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About Us 

Shotgate Baptist Church extern

Shotgate Baptist Church is a relatively small but growing church in the heart of Shotgate.  As an evangelistic church we are blessed to have a committed core fellowship comprising of a diverse range of people. As such, we have a friendly community feel, and with a relaxed environment aim to make everyone feel welcomed into our church family.
 
We strive to “develop people in God’s image”, and through our various activities seek to build genuine and lasting relationships with members of the local community to show God’s love to them and lead them to know Him personally. We also recognise the importance of developing each individual within the church, encouraging one another in our faith to discover and use our unique gifts to serve God in His church to further His kingdom.  This is driven always through our core beliefs in the authority of the Bible as God’s Word, the importance and power of prayer, our love for fellow believers, and our mission to make Christ known.


Our Church

Shotgate Baptist Church is a member of the Baptist Union and a registered charity. As we come into contact with many members of the public, we take our responsibilities seriously and ensure that our relevant church members are fully trained on Health and Safety, Leadership, and Child Protection. As an evangelistic church we recognise the importance of mission on varying scales, and we actively support several mission organisations both in the UK and overseas.

The premises are used by the local community throughout the week as a centre for various meetings and activities.

Planning your Visit

New to Church?

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

Where & when does the church meet?

We meet at the Church Building (details below) for our Sunday Service starting at 10:30am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive please do introduce yourself to someone, we are a friendly bunch.

We serve tea, coffee and biscuits after the church service finishes, usually around 11:45am, please do stay for a tea or coffee and a chat with fellow visitors and our church members. All refreshments are free.

You can see a map of our church location on our contact us page.

Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and there are disabled toilets in the main foyer. Please let the person welcoming on the door know if you require any assistance.
 

Our Service

The main service begins at 10:30am with a warm welcome from one of our church members. Then follows a time of sung worship, led by our talented music team. Sometimes a person might pray out loud or read a small passage from the bible. Sometimes people share things that they believe God is saying to the whole church family. This might seem strange the first time you hear it but it’s all part of our connecting with God. We then share news and notices, usually about what’s going on in the life of the church. Our Minister in Training or a visiting speaker will then give a sermon that is bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We then finish with a final worship song. Sometimes there is an opportunity to receive prayer at the end of the service.

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What about my kids?

We love to have children join us, and welcome all ages! We ask that children be accompanied by their parent/grown-up at all times.

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 the end of the first part of the service someone will announce that it’s time for the younger members to go to their Sunday School . You are welcome to go with your children to their group, if they would be more comfortable with this. 

The Sunday School activities vary depending on the age and theme but usually there is a friendly welcome, bible stories, testimonies, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games and play. Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.

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Getting Connected

 

Care Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our Care Groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. Check out Care Groups and see if there’s one that you could join.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, just let us know! 

Other Ministries

We also run other events, activities and socials throughout the year - please check out the Church Life pages for more information.

If you want to know who the church leaders are , check out our church Leadership Team page.