Teddington Baptist Church
What Are Baptists?
We are a Baptist Church of about 80 members in Teddington, Middlesex, UK (Find Us) and most visitors say we are a
very warm and friendly Church. Our Sunday Services are usually held
at 10.30am and 6.30pm - details for any partiuclar Sunday are in our Church Diary. If you are not welcomed
warmly by several people on your first visit you should
complain to one of the members of our Leadership Team!
We mostly use modern songs projected onto a screen but
sometimes use older hymns from Songs of Fellowship or the
Baptist Hymn Book. Most people use the NIV translation of the
Bible and that's the translation provided for the use of
visitors. You can listen to recent sermons preached during our services at Listen to a Sermon.
We have a creche during the morning service for small
children and Sunday Groups for older children and young
people. We serve coffee and tea after our Sunday morning
service. We also offer prayer ministry after each of our
What Are Baptists?
Each local Baptist Church is independent, linked only to other Baptist churches by voluntary association. There is no national Baptist Church, only a Union of independent local Baptist Churches. But that does not make us isolationist - we belong to the Baptist Union, the Evangelical Alliance, the London Baptist Association and Churches Together in Teddington.
Baptist churches are gathered churches in that they consist of those who have 'gathered together' by mutual consent. Members of a local Baptist Church "opt into" membership, rather than entering it by default through tradition or location. Each local Baptist Church is congregationally governed. This means that all the major decisions about the life and work of a local Church are made by its own members. There is no central governing body of Baptist Churches.
As our name suggests, Baptists practice the baptism of believers. The New Testament teaches that baptism is for those who have come to a personal faith in Jesus Christ. For this reason we practice Believers' Baptism - that is baptism of those who profess a real faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as their own personal Saviour. And consequently we only baptise those old enough to have a real understanding of the Christian faith - and what Christian commitment means. We baptise by total immersion because we are following the example of Jesus and the early church which baptised in this way. Click to Watch a Baptism.