Firstly, why you might want to come to Harrow Baptist Church ?
* You will receive a friendly welcome.
* We use a wide range of songs and hymns
* We have a good pipe organ and piano
* We have ordered worship of varying styles
* We have readings from the Bible at each service.
* You will find the Sermons stimulating and challenging
In addition - the building is modern, warm and comfortable
Tea and coffee are served after the morning service (and sometimes cakes !)
We very much
welcome children of all ages to our morning services. A crèche is provided for
babies and toddlers and there are activities for children from 4
We welcome everyone, irrespective of age, gender, race, sexuality, or anything else that distinguishes people.
So how do we see ourselves?
We are a 'broad' church and include people with a wide range of Christian beliefs. We don't expect people to accept a list of doctrines - or a creed. Membership follows a confession that Jesus Christ is Lord. We enable questioning, open-minded people to discover for themselves the significance of Jesus Christ.
How do we see our
We offer worship and preaching each Sunday. We
also keep our doors open through most of the week when hundreds of people come through
our doors- some with burdens to share. We have coffee mornings, community
groups and charities using our rooms. Many youngsters come to our youth
organisations. We expect our members to be 'missionaries' in their everyday
We have a commitment to see that people are housed. For the elderly we have a close association with a sheltered housing project begun by the church in the 1960's and now run ecumenically in Harrow. We have assisted the Harrow Churches Housing in providing accommodation for the young.
A short article about our Housing project can be found here.
We host a drop in centre for Firm Foundation working with those who are homeless in Harrow. We also help at the Welldon Community Centre (Ecumenical) and raise funds for local charities.
Outside Harrow, we support the Baptist World Mission, Baptist Home Mission, Christian Aid, Embrace the Middle East and a wide range of other charities (many with profits from coffee mornings). We have links with people serving with YWAM in Mali, with Mercy Ships and with the Dohnavur Fellowship in India
In the Baptist family everybody is equal, for everybody has a part to play in the service of God. There is no hierarchy of bishops or priests exercising authority over their members. Equality of status, however, does not mean that all have the same role. Each local Baptist church appoints its own leaders - or ministers - to have particular responsibility for preaching, teaching and pastoral care. Working alongside these ministers are also deacons, who together with the minister form the leadership team of the church.
As Baptists we believe that faith in Jesus Christ is a matter of personal response. When the time comes to make an open demonstration of our love for and commitment to Christ and His work we join the Church through baptism. You will find our baptistery to the left of the main doors into the church. In Baptism we are totally immersed in water as a sign of our beginning a new life in Christ. We believe that this method of entry into the church was the one used most commonly in the times of Jesus and His first disciples and clearly demonstrates what commitment to Christ means. However, we are happy to welcome into our membership those who have been baptized in other church fellowships whether as believers or babies, on a profession of faith.
How do we see the Bible?
We all take the Bible seriously - but while some will interpret it fairly literally others will feel that the deeper meaning may be lost in too literal a reading. We try to view the book as a whole in its historical and theological context and would think it dangerous to use arguments based on one text
How are we governed?
We are led by a Minister and deacons - we don't have elders. Men and women take on leadership roles on an equal basis .As Baptists, all authority in church government and decision making is taken by the church members and deacons as we come together under the guidance of the Holy Spirit
How do we view other denominations?
We have very good relationships with the other churches in Harrow through the Churches Together in Central Harrow group Our partner churches are St Mary’s Harrow-on-the-Hill, St John’s Harrow , Trinity Church and Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury.
For enquiries about the faith and life of Harrow Baptist Church contact the Minister