© 2020 Bourton Baptist Church

Welcome

This Season

Although we don’t have a resident minister at the moment, we meet every Sunday morning for our worship service at 10.30 am. Everyone is welcome to join us, whether you consider yourself a Christian or not. We think it is both sensible and appropriate that we continue to take some measures to ensure that everyone stays safe and well following the relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions. We are very aware that there will be differing views on this; in some respects, it was easier when rules were more restrictive but at least definite. We ask everyone involved to be kind and to treat each other with respect, knowing that we will all approach this ‘new normality’ differently some with caution, some with enthusiasm. Please do not put pressure on someone else to ‘do it your way’. Please do not attend if you have symptoms of Coronavirus, have had a positive test result or are self-isolating. Hand sanitising stations are available at each entrance. There is no requirement to book to attend services or other events. The wearing of face masks is encouraged if possible particularly when singing or moving around the building – but not compulsory. Please maintain social distancing where possible. Refreshments (tea and coffee) will be available after services.

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, particularly through our weekly drop-in ‘Open4U’, and also have links with the local schools. Our Sunday morning worship is for all ages, although youth activities are limited at present. Our evening service is still ‘on hold’ following the COVID-19 restrictions. We have meetings during the week for bible study and prayer and also work with the other local churches through Churches Together in Bourton. 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
© 2021 Bourton Baptist Church Registered Charity No: 1189877

Welcome

This Season

Although we don’t have a resident minister at the moment, we meet every Sunday morning for our worship service at 10.30 am. Everyone is welcome to join us, whether you consider yourself a Christian or not. We think it is both sensible and appropriate that we continue to take some measures to ensure that everyone stays safe and well following the relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions. We are very aware that there will be differing views on this; in some respects, it was easier when rules were more restrictive but at least definite. We ask everyone involved to be kind and to treat each other with respect, knowing that we will all approach this ‘new normality’ differently some with caution, some with enthusiasm. Please do not put pressure on someone else to ‘do it your way’. Please do not attend if you have symptoms of Coronavirus, have had a positive test result or are self- isolating. Hand sanitising stations are available at each entrance. There is no requirement to book to attend services or other events. The wearing of face masks is encouraged if possible particularly when singing or moving around the building – but not compulsory. Please maintain social distancing where possible. Refreshments (tea and coffee) will be available after services.

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, particularly through our weekly drop-in ‘Open4U’, and also have links with the local schools. Our Sunday morning worship is for all ages, although youth activities are limited at present. Our evening service is still ‘on hold’ following the COVID-19 restrictions. We have meetings during the week for bible study and prayer and also work with the other local churches through Churches Together in Bourton. 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
© 2021 Bourton Baptist Church Registered Charity No: 1189877