May I extend a very warm welcome to Dedworth Green Baptist Church. Whether you are here as a first-time visitor or a returning friend, whether you have recently moved into the area and are looking for a church, or have lived here for many years and just want to find out what Christianity and church life are all about, we are delighted that you have joined us and trust that God will bless you during your time here.
This church was first established under the oversight of other local churches in the mid-19th Century when Dedworth was one of Windsor’s outlying villages. Originally meeting in an ‘Old Tin Chapel’ opposite what is now Tesco, we moved to our current site in Smiths Lane in 1959, just as new housing developments were building Dedworth into the suburb of Windsor that it is now. The church finally fulfilled a long-standing vision of becoming independent in 1967, since when it has enjoyed periods of growth and change as God has worked amongst us. As a Baptist Church, we are part of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, and also belong to the Evangelical Alliance.
A fire in 2000 destroyed the old worship area and, after 10 years meeting in the school next door, eventually led to the opening of a new church building in 2010. In my short time here I have learned that the church’s reputation for offering a warm and friendly welcome is well-deserved, as it seeks to fulfil its mission statement – ‘To make mature and active disciples of Jesus Christ, who worship and serve God and show God’s love inside and outside the church’.
If I had to boil that statement down to just a few words, I would say that we aim to ‘build faith through friendship’. Whether you are with us for just one morning, or choose to journey with us for a rather longer period, my prayer is that you will find real Christian friendship here, and that as you do, you will be helped on your journey towards a deeper faith in God through Jesus Christ.
Do please introduce yourself to us – we will be delighted to meet you, and if appropriate, to help in any way we can.
Matthew Scott, Minister firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 01753 832002 (office); 01753 863998 (home)