Church

We're a family of people committed to living together under the authority of the Bible, who exist to worship God, strengthen believers and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to all.

There are about 50 of us on a Sunday morning, from different nationalities, backgrounds and ages from 5 to 85! The one thing that unites us is our love for Jesus Christ and our gratefulness for his amazing rescue.

When do we meet?

We meet together each Sunday to worship God, learn from the Bible, and enjoy fellowship with one another. We meet during the week in each other's homes for deeper Bible study, applying what God says to our lives.

Sunday mornings

Our main activity as a church is gathering together to worship God and hear from his word on Sundays at 10:30.
Sunday services are only available live streamed via our YouTube channel at the moment due to coronavirus.

Prayer meetings

We also meet on Sunday evenings to pray for our church, our village, our country and our world.
The church prayer meeting is held via Zoom at the moment due to coronavirus.

Bible studies

We meet in each others' homes each week to study the bible and pray together.
Our small groups are meeting via Zoom at the moment due to coronavirus.

We run groups for everyone from toddlers to pensioners so that we can tell as many people as possible the amazing news about Jesus and what he's done for us.

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What kind of church are we?

A loving community...

Church is so much more than what takes place in organised groups and services. We want to be a church who support one another when times are tough, and who encourage one another to live the Christian life 24/7, to grow more and more like Jesus, and to show those we rub shoulders with every day something of the love of God.

...of ordinary people...

Our church is made up of people of all ages and backgrounds. In fact, people just like you! So whether you'd call yourself a Christian or you're just looking, we'd love to get to know you.

We want people to become active followers of Jesus Christ, so as a church we provide opportunities for everyone to learn, serve and grow in their faith.

...who have been saved by Jesus,...

We know that we all naturally rebel against God. We want to live life our own way, putting ourselves first. But God promises that our way leads to destruction. Thankfully, in his infinite love for us, God sent his Son - Jesus - to rescue us from certain death.

Jesus paid the penalty for our rebellion against God in his death on the cross, brought us back to a restored relationship with God our Father, and now lives in us by his Holy Spirit, guiding our lives day by day.

...who take the Bible seriously,...

If you come to our services you'll notice we spend a lot of time reading and explaining the Bible. We believe the Bible is God's perfect word to us - it's how he speaks into our everyday lives. When we hear the Bible preached God speaks to our hearts by his Spirit and forms us to be more and more like Jesus.

We want the Bible to inform everything we do. From our praying and singing on Sunday to working in the office on Monday. From bringing up our children to loving our friends.

...and who want to tell everyone about Jesus.

We know we've been given a wonderful gift by God, and we don't want to keep it to ourselves! Much of our energy as a church is spent on telling people the good news that they too can be rescued from death and brought into the eternal life of Christ.

Find our more about the good news of Jesus Christ  

An evangelical church

We believe that the gospel (evangel in Latin) is the good news of salvation for all people through Jesus Christ.

We believe that the gospel centers on the death of Jesus Christ on the cross in our place.

We believe that the gospel is revealed in the Bible, God's perfect word to us.

For more detail on what we believe, see our statement of faith .

Statement of faith  

A baptist church

Our church started life as "Union Chapel", a mixture of Baptists and Congregationalists.

Find out more about our history  

These days we're a Baptist church. That means we think the Bible teaches adults should be baptised (the word just means dunked in water) when they come to trust in Jesus Christ for salvation. Unlike other churches (such as our friends over the road at All Souls ), we don't baptise babies as they can't tell us whether or not they're trusting Jesus!


An independent church

Despite being a Baptist church, we're not a member of the Baptist Union (for theological reasons) or the Association of Grace Baptist Churches .

In fact, we're not part of any denomination. We are run and entirely finacially supported by our members: ordinary local people.

We don't want to isolate ourselves from Christians in other places though. We are affiliated with the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches , a nationwide group of like-minded churches.

We also have links with other local churches and Christian organisations.

See who we're linked with  

Who leads the church?

Our pastor

Pastor Mark Drury
Mark Drury

Our pastor, Mark Drury, has been at the church since 2011. Mark works full-time for the church.

Find out more about Mark  

Our leadership

Alongside Mark, the church is led by two elders, Laurie and Peter.

Practical matters are handled by the deacons, adminstrator and treasurer.

Our policies

In order to care for the members of the church and visitors to its activities, the church has adopted a number of policies:

Safeguarding policy

Our safeguarding policy outlines how we work to keep children and vulnerable adults safe.

Positive behaviour policy

Our positive behaviour policy guides how we make sure our childrens' groups are safe and fun for all involved.

Privacy policy

Our privacy policy outlines how we use data and keep it safe.