect Harmony.”

This club has and will continue to render exemplary services to the Amity Baptist Church.

As we review the annals over the years of our club’s existence, we found the following Christian builders in our church today. We, the members are thankful to God for enabling us to labor in His vineyard. He provided us with all our needs, with willing hands, hearts and spirit of our membership.

Our current membership is expanding in faith and numbers. We give God the glory and He is worthy to be praised.



There are many reasons for a Prison Ministry but, the most important one is Jesus commands us to according to Matthew 25:31-46. Where Jesus commends the righteous for feeding the hungry, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked and visiting those in prison. Then He declares, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

The Prison Ministry shares with all believers that we have an advocate in Christ Jesus pleading our cause restoring us in fellowship with God. We never need an appointment, no standing in line. All you have to do is pray sincerely anytime, anywhere in Jesus’ name, no matter what the problem you will get an answer. Let our supplication be with praise and thanksgiving. For we have this assurance that when praises go up blessings comes down.

Prison Ministry is making a difference, it is uplifting to hear the testimonies of inmates, ex-inmates and even the guards of how the Holy Spirit is working in their lives. Once a year we have a program called, “From crime to Christ: where ex-prisoners tell what happened since Christ came into their lives. In one of the religious services the minister spoke on what do you see, “BARS OR STARS”. The story was of two inmates in the same cell with a tiny window, one saw bars, hopelessness, anger and bitterness. The other saw stars and hope of starting a new life.

In-Prison Ministry

Mark 16:15b “go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”

religious services
Bible study
Letter writing
Prison Fellowship: remedial education, literacy classes and vocational instruction

Family

James 1:27b “To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction.”

Ministering to families and inmates
Project Angel Tree: making Christmas special for children
Inviting them to Church Sunday School and Church Worship Services
Food and clothing or whatever is needed Aftercare

Romans 15:1a “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak.”



Pastor Dwight M. Jackson organized the group on May 18, 1988. At the beginning we had 15 members and today we have a membership of over forty members “nothing is too small or insignificant to merit God’s help.”

PURPOSE:
Day Time/Christ Time is a program to enrich the lives of Senior Citizens. We meet every Wednesday from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. in the Social Hall of the church. Our meetings and activities are Christ-centered and spiritually uplifting. Van transportation is provided.

Our Pastor has been a mentor for our members and has made a great impact on our lives. We pray that God will continue to bless the shepherd of this church he endeavors to do the will of our Heavenly Father.

Every member plays an important role in Day Time/Christ Time meetings and we demonstrate love towards one another as we fellowship together in unity as one body in Christ.

ACTIVITIES

  • Prayer-concentration
  • Bible Study
  • Testifying
  • Hymn singing
  • Scripture readings
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Trips
  • Games and exercise
  • Current- newsworthy discussions (sometimes controversial)
  • Metered singing- choral group
  • Birthday celebrations