Church history

Our Purpose

Brentford Free Church is a Baptist and United Reformed Church Local Ecumenical Partnership. This means our theology is based on the traditions of both the URC and Baptist traditions, and are supported by these organisations, whilst managing our own approach to worship and organisation through a team of Deacons.

We are also self-funding, and have to pay our Minister and staff and manage all our building and operational costs from donations and income we receive through activities such as building/room lettings.

As a church built on the traditions of the URC and Baptist organisations, we believe in the baptism of adults –that is those who are ready to make a personal and conscious commitment to faith.

Further information regarding baptisms is provided under the Resources pages.

We also believe that those who feel committed to a church would benefit from formal membership. We encourage all those within our congregations who see Brentford Free Church as their spiritual home to consider Membership. Further information is provided under the Membership tab.

 

Membership

We believe that those who feel committed to a church would benefit from formal membership. We encourage all those within our congregations who see Brentford Free Church as their spiritual home to consider Membership.

Church Membership is about belonging to a local Christian community and being involved in its life, work and witness. These things are common themes in the letters of the New Testament.

So what does Membership actually mean? Well, first of all a member needs to have a personal Christian faith. This may have come from a specific experience, or as part of a gradual process.

Secondly, a member is someone who is committed to the church and who is involved in its life, its work and its worship. A member is someone who recognises that a particular fellowship is their spiritual home, and where through faith they belong.

In common with most churches, membership open both to those baptised as believers and to other Christians. As a Free Church within the traditions of the URC and Baptist Union, we encourage baptism as an expression of faith; however, we also welcome people into membership who come from all Christian backgrounds, and whether baptised or not.

 

Giving

As a Free Church affiliated to the Baptist and United Reformed traditions, we have to be wholly self-sufficient in our finances. Almost all our income comes from donations.

The majority of this giving comes from our Church Membership. As with many organisations, balancing what we receive with the costs of running our Church, and funding our ambitions to serve God effectively in Brentford and beyond, is always a challenge!

If you would like to give to help our work, this will be most welcome. Contributions can be made to support specific activities, or just to support our church in general.

If you are a taxpayer and give via Gift Aid the Church is able to reclaim additional valuable monies from HM Revenue and Customs. A copy of a Gift Aid form is provided on the ‘Church Magazine and Document Reference Library’ section under the Resources tab at the top of this page. Alternatively, hard copy forms are available from our Church Administrator.

You are also welcome, of course, to give anonymously, if you prefer.

 

Our Mission Support

Brentford Free Church supports a number of Christian Mission Support activities through regular practical and financial assistance and prayer. We also support other causes on a more occasional basis. The information below highlights the work of both those we are regularly supporting, and causes we have helped during the last year, and plan to help in the coming months.