© 2018 Bourton Baptist Church

About Us

Who are we?

Bourton   Baptist   Church   has   been   in   existence   for   over   350   years.    It   is   a small,   friendly   church   with   a   core   membership   of   about   40;   we   welcome many   visitors   throughout   the   year   -   many   of   whom   might   be   enjoying   the beautiful   Cotswolds   on   holiday.    Wherever   you   are   from,   be   it   locally   or   from further   afield,   you   are   assured   of   a   warm   welcome.    We   are   part   of   the   West of   England   Baptist   Association   (WEBA)   and   an   overall   part   of   the   Baptist Union of Churches in the UK. Further information is here: http://www.baptist.org.uk/Groups/220484/Who_are_Baptists.aspx For   Baptists   the   concept   of   a   family   is   important.      The   church   is   not   so   much a   particular   place   or   building,   but   rather   a   family   of   believers,   committed   to Christ, to one another and to the service of God in the world. We   long   for   people   to   know   Jesus,   to   be   transformed   by   knowing   Him,   and bless our communities by His work within us.  This is why we exist. It is summed up in our vision :

“To make Christ known, by growing a healthy church in

relationship, for God's mission”.

We   recognise   that   God   is   at   work   in   this   world,   and   it   is   our   task   to   join   His mission,   wherever   this   may   be.   We   know   we   are   called   to   love   our   neighbour, and   Jesus   has   a   particular   heart   for   the   marginalised.   That   is   why   you’ll   find our   church   engaged   in   foodbanks,   community   groups   such   as   Open   4   U   on   a Thursday; running parent and toddler groups, and providing youth clubs.
Bourton-on-the-Water Baptist Church
Bourton-on-the-Water Baptist Church

Where are we?

The   church   is   easy   to   find   in   Station   Road,   just   a   few   yards   north   from   the   Post   Office   -   click   here   to   see   a   map   of our   location .    Parking   is   very   limited   at   the   church;   however,   the   village   is   well   served   by   public   car   parks   and there is some on-street parking available nearby.

When to arrive:

If   this   is   your   first   visit,   we   suggest   you   might   like   to   arrive   about   10   minutes   before   the   service   starts.  You   will   be greeted at the door by our stewards - hymn books and Bibles are available in the pews.

What to wear:

We   are   an   informal   church,   so   please   wear   whatever   you   feel   comfortable   in.      There   is   no   requirement   to   "dress up".    Whether   you   feel   more   comfortable   in   a   business   suit,   casual   dress,   or   jeans,   T-shirt   and   sweater   -   you   are equally welcome.

What to expect:

Our   Sunday   morning   worship   is   for   all   ages.    We   start   with   a   short   introduction,   which   might   include   some   notices of   forthcoming   events,   or   news   of   church   members,   followed   by   worship   which   consists   of   singing   hymns   and songs,   one   or   two   readings   from   the   Bible,   and   some   time   of   prayer.    Frequently,   the   sermons   are   illustrated   using computer   projection   onto   a   screen,   this   is   also   used   to   display   the   words   of   some   of   the   songs.    An   offering   is normally taken during the service.  Communion   is   usually   held   at   the   first   Sunday   evening   and   third   Sunday   morning   service   each   month.    As   is   the custom   within   the   Baptist   Church,   the   congregation   is   served   in   their   seats   by   the   Church   Deacons   with   the   bread and   wine.    The   bread   is   eaten   upon   receiving   and   the   communion   wine,   which   is   served   in   individual   communion glasses, is retained until the whole congregation has been served and then drunk together.  There   is   space   -   and   toys   -   on   the   right-hand   side   of   the   church   for   young   children   to   use;   children   are   invited   to take part in their own activities in the Church Hall immediately after the offering is taken.  After   the   morning   service,   please   join   us   for   tea   and   coffee   which   is   served   in   the   Church   Hall   at   the   back   of   the Church (behind the pulpit).  The evening service is quieter and more reflective in style, and is usually held in the Church Hall. We   want   to   make   you   feel   welcome   -   with   no   pressures   -   be   you   a   regular   church   goer   and   Christian   for   many   years or someone who is considering, perhaps for the first time, what Christianity is about.

What we believe:

We   are   a   Christian   church   and   believe   that   all   can   have   a   relationship   with   God. We   believe   that   God   sent   his   only son,   Jesus   Christ,   to   live   on   the   earth   2000   years   ago   and   that   Jesus   died   so   that   our   wrong-doing   -   our   sins   -   might be forgiven.  For more information on the Christian faith visit www.rejesus.co.uk If   you   want   to   find   out   more   about   what   Christianity   is   all   about,   you   may   prefer   to   join   an Alpha   group.     Alpha   is   a great   way   to   find   out   more   about   God   and   explore   the   meaning   of   life.    No   question   is   too   stupid   and   you'll   find other   people   also   exploring   God   for   the   first   time.    Alpha   is   relaxed,   non-threatening,   friendly   and   fun.    You   can find out a little more about Alpha here .  For more information call Revd Ian Fowler on 01451 824225.

Our Mission:

Bourton Baptist Church are committed to intentionally developing a culture where we... SEEK TO BE A MOVEMENT OF SPIRIT LED COMMUNITIES: As   those   who   have   encountered   the   living   Christ,   to   intentionally   seek   his   will   and   purpose   for   our   church   and every expression of our shared life ( Gal. 5:22-25 )   FEEL LIKE ONE TEAM: Celebrating   diversity;   valuing,   respecting   and   trusting   each   other   as   we   work   together   in   partnerships   –   making sure everyone feels included and listened to ( I Cor. 12:24b-27 )   EMBRACE ADVENTURE: Being   serious   about   discipleship,   willing   to   take   risks,   pioneer   and   move   out   of   the   comfort   zone   of   familiar   ways of doing things ( Matt. 28:18-20 )   INSPIRE OTHERS: With a generosity of spirit, energise and motivate people to be all that God created them to be ( Eph. 5:1-2 )   SHARE A HUNGER FOR GOD'S COMING KINGDOM: Nurturing   a   “holy   discontent”   that   arises   from   our   desire   to   give   practical   expression   to   our   vision   of   God’s   purpose for   creation   –   confronting   evil,   injustice   and   hypocrisy   and   challenging   worldly   attitudes   to   power,   wealth,   status and security both within and beyond our church. ( Matt. 6:9-10 )

About Us

Who are we?

Bourton    Baptist    Church    has    been    in existence   for   over   350   years.    It   is   a small,    friendly    church    with    a    core membership   of   about   40;   we   welcome many    visitors    throughout    the    year    - many   of   whom   might   be   enjoying   the beautiful       Cotswolds       on       holiday.  Wherever   you   are   from,   be   it   locally   or from   further   afield,   you   are   assured   of a   warm   welcome.    We   are   part   of   the West    of    England    Baptist    Association (WEBA)    and    an    overall    part    of    the Baptist   Union   of   Churches   in   the   UK. Further information is here: http://www.baptist.org.uk/Groups/220 484/Who_are_Baptists.aspx For   Baptists   the   concept   of   a   family   is important.     The   church   is   not   so   much   a particular   place   or   building,   but   rather a    family    of    believers,    committed    to Christ,    to    one    another    and    to    the service of God in the world. We   long   for   people   to   know   Jesus,   to   be transformed   by   knowing   Him,   and   bless our   communities   by   His   work   within   us.     This is why we exist. It is summed up in our vision :

“To make Christ known, by

growing a healthy church in

relationship, for God's mission”.

We   recognise   that   God   is   at   work   in   this world,    and    it    is    our    task    to    join    His mission,    wherever    this    may    be.    We know     we     are     called     to     love     our neighbour,   and   Jesus   has   a   particular heart   for   the   marginalised.   That   is   why you’ll     find     our     church     engaged     in foodbanks,   community   groups   such   as Open   4   U   on   a   Thursday;   running   parent and   toddler   groups,   and   providing   youth clubs.
Bourton-on-the-Water Baptist Church
Bourton-on-the-Water Baptist Church
© 2016 Bourton Baptist Church

Where are we?

The   church   is   easy   to   find   in   Station   Road,   just   a   few   yards north   from   the   Post   Office   -   click   here   to   see   a   map   of   our location .    Parking   is   very   limited   at   the   church;   however,   the village   is   well   served   by   public   car   parks   and   there   is   some on-street parking available nearby.

When to arrive:

If   this   is   your   first   visit,   we   suggest   you   might   like   to   arrive about   10   minutes   before   the   service   starts.    You   will   be greeted   at   the   door   by   our   stewards   -   hymn   books   and   Bibles are available in the pews.

What to wear:

We   are   an   informal   church,   so   please   wear   whatever   you feel   comfortable   in.      There   is   no   requirement   to   "dress   up".  Whether   you   feel   more   comfortable   in   a   business   suit,   casual dress,    or    jeans,    T-shirt    and    sweater    -    you    are    equally welcome.

What to expect:

Our   Sunday   morning   worship   is   for   all   ages.    We   start   with   a short    introduction,    which    might    include    some    notices    of forthcoming   events,   or   news   of   church   members,   followed by   worship   which   consists   of   singing   hymns   and   songs,   one   or two    readings    from    the    Bible,    and    some    time    of    prayer.  Frequently,    the    sermons    are    illustrated    using    computer projection   onto   a   screen,   this   is   also   used   to   display   the words   of   some   of   the   songs.    An   offering   is   normally   taken during the service.  Communion   is   usually   held   at   the   first   Sunday   evening   and third   Sunday   morning   service   each   month.    As   is   the   custom within    the    Baptist    Church,    the    congregation    is    served    in their   seats   by   the   Church   Deacons   with   the   bread   and   wine.  The   bread   is   eaten   upon   receiving   and   the   communion   wine, which   is   served   in   individual   communion   glasses,   is   retained until    the    whole    congregation    has    been    served    and    then drunk together.  There   is   space   -   and   toys   -   on   the   right-hand   side   of   the church   for   young   children   to   use;   children   are   invited   to take    part    in    their    own    activities    in    the    Church    Hall immediately after the offering is taken.  After   the   morning   service,   please   join   us   for   tea   and   coffee which   is   served   in   the   Church   Hall   at   the   back   of   the   Church (behind the pulpit).  The   evening   service   is   quieter   and   more   reflective   in   style, and is usually held in the Church Hall. We   want   to   make   you   feel   welcome   -   with   no   pressures   -   be you   a   regular   church   goer   and   Christian   for   many   years   or someone   who   is   considering,   perhaps   for   the   first   time,   what Christianity is about.

What we believe:

We   are   a   Christian   church   and   believe   that   all   can   have   a relationship   with   God. We   believe   that   God   sent   his   only son,   Jesus   Christ,   to   live   on   the   earth   2000   years   ago   and that   Jesus   died   so   that   our   wrong-doing   -   our   sins   -   might   be forgiven.    For   more   information   on   the   Christian   faith   visit www.rejesus.co.uk If   you   want   to   find   out   more   about   what   Christianity   is   all about,   you   may   prefer   to   join   an   Alpha   group.      Alpha   is   a great    way    to    find    out    more    about    God    and    explore    the meaning   of   life.    No   question   is   too   stupid   and   you'll   find other   people   also   exploring   God   for   the   first   time.    Alpha   is relaxed,   non-threatening,   friendly   and   fun.    You   can   find   out a   little   more   about   Alpha   here .      For   more   information   call Revd Ian Fowler on 01451 824225.

Our Mission:

Bourton    Baptist    Church    are    committed    to    intentionally developing a culture where we... SEEK TO BE A MOVEMENT OF SPIRIT LED COMMUNITIES: As    those    who    have    encountered    the    living    Christ,    to intentionally   seek   his   will   and   purpose   for   our   church   and every expression of our shared life ( Gal. 5:22-25 )   FEEL LIKE ONE TEAM: Celebrating   diversity;   valuing,   respecting   and   trusting   each other   as   we   work   together   in   partnerships   –   making   sure everyone feels included and listened to ( I Cor. 12:24b-27 )   EMBRACE ADVENTURE: Being    serious    about    discipleship,    willing    to    take    risks, pioneer   and   move   out   of   the   comfort   zone   of   familiar   ways of doing things ( Matt. 28:18-20 )   INSPIRE OTHERS: With   a   generosity   of   spirit,   energise   and   motivate   people   to be all that God created them to be ( Eph. 5:1-2 )   SHARE A HUNGER FOR GOD'S COMING KINGDOM: Nurturing   a   “holy   discontent”   that   arises   from   our   desire   to give   practical   expression   to   our   vision   of   God’s   purpose   for creation    –    confronting    evil,    injustice    and    hypocrisy    and challenging   worldly   attitudes   to   power,   wealth,   status   and security both within and beyond our church. ( Matt. 6:9-10 )