Worship as a way of expressing love for God, caring for and supporting each other, and learning from God’s word, the Bible, should be at the heart of church life.
We meet every Sunday to sing, share news, pray and hear a Bible-based talk. We enjoy exploring other ways of expressing what church can be, for example through Messy Church.
We also have home groups which meet every other Wednesday evening, to share news and study a passage from the Bible.
Grange Baptist is a member of the national body of Baptist Churches, the Baptist Union, and regionally is part of the West of England Baptist Association. As well as links with Gloucester’s other Baptist churches, we enjoy a close partnership with our neighbouring churches, St George’s Anglican and English Martyrs Roman Catholic Church. We partner together under the banner of “The Church in Tuffley”.
For Baptists the concept of family is important. The church is not so much a particular place or building, but rather a family of believers, committed to Christ, to one another and to the service of God in the world.
In this Baptist family everybody is equal, as everybody has a part to play in the service of God. There is no hierarchy of bishops or priests exercising authority over their members.
Baptists are grass-roots people, with a particular emphasis on the local church. These local churches are self-governing and self-supporting. While independent, our churches come together in regional, national and international spheres to promote and support the fellowship of Baptists everywhere.
Forms and styles of worship vary across different Baptist churches; at Grange we have an informal style of worship, and enjoy contemporary music alongside classic older hymns and songs.
At present, Grange Baptist has no full-time minister, but is served by a team of three elders who look after the pastoral needs and spiritual direction of the church, and four deacons who take the lead in practical matters.