About Us

Welcome to the Website of

Barnes Baptist Church

Lonsdale Road, Barnes, London, SW13 9QL

 

ABOUT US

 

A warm welcome awaits you at Barnes Baptist Church.

We offer you our friendship and invite you, wherever you

may be in your journey of faith, to come and explore ‘The

Way’ with us. We are ordinary folk who believe Jesus Christ

to be the answer to questions of meaning, identity and worth,

the One who gives us peace and strength for daily living and

a sure hope for the life that is to come.

 

Baptists have always wanted to put Jesus first and believe

that the true significance of Christian baptism lies in their

individual’s response to the saving work of Jesus Christ in

their own life. That is because being a Christian is not just a

case of believing a lot of things about Jesus, but of following

Him as well. Because of this Baptists have a strong

commitment to the worship of God, the teaching of the Bible

and to the example and work of Jesus Christ in their everyday

lives.

 

There has been a Baptist Church in Barnes since 1866. The original chapel was situated in Stanton Road and was moved to

the present site on the corner of Lonsdale and Suffolk Roads in 1934. The Baptist denomination came into being as a

consequence of the 16th century religious revolution known as ‘The Reformation’. If you would like to learn more about

Baptist history, what Baptist’s believe and why, please go to www.baptist.org.uk .

 

We are one of eighteen Baptist Churches in the Thames Valley District of the London Baptist Association (LBA)

www.londonbaptist.org.uk and here in Barnes we are partners in a local ecumenical covenant (CTiB - Churches Together in

Barnes) with Anglican, Roman Catholic and Methodist churches www.thebic.org.uk . We are also members of the Evangelical

Alliance www.eauk.org As one of the smaller churches in Barnes, intimacy and friendship are two of our specialities, simply

because everyone gets to know everyone else. It also allows us plenty of opportunity during after-service coffee, in our mid-

week meeting, or at one of our socials, to ask questions and share insights of faith. For Baptists the concept of 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.

 

Baptist churches are self-governing and self-supporting. In the Baptist family everybody is equal, for everybody has a part

to play in the service of God. There is no hierarchy but there is a recognition and respect of individual roles of service. Today

there are some 2150 Baptist churches associating together to form the Baptist Union of Great Britain with an approximate

membership of 150,000, while the Baptist World Alliance represents nearly 150,000 churches and more than 43 million

members.