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Our History

Our History

Bottesford Baptist Church was begun by a group of Scunthorpe Baptist Church members whose intention was to form a Sunday School for the children of Bottesford. We began meeting on 6th September 1987 at the Civic Hall in Bottesford and immediately this developed into a full service as parents attended with their children.

The need for consecutive ministry and pastoral care was identified and so in 1989 Pastor Brian Davies was called to oversee the Church on a part time basis. On 1st April 1990 what had begun as Bottesford Christian Fellowship, became an independent church in its own right called Bottesford Baptist Church and affiliated to the Baptist Union of Great Britain. The Church had a vision of a permanent work in Bottesford and with this came the vision of a permanent home so a building fund was begun. After many meetings and searching for available buildings or pieces of land, the land on Chancel Road was purchased at the end of 1999 and building work was completed in October 2002 with the official opening on 16th November 2002. The small church community had prayerfully believed that if this was God’s purpose and plan then He would provide the money which was fulfilled with no fund raising required. God’s provision of the building, which brought about high visibility not experienced previously, is seen as a new home in which the love of God can be clearly experienced and expressed as well as a base to serve the community.

After Brian’s retirement Mat Hussain was called to lead the church before Revd. Jonathan Oatridge arrived in 2013 to lead the church to become more missional and involved in the community. As part of this a number of new initiatives have begun such as the Community Coffee Morning and Who Let the Dads Out? Through these initiatives relationships have been developed with people in the wider community as well as raising the profile of the Church and affording opportunities to work with other agencies within the town. The Church is seeking to develop Missional Disciples who love God and love those around them.

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