We are a Christian Church
We are a group of ordinary people who seek to follow the example of Jesus Christ in the way we live. Motivation by love is a key aspect of the example which Jesus gave. We would like others to know of Jesus and be enabled to point their lives towards him.
We are a Baptist church, which means that we practice the baptism of believers by immersion. People take this step to publicly show that they are following Jesus.
What is the Mission of the Church?
The Mission of the church, agreed by the Church Meeting, is expressed in this way:
"Declaring God's way, Sharing His love" - these words are included in our logo at the top of the page.
As a member of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the church affirms its Declaration of Principle:
That our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, is the sole and absolute authority in all matters pertaining to faith and practice, as revealed in the Holy Scripture, and that each Church has liberty, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to interpret and administer His Laws.
That Christian Baptism is the immersion in water into the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, of those who have professed repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ who "died for our sins according to the Scriptures; was buried, and rose again the third day".
That it is the duty of every disciple to bear personal witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to take part in the evangelisation of the world.
The membership of the church is open to all who profess repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and whose lives bear evidence of their Christian profession. Members are usually received after baptism by immersion, but all who conscientiously follow our Lord Jesus Christ are eligible for membership. Participation in the Lord's Supper (Holy Communion) is open to all who love and serve our Lord Jesus Christ.
Several of our members are personal members of the Evangelical Alliance. Its Basis of Faith is also relevant to the beliefs of the church. Click here to read it.
What is Christianity?
Christianity is centred on the life and example of Jesus Christ, a historical person who lived in the first century of the Common Era. He had such a dramatic effect on his followers that they were prepared to go as far as dying for what they believed in.
Useful websites which will help you to learn more are:
Who are the people of the Church?
The church family
All those who are associated with the church in any way, of whatever age, are regarded as belonging to the church family.
Regular members of the congregation
In normal times, our regular congregation for our morning services is 80 to 100 worshippers, with evening services 25-45. These are people who, in one way or another, are pointing towards Jesus Christ in their faith journey.
Our church membership currently stands at just over one hundred. This means that they have committed to support the work, witness, and financial needs of the church. For reasons of privacy the names of members are not given here. Thje work of the church is not left solely to the paid staff - Ministers and Youth Worker - the volunteer workforce of our members keeps all the regular activities staffed an operatng smoothly.
The deacons are appointed by the church members. Together with the minister the deacons are responsible for the spiritual leadership and practical management of the church. They are also the legal Trustees of the church. From this group, where possible, the church members elect a secretary and a treasurer.
The minister gives spiritual leadership to the church, leads services, preaches, and offers pastoral care to the church family. We have a vacancy at the moment and are seeking to appoint a new minister. The process can take from a few months up to a year but we are delighted that during this 'interregnum', as a period wihout a minister is known, we have Mrs Hazel Hunting working with us part time as a Minister in Training. Hazel is undertaking studies at Spurgeons College, one of the Baptist Colleges that equip students for taking on preaching, pastoral and other Church work. Her time with our church gives her valuable practical experience in preaching, teaching, pastoral work and church management. Hazel gains support and oversight from an experienced minister during her training.
Rushmere Baptist Church is an entirely indepenant congregation supported by the individual members of our congregation. This provides for maintenance of our building and our cleaners, the stipends of our Minister, Minister in Training and Youth Worker plus the other activities for people of all ages. We are a busy church but where there are gaps in our schedule we are able to supplement our personal giving by hiring our halls to other community groups and for private bookings. Our budget includes considerable donations to outside causes: international ones, such at the Baptist Missionary Society, The Evangelical Relief Fund (TEARFUND) and a relief fund working in Romania called Cry In the Dark. In the UK we provide financial support for the Baptist Home Mission, which gives grants to churches that cannot afford a minister and pays for Area Ministers to support local churches and pastors. We have been long term supporters of Ipswich Christian Youth Ministries and several other smaller charities..
Click here to read details of our child protection arrangements.