Birmingham Central Baptist Church
is a Christian fellowship that has been been established for over 150 years.
Our main worship service usually takes place on Sunday morning at 11am (current Coronavirus restrictions allowing). We are not a big congregation, maybe 40-50 adults on a 'normal' day.
We tend to keep things fairly simple and choose not to be overly reliant on technological wonders to create a sense of experience.
We're not scared of technology though and we aim for a decent visual and audio quality.
Our worship services are shaped around God's Word from Scripture and through preaching, prayer, songs and music. We love to hear the voices of the people within our fellowship too and so it is common to find a number of people involved in leading worship on any given week. To hear different preachers from our in-house team as well as occasionally from guest speakers. To find God's people giving testimony to his greatness and goodness in their lives.
Our strap-line is
Believing - Rooted - Growing - Fruitful.
It is a recognition that the Christian life is a constantly developing relationship with God, with each other, and with the world. From those very first steps of faith as we come before God anmd confess our sin and seek his forgiveness, continuing into the confidence in God that grows through understanding, which builds our strengthens our faith and ultimately overflows to be a witness to others of the power of God at work in our lives. None of those things are one off events though, we constantly move in a circle, we find a new understanding of what it means to believe, we become increasingly rooted and established in faith, we continue to grow in knowledge and understanding and maturity, and we become ever more fruitful in witness.
BCBCS is on a journey of discovery with God. Although the Coronavirus pandemic has of course forced us to reshape and rethink much of what we do, we were already engaged in reviewing and restructuring many of our activities. We are asking questions of ourselves before God, questions such as 'who has God called us to be in this day?', 'what has God called us to do as we face a new normal in the future?', 'what does it mean to worship? 'What does worship look like, sound like?' How do we enable God's people to engage in wholehearted, whole life worship?'
We are situated within walking distance of Birmingham City Centre and very close to the famous Jewellery Quarter. We seek to be a Christian witness to the communities around us which include Brookfields Estate, Ladywood, Hockley and Winson Green.
The church has a long history of running and supporting social action projects within our communities. From it's earliest days it has worked to alleviate poverty, be a positive influence for young people, provide community activities for older folk and more.
We have been involved in various projects over the years from the 'Sunday School Movement' providing education to underprivileged children in the 1800's, we ran a debt counselling centre and money management courses for a number of years, and currently provide support accommodation for homeless men through our Still Waters House ministry.