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About Us

Who Are We?

Services from July.jpgWe are a family church filled with ordinary people trying our best to follow Jesus.

We do our best to be a serving, loving, hospitable, inclusive, praying and worshipping community.

We extend a warm welcome to everyone, wherever they are on their journey of faith and whatever questions they may have.

Although we have a wonderful church building we like to think of ourselves as a church without walls; a group of people living life with God, seeking to serve our local and wider communities in any way we can.

We are blessed to live and serve in such a beautiful part of the world and we extend an invitation to you to come and join us.

Why are we here?

Our mission statement  is “Knowing Jesus Christ and making Him known.”

This takes us to some challenging and wonderful places and we are always delighted when anyone joins us on that journey.

Together we attempt to make Jesus known through teaching, preaching, worship, and prayer as well as social events, fun and laughter.  We also think that it’s equally important to make Jesus known through the way we live our lives and so we encourage each other to live the good news the best we can in and out of church.

We seek to share the gospel in word and in deed and to overcome the barriers that separate us from each other and from the love of God.

Baptism and Membership

Downton Baptist Church - River BaptismRiver Baptism - Downton Baptist Church

Everyone is welcome to come and join in our services and events, and become part of our church community. We will gladly baptise those who accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour.

These services are joyful times of celebration and reflection on the work of God in our lives. Children get front row seats at the edge of the pool and all others gather around to support those being baptised.

We also have membership for those who would like to become a formal part of Downton Baptist Church, making a covenant with one another and God, and attending the quarterly meetings that direct the life of the church. As a Baptist church we believe that these Church Meetings are central to our Christian life together and that God speaks to His church as we come together to seek His guidance. Please contact Philip Rhoades or Katy Ullyatt if you are interested in membership.

Our mission statement  is “Knowing Jesus Christ and making Him known.”

This takes us to some challenging and wonderful places and we are always delighted when anyone joins us on that journey. Together we attempt to make Jesus known through teaching, preaching, worship, and prayer as well as games, fun and laughter.  We also think that it’s equally important to make Jesus known through the way we live our lives and so we encourage each other to live the good news the best we can in and out of church.

We seek to share the gospel in word and in deed and to overcome the barriers that separate us from each other and from the love of God.
Come and join us! 

Pastors


Rev Philip Rhoades can be contacted on 07468 491143 or email Philip@downtonbaptist.org
Rev Katy Ullyatt can be contacted on 01725 512971 or email Katy@downtonbaptist.org

The church mobile number is 07468 491143. It will be answered whenever possible. Please do leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as they can. 
 

Church Office


The church office is run by Felicity Alabaster and is open on:
Mondays 9am - 1pm, 
Tuesdays 9am - 1pm 
Wednesdays 9am - 1pm 
Thursdays 9am - 1pm.

Telephone 01725 512971.
Email: office@downtonbaptist.org
 

Church Deacons

Deacons 2021

John Baker (Chair), Graham Lloyd-Jones, Tracy Smith, Joyce Hughes, Jim King, Rebecca Trendall, Dianne Goodman and Kevin Chinn.  To contact the Deacons please click here  Treasurer: Ian Mitchell

The Minister, Deacons and Treasurer are the Registered Charity Trustees of Downton Baptist Church.


Safeguarding


Dr Chris Anderson, is the Designated Safeguarding Officer.
Dr Francoise Wynn is the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer. 
Dr Joyce Hughes is the Safeguarding Trustee,
For any matters related to the safeguarding of children and adults please contact them.

Downton Baptist Church is committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. Our safe to grow statement is: As members of this church, we commit ourselves to the nurturing, protecting and safekeeping of all, especially children and young people, as laid out in our Policy Statement. We ask all members to be vigilant for the safety of our children in the building at all times, especially on a Sunday morning. The safeguarding policy is under regular review and is displayed on the notice board in the foyer.  All those leading work with children and vulnerable adults have a DBS check. 
 

Access for all


We want to make sure anyone can join in and so although the Chapel is upstairs, a lift is available. We have disabled toilets on the ground floor and provide a loop system for those with Hearing Aids. We run a full programme for babies, children and youth.  If you are unable to join us for a service you don’t need to miss out, sermons are recorded and are available HERE.
 

Hall, Field and Camping 


You are welcome to hire our facilities.
Please click here to download the forms
Hello
Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello to DBC

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When?

We meet at our Church in South Lane, Downton, for our Sunday Service starting at 10.30 am. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team and Duty Stewards.

We serve tea, coffee and biscuits following our service.. It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings. 

Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There is a disabled toilets.

Our Service

The Sunday Morning Worship service begins at 10.30 am with a warm welcome.
During the service there will be a time of sung worship, led by our band.  There will then follow readings from the bible and a talk about what we have heard.  There will be times of prayer.
Please ask if this is new for you and would like some support.

We are pleased to say we have a programme for our young people and everyone is welcome.

Children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service for the welcome, songs and notices. We really value worshipping God all together as a family. At an appropriate moment,  the young people will be asked to go their various groups.  You will need to go with your children to their groups and register them as part of our child safety policy. 

Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.

Lots more going on

As you explore the website you'll find an active community involved in the ministry of the church all week.  Take a look around and please get in touch if you would like to know more.  

Getting in touch

Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
Name:
Telephone:
Email Address:
Comments / Questions or anything you would like to say?

Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.
 

Leadership 

Philip   Katy
Rev Philip Rhoades   Rev Katy Ullyatt
Pastor   Pastor
 
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.