A brief history… Sandhurst Baptist Church was founded in 1884 and operated as an independent fellowship for many years. We are constituted within the Berkshire Baptist Association and the Baptist Union of Great Britain. The Chapel was built in the late 19th century – as a temperance hall! – and can accommodate up to 80 people. The Chapel Hall is a separate building behind the chapel, across a small car park. Within this building there is a main hall, a creche room and a small kitchen & servery. In spring 2013 we began a planned refurbishment of our premises, and by the end of October the same year, after much hard graft and teamwork, we had done enough to enable us to host an open weekend.
Who are we? The leadership and preaching teams are committed to growing a church that is spiritually engaged and listening to Jesus; we are outward looking with strong, caring and supportive friendships in Christ. We are a warm and friendly group of people who enjoy worshipping together and meeting socially. Our relaxed ethos is reflected in our informal worship style. We have a small team gifted in preaching and leading worship, and other members of the congregation are encouraged to contribute to our services. Although there is no Sunday School at present, there is a small group of members who are able to provide teaching for children (2-11 years) as required at the back of the Chapel during the Sunday service. A creche room is also available in our Chapel hall for babies and children under 5.
As a church we seek to give from our income and regularly support the work of the Cleaford Christian trust in Romania, Christopher’s Smile, the Ebenezer Home of Social Outreaches in India, and the Mothers’ Mercy Home in Kenya, as well as the Baptist World Mission and Home Mission. We also support the work of the Trussell Trust by donating food and other items to the Food Bank in Crowthorne.
We have very close links with other churches in the area through Sandhurst Churches Together, and we participate where possible in joint services and social events.
Membership. The church has an open membership in that believer’s baptism is not always a requirement. Members actively support the church through prayer, financial stewardship, and regularly attending services including Holy Communion. We hold bi-monthly Ordinary General Meetings and an Annual general Meeting, which all members are encouraged to attend. Our membership roll is currently 19 and the congregation on Sunday mornings usually numbers around 30-40, with ages ranging from pre-school to the nineties!
Being available. Our Chapel is open most days during daylight hours – for prayer, or just a place to be quiet away from the hustle and bustle of life. Look out for the board which is outside whenever we’re open.
A dedicated group is committed to serve you by praying for you, in Jesus’ name – any information you give will remain confidential within this group. So please do ask, either in the book in the chapel, or using one of the cards provided.