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. Building on this, the "Prayer for the Community" initiative began in October 2019. We are connected to the local traders via the Crowthorne Traders’ Association and we have links with Crowthorne Parish Council, Crowthorne Good Neighbours and the Citizens Advice Bureau.
The Ark Pre-school was started by a church member and we maintain strong links with it.
HopeZone & Zone6 youth drop-in clubs, which operate during term time, have strong links to CBC.
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. Although some of these activities have been reduced during the pastoral vacancy, we are pleased that a small group of members is working with Wildmoor Heath School to present the Bible Society's "Open The Book" once a month, starting early in 2020. The photo shows them telling the story of Adam and Eve with a very alluring serpent on 24th February.
It goes without saying that we are immensely grateful to Wildmoor Heath School for the use of their hall for our Sunday services during the building programme in 2020.
CBC is a member of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Evangelical Alliance and Churches Together in Crowthorne.