Growing a community of people who love God and love others
by cultivating deep roots and wide branches, and bearing much fruit.
Six Core Values
What we do may change with the times, but our core values remain constant. They underpin everything we do. They act as the soil from which the trees of the orchard grow. If the soil is good, the trees of the orchard will be able to grow deep roots and wide branches.
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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 Scriptures, 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 on 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.”
Position Statement on the Inclusivity of Gay and Lesbian People
One of the six values we adhere to as a church is to be An Inclusive Community. However, we are aware that the idea of inclusivity can mean different things to different people, especially in the area of human sexuality. In order to help clarify the extent of our inclusion for gay and lesbian people, we felt it would be helpful to produce a position statement. This statement has been agreed by the church membership after a period of prayer, study, discussion and reflection. It was agreed in March 2023, and every statement has been agreed by at least 2/3rds of our membership. Many statements received a much higher endorsement.
Read the full statement here.
Orchard Baptist Church is a member of the Baptist Union, the Evangelical Alliance and a Fairtrade church.
The church is a registered charity, 1155012.