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Welcome

About Us

Bourton-on-the-Water    Baptist    Church    is    a    small,    friendly,    church situated   in   the   centre   of   the   village   of   Bourton-on-the-Water   in   the beautiful   Cotswold   hills   in   Gloucestershire.    We   are   committed   to serving   the   local   community   and   we   are   actively   involved   with   the local   schools.    Sunday   morning   worship   is   for   all   ages   with   a   separate children's     programme     and     crèche.      Refreshments     are     served afterwards.      Once   a   month   there   is   an All Age   Family   Service   which   is a   shorter,   more   relaxed   service   for   everyone.    The   evening   service   is quieter    and    more    reflective    in    style.     During    the    week    we    have regular   house   groups   for   Bible   study   and   prayer.    We   work   with   the other   local   churches   and   are   part   of   Bourton   Christian   Council.    Our aim   is   to   share   the   love   of   Jesus   through   word   and   deed.   If   you   would like more details please phone the Church Office on 01451 824225.

Our Facilities

Parking: Limited on-site parking, local car parks, Some local street parking. Special needs: Wheelchair   access   into   the   church   is   available. We   also   have a   toilet for the disabled and a hearing aid loop.

History of the Church

Bourton-on-the-Water    Baptist    Church    came    into    being    around    the 1650s.  The   area   was   a   nursery   of   non-conformism   and   Bourton's   1200- odd inhabitants belonged to just about every denomination available. As   time   wore   on,   the   various   Baptist   congregations   moved   closer together   and   eventually   merged,   building   their   own   Meeting   House   in 1701   on   the   site   now   occupied   by   the   cemetery.    In   1740,   a   vacancy for   the   post   of   minister   arose   and   the   choice   fell   on   a   promising   lad   of only   23,   Benjamin   Beddome.    So   popular   was   Beddome   that,   even before   he   had   accepted   the   post   full-time,   and   even   though   he   was still   a   young   bachelor,   his   flock   started   collecting   to   build   a   grand   new manse   for   him.    They   raised   the   huge   sum   of   £217,   enough   to   build   a handsome    double-fronted    home,    which    he    moved    into    when    he married   in   1749.      The   house   was   sold   by   the   church   in   1938   and   today is the Old Manse Hotel in the centre of the village. Beddome   stayed   in   the   Church   for   55   years,   dying   in   the   house   on   3rd September   1795,   aged   79.    He   was   not   only   a   well   loved   pastor   and preacher, but had a growing reputation as a hymn writer. The   current   Baptist   church   was   built   in   1875   and   continues   to   be   a centre of Christian witness in Bourton-on-the-Water.
Bourton-on-the-Water Baptist Church
Bourton-on-the-Water Baptist Church

Welcome

About Us

Bourton-on-the-Water   Baptist   Church   is a   small,   friendly,   church   situated   in   the centre   of   the   village   of   Bourton-on-the- Water   in   the   beautiful   Cotswold   hills   in Gloucestershire.    We   are   committed   to serving   the   local   community   and   we   are actively      involved      with      the      local schools.    Sunday   morning   worship   is   for all    ages    with    a    separate    children's programme   and   crèche.    Refreshments are   served   afterwards.      Once   a   month there   is   an All Age   Family   Service   which is   a   shorter,   more   relaxed   service   for everyone.      The     evening     service     is quieter   and   more   reflective   in   style.  During   the   week   we   have   regular   house groups   for   Bible   study   and   prayer.    We work   with   the   other   local   churches   and are   part   of   Bourton   Christian   Council.  Our   aim   is   to   share   the   love   of   Jesus through   word   and   deed.   If   you   would like    more    details    please    phone    the Church Office on 01451 824225.

Our Facilities

Parking: Limited   on-site   parking,   local   car   parks, Some local street parking. Special needs: Wheelchair    access    into    the    church    is available. We   also   have a   toilet   for   the disabled and a hearing aid loop.

History of the Church

Bourton-on-the-Water     Baptist     Church came   into   being   around   the   1650s.    The area   was   a   nursery   of   non-conformism and     Bourton's     1200-odd     inhabitants belonged       to       just       about       every denomination available. As   time   wore   on,   the   various   Baptist congregations    moved    closer    together and   eventually   merged,   building   their own   Meeting   House   in   1701   on   the   site now    occupied    by    the    cemetery.     In 1740,   a   vacancy   for   the   post   of   minister arose   and   the   choice   fell   on   a   promising lad   of   only   23,   Benjamin   Beddome.    So popular   was   Beddome   that,   even   before he   had   accepted   the   post   full-time,   and even    though    he    was    still    a    young bachelor,   his   flock   started   collecting   to build   a   grand   new   manse   for   him.    They raised   the   huge   sum   of   £217,   enough   to build   a   handsome   double-fronted   home, which   he   moved   into   when   he   married in   1749.      The   house   was   sold   by   the church    in    1938    and    today    is    the    Old Manse    Hotel    in    the    centre    of    the village. Beddome   stayed   in   the   Church   for   55 years,     dying     in     the     house     on     3rd September   1795,   aged   79.    He   was   not only   a   well   loved   pastor   and   preacher, but   had   a   growing   reputation   as   a   hymn writer. The   current   Baptist   church   was   built   in 1875   and   continues   to   be   a   centre   of Christian     witness     in     Bourton-on-the- Water.
Bourton-on-the-Water Baptist Church
Bourton-on-the-Water Baptist Church
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