As a Christian church, our main purpose is to worship and praise God, and of course, to share our Christian faith with others. Our Sunday morning services are ‘family’ oriented and we have a Sunday Club (Sonbeams) for children from 3 - 11 years old. We also have a parent supervised creche area for very young children.
Our music group can plays a wide range of contemporary Christian music from the likes of Delirious, Noel Richards, Nicole Nordeman, Graham Kendrick, Michael Smith, Vicki Beeching, Matt Redman etc as well as some of the more traditional songs and hymns.
The church is a member of the Baptist Union of Great Britain which, through Home Mission, helps us to support our own minister. 2001 saw the appointment of our first minister since 1979. Mike Pons was our 'student' minister for 4 years up to July 2005. Mike was ordained in June 2005 and took up a full time role at Holmer Green Baptist Church. Andrew Jackson joined us on September 25th 2005 while he attended a 3 year course at Regent's College in Oxford. Following his ordination on July 6th 2008, Andrew took up his first full-time pastorate at Hope Baptist Church in Highbridge, Somerset. Reverend Katherine Pickford began her ministry here at Radford in October 2009 after completed her studies at Spurgeon's College, London.
Out with the old! In the mid 1980's, the old pews were removed and the original floor replaced as part of a re-furbishment. The church can now seat up to 100 people in comfortable seats. With it's flexible layout, modern lighting and heating, the church offers a welcoming environment. It has even been known for the chairs to be removed for the odd game of badminton! (But not on a Sunday morning!)
WHAT WE BELIEVE..........
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He lived, died and came back to life to bring us forgiveness, peace with God and eternal life. This is the GOOD NEWS that is the Gospel message!
In all we do to bring God’s word to people in what is now largely considered to be a ‘God-less’ society, we uphold God’s word as being as relevant today as it was when it was written all those years ago.
As a ‘Baptist’ church we adhere to the biblical teaching of baptism by full immersion – where only those old enough to accept Jesus and to understand fully what that means – are baptised in water as an outward sign of the ‘new life’ we enter into when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.
Because we don’t baptise infants or babies, we instead hold special ‘Dedication Services’ (similar to Christenings) where the life of a child is ‘dedicated’ to God.
(Click the 'Infant Dedication' link for more details.)
When old enough to understand what it means to become a Christian, it is up to the individual to decide whether or not to accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour and to consider full baptism by immersion as a sign of their ‘new life’ and their commitment to God.