- Colwell Road
- Isle of Wight
- PO40 9NB
About Colwell Baptist Church
We are a Baptist Church, which means we are a member of the Baptist family of churches. You can find out more about what it means to be a “Baptist”, and information about other Baptist churches in Britain on the Baptist Union website.
In all we do, we try to join in with the mission of God, in reaching out to make disciples and to make a difference in God's world. We want to be a church in the community, for the community.
It’s clear in the Bible that Jesus didn’t just ask people to believe in Him – He invited them to follow Him, as disciples. So we welcome people to join us as we aim to become fully devoted followers of Jesus rather than just “Sunday Christians”. We believe that Jesus changes and transforms people’s lives – and we think that being a follower of Jesus makes life better and makes us better at life.
Click here to find out about what we believe.
Click here to find out about becoming a church Member.
...in the Bible
As an evangelical church, we believe that the whole of the Bible is “inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realise what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” – 2 Timothy 3v16
We also acknowledge that Jesus (as he is revealed to us in the Bible), is Lord and our ultimate authority. We believe that as a local church we can trust Jesus to guide and direct us. This means that all the big decisions facing us as a church are made by the church members coming together in prayer; seeking to hear what Jesus might be saying to us – by His Spirit and through the Bible.
To us, the Bible is clear; Jesus said anyone who chooses to follow Him should make their decision public by being baptised (literally, “dipped”) in water. This might seem like quite a strange thing to do, but we baptise people when they become followers of Jesus because that’s what Jesus said we should do! Sometimes we do this in a small pool in the church, and sometimes we do it in the sea nearby…so, if you’re on the beach at Colwell, keep an eye out for us!
Baptism is important for lots of reasons and is meaningful in lots of different ways – please do pop in and ask us if you would like to know more about why this is so important to us.
...in living it out
We also believe that Jesus has commissioned everyone who follows Him to share their story and their experience of Jesus with others. Jesus told people to make disciples and make a difference all over the world - to be in the community and for the community – so we aim to do that here, in Colwell, as well across the West Wight area and beyond...throughout the rest of the world.
Everyone is welcome to join us at Colwell Baptist Church for any of our services, events or other activities. You don’t need to believe in order to belong…we hope you’ll find that we’re a welcoming community and a safe place for people to explore life’s big questions; questions about life, the Bible, faith, doubt and belief.
However, those who are certain of their faith and are committed to living as followers of Jesus – who have made a public declaration of their Christian faith – are encouraged to become formal members of the church.
Why might I want to become a formal member?
Membership says, “I’m committed to following Jesus and I’m committed to belonging and believing here at Colwell Baptist Church”. It says, “This is my spiritual family - whom I need and who need me.” Just like belonging to a family, being a church member brings with it responsibilities as well as a sense of commitment and belonging.
How can I become a member?
If you’ve been attending Colwell Baptist Church for a while and you would like to find out about becoming a member, please ask Dave (the minister) or any of the church deacons.