Our Story

Baptists have been meeting in Harrow since 1806. The first meetings took place in a house on the hill. After that two churches were built in succession in Byron Hill - near John Lyon School. The second building is still there in Byron Hill Road - although not used as a chapel.


Byron Hill Chapel 


college road church 1908


With the coming of the Metropolitan railway much of the population moved from the hill to Greenhill (now the central Harrow area) so the church decided to move to the present site in College Road in 1906. The church with the tower was opened in 1908 and remained a landmark of central Harrow for more than 70 years. 

This church was replaced in 1982-4 by the present suite of buildings. They have been designed to provide excellent facilities for a wide range of church and community activities. The worship area allows us to arrange seating in a variety of ways for different styles of service. 


 Harrow baptist church 1982

Harrow Baptist Church

 Harrow Baptist Church side view


The stained glass windows create a fitting ambience in which to worship God. We have one wall of modern stained glass windows and one wall with antique Breton glass

 

stained glass window

 stained glass window from 1908 church


In the foyer we have the foundation stone from the 1864 Byron Hill Chapel along with the war memorial and memorial window from the 1908 building. We also have the original communion table from the Byron Hill Chapel.

Foundation stone laid by C H Spurgeon

               Bicentenary logo


We have an open baptistery by the main doors into the church. A new believer is baptised when ready to acknowledge Jesus as their Saviour and Lord and with the help of the Holy Spirit promises to serve and love Him. 

       baptistery Harrow Baptist Church

 communion table


We have a communion table, from the 1908 church, at which the church remembers and celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus through the sharing of bread and wine.

The story and work of the Baptists in Harrow is just a small part of the continuing work of the Church. We pray that we may still make a contribution to that work in the future.