Beliefs

The way we 'do church' is guided by our vision which is fuelled by our beliefs as an evangelical church in membership of the Baptist Union of Great Britain.

Believer's Baptism

One of the distinctive marks of a Baptist Church is the practice of believer’s baptism by immersion. This means that anyone who has come to faith in Jesus Christ (5 minutes or 5 years earlier) can express their desire to follow him in their life by a public act of dedication – during a service of worship, usually on a Sunday – as they are plunged beneath the water in the church’s full-length baptistery or other place.

This act is a symbol of God’s cleansing from sin when we ask him to forgive us, wanting to identify clearly and fully with Jesus in his death and resurrection, and a “nailing one’s colours to the mast” when the candidate declares their faith in Christ openly before the congregation.

Baptismal preparation classes are always offered – even for anyone who simply want to know and think more about it before personally committing to this important step. Please contact the pastor for more information.

How it works

Most Baptist churches have a leadership team comprising pastor(s) and deacons who usually meet monthly to pray through and discuss how best to serve the church’s spiritual and practical needs.

The church members’ meeting – in this church, usually every other month – is the way we seek to know what God’s will is for the life and direction of Hill Cliffe Baptist Church.

Any member, full or associate, may attend. Full members are those who have been baptised as believers by immersion, associate are those who have been baptised in other church traditions

It is not a “business meeting”, rather it is a gathering of believers in the presence of God to worship, pray and talk together about things which affect us as individuals or as a community. After prayerful discussion, we then seek a consensus (often with a vote) on a plan of action, if it seems good to bring the matter to a conclusion.

The things we discuss are to do with the church itself (membership and pastoral issues, mission, finance and fabric, etc.), our relations with other churches, our community’s needs and international and mission matters.