There has been a Baptist church in Crowthorne since 1914. The present church building opened on our High Street site in 1953 and the front was modernised by the addition of a foyer in the late 1980s. We are a group of ordinary people of all ages who have found meaning, purpose and hope for life in a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. Our Vision is 'to build a Christ-centred community', and we aim to base everything that we are and do on that vision. The vision can be broken down into five areas:
Teaching God's word
Telling others about Jesus
Treating through pastoral care
Transforming lives through God's Holy Spirit
Togetherness - regularly meeting with one another on Sundays, in small groups and socially
We pride ourselves on being inclusive, and our Sunday services are friendly, welcoming and lively, as we seek to work out what it means to live the Christian life in the 21st Century.
We recognise that the church is part of the local community and has a calling to serve that community in whatever way we can. Our position in the middle of the High Street next to the Library gives us a sense of being at the heart of the village, so we are keen to continue the idea of being a “chaplain to the High Street” that was started by our previous Pastor. We are connected to the local traders via the Crowthorne Traders’ Association and we have links with local schools, Crowthorne Parish Council, Crowthorne Good Neighbours and the Citizens Advice Bureau. We are also actively involved in Churches Together in Crowthorne.
The Ark Pre-school was started by a church member and we maintain strong links with it. The Ark operates in the church hall every morning of the week during term-time. Two youth drop-in clubs operate from the church during term time: “Zone6” for Year 6 pupils on Mondays and “HopeZone” for pupils in Years 7-11 on Wednesdays. We maintain contacts at several local primary schools (Hatch Ride, Wildmoor Heath, Oaklands and Crowthorne Church of England) and with our local secondary school (Edgbarrow). Our work with them has included assemblies and lunch time clubs, but these are currently reduced due to having no full-time Minister at present.
CBC is a member of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Evangelical Alliance and Churches Together in Crowthorne.