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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 and we are actively involved with the local schools.  Sunday morning worship is for all ages with a separate children's programme and crèche.  Refreshments are served afterwards.   Once a month there is an All Age Service which is a shorter, more relaxed service for everyone.  The evening service is quieter and more reflective in style.  Midweek we have regular house groups for Bible study and prayer.  We work with the other local churches and are part of Bourton Christian Council.  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.

Inside the Church

For information on our services and activities see the Activities page here.


Our Facilities

Parking:
Limited on-site parking, local car parks, Some local street parking

Special needs:
Hearing aid loop, Toilets for the disabled, Wheelchair access


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.

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 house was sold by the church in 1938 and today is the Old Manse Hotel in the centre of the village.

The current Baptist church was built in 1875 and continues to be a centre of Christian witness in Bourton-on-the-Water.


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