Please note that during the current Coronavirus pandemic and in line with UK Government rules on social distancing there are no public worship services being held by Blackhill Baptist Church.
Our building on the corner of Durham Rd and Pemberton Rd DH88JG
The service starts at 10.30 and lasts for an hour, it is fairly informal in that there is no set format, liturgy or responses, and it can vary in style. We sing a mixture of traditional hymns and contemporary worship songs using a digital music system, or a guitarist leads, or there may be other styles. Everyone is welcome – Jesus invites everyone, with no exceptions!
Jesus always welcomed children and we try to do the same. We celebrate children, recognising their spirituality and faith potential. Accompanied children are catered for in all of our services.
The building is on a steep hill and access can be tricky for those using mobility aids so there is a separate mobility friendly entrance which avoids the steep steps and difficult gradients. A hearing loop is installed to help those with hearing aids.
Communion is not to be treated lightly. At Blackhill we practise an open table and all who want to know and love the Lord Jesus more are invited to take bread and wine when communion is served at the end of the morning service on the 3rd Sunday of each month. If you prefer not to take communion then you can simply allow the offered bread and wine to pass by and receive a blessing instead – there is no fuss either way.
Through communion we experience the benefits of the risen Christ with us now. By the presence of the Holy Spirit, Christ comes amongst those who gather in his name to seek him. It is not that he comes in the bread and wine as such, but in the church’s shared action of eating bread and drinking wine with each other. In this way communion becomes a means of experiencing grace – God’s free and undeserved/unearned love and favour, a way in which that grace is communicated to the people of God for their health and renewal. The Lord’s Supper proclaims the present experience that Christ comes to us by the Spirit.
For further Baptist Union guidance on The Lord’s Supper, go to the link; https://www.baptist.org.uk/Publisher/File.aspx?ID=168464&view=browser
After the service, which is usually in the main church building, everyone is invited to stay for tea/coffee and biscuits (occasionally cake!) in the church hall adjacent to the main building.
There is ample unsecured car parking in the church car park across the road, in Valley Gardens.