About Us

What we stand for

As a Baptist Church we do not define our faith by a list of things we all believe, such as a creed. We tend to reject “Statements of Faith” and similar as they can never reflect our memberships diverse faith and spirituality. 

 

How it works

Baptists work on the principle of “the priesthood of all believers” meaning that every member of the church has an equal say on matters concerning the running, conduct, ethos and direction of the church through the Church Meeting. Baptists have no bishops or other hierarchy as such, there is a national organisation: the “Baptist Union of Great Britain” but they are servants of the individual churches and facilitate some of the practicalities as well as maintaining lists of ministers who individual churches may employ. The Church Meeting appoints Deacons as well as a Secretary and Treasurer who are servants to the church meeting (and trustees for legal purposes) but deal with day to day matters as well as facilitating pastoral work etc. The Minister of any church has an equal say to any other church member and is selected and appointed by the Church Meeting. The Church meeting also appoints individuals and/or sub-committees to run our organisations.

 

Sundays

Sunday Worship currently follows the following monthly pattern:

1st Sunday: Communion service: a traditional style service with communion – we tend to serve each other with communion along the rows of seating as a symbol of our equality and togetherness.

2nd Sunday: Open Worship: as it's name suggests this could take any form as decided by whoever's leading it.

3rd Sunday: Communion service: as above

4th Sunday: Cafe Church: Choose what you do! There is usually a discussion group, a quiet space as well as space to sit and chat, often with other activities for all ages. Coffee is served (on a pay as you feel basis). Cafe Church is preceded by a short communion service at 10am.

5th Sunday: Open Worship: as above

This schedule is, of course, flexible and different leaders/ministers are free to “do their own thing”.

 

 

 

DESIGN BY MARTIN KERNICK