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ABOUT

Gilley Law Baptist Church was founded in 1971 by Enon Baptist Church whose Minister Rev. Don Bridge heard that there was a desire for a church on this new estate. Originally there was a prayer meeting and Bible Study in the basement of Amalfi Tower started by George and Ethel Towers who lived in the maisonettes and had recently returned from Nigeria where they had been missionaries.

A decision was made by Enon to build a church on the estate and people were asked to collect money in ‘Smartie’ tubes to help finance the building.  Within eighteen months the building was paid for.  The first service held was a Christmas carol service before the roof was erected with snowflakes falling into the building. 

Gilley Law Baptist Church began with Sunday evening services and Sunday School in the afternoons. We still shared Don Bridge as our Minister with Enon but in 1981 we appointed our first Minister Rev Bill Smith and in 1986 we became a fully independent Baptist Church.

We changed our name to Lakeside Baptist Church when Gilley Law estate became known as Lakeside Village. 

Over the years the Church has been open we have been able to reach out to the Community mainly through Parent and Toddler Groups and coffee mornings both in the church and in the towers. 

We look forward to the Church reaching more of the community in the future under the leadership of our Minister Peter Wallace.

HISTORY

Lakeside Baptist Church is a spiritual family that aims to help each other to

know Jesus,

grow in Jesus and

show Jesus.

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WHAT WE

ARE ABOUT

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We aim to know, grow and show, but what are the principles and ideas that drive us towards those aims:

BIBLE BASED: We believe that the Bible is more than just an old dusty book written thousands of years ago. It is the word of God, written through human authors, to reveal to us who God is and how we can know Him. It is true and reliable, and therefore the basis of what we believe. 

GOSPEL FOCUSED: It is easy to think of the Gospel as only the message we hear when we become Christian. Once a Christian, we then move onto other spiritual truths. At Lakeside, we believe the Gospel is so much more than that. It is not just the A B C of the Christian life, it is the A to Z. We believe that our whole lives should be orientated around the life-transforming message of God's grace and forgiveness.

MISSIONALLY ORIENTATED: As a spiritual family we love and care for each other, but we also believe it important to be outward-looking as well, to have a missional heart. This means that we want others to know and experience the love of God. To do this we recognize the importance of not just talking about God's love but also showing God's love.

DISCIPLE MAKING: Christianity is not about a one-off decision we made when we were younger to be a Christian. It is the life long pursuit of learning from Christ on how to be like Christ. It is about following Him and being his disciples.

HOLY SPIRIT RELIANT: We could have the best ministries ever, the most dynamic preaching and just do church awesomely well. However, if we do it in our own strength it is pointless. We recognise that it isn't about us and what we want to do. It is about partaking in what God is doing and allowing Him to work through us. Everything we do, we seek to do in reliance on God and empowered by His Spirit.

OUR VALUES

Here is a brief doctrinal statement of what we believe:

  1. We believe in the Trinity - The three persons of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Three in one.

  2. Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity. Born of a virgin. God yet fully human. Died on the cross as  punishment for our sins. Buried then on the third day rose bodily and ascended to God the Father in Heaven. Promised He will return again, bodily.

  3. Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity. He indwells believers and freely gives us gifts to serve God.

  4. The Bible, is inspired by the Holy Spirit and is the final authority on all matters of belief and behaviour.

  5. Heaven and Hell. The Bible teaches there is a heaven and a hell. However, the believer has eternal peace but the unbeliever has eternal punishment.

  6. Salvation come through faith in Jesus and His sacrifice.

  7. The Church. All believers form the universal church of which Jesus Christ is head. The Church is autonomous and does not exist for itself but is there to share the Gospel (Good News) with others.

  8. The priesthood of all believers, every believer has access to God the Father, through Jesus Christ. All believers are equipped by God to minister in His Church.

  9. Communion is observed in this Church once a month. It is open to all who have accepted Jesus Christ  as Lord and Saviour.

  10. Baptism (see above) a person must profess their belief in the Lord Jesus Christ, They have a period of instruction and are baptised after the approval of the Church Meeting. (Baptism may be overlooked on Medical Grounds). Membership can then be applied for.

  11. Exceptions to Church Membership - People below a certain age. Those from another denomination. Students who are on temporary residence.

  12. We do not baptise infants but we do have a service of Thanksgiving for them.

  13. Leadership of the church, by Pastor, Elders and Deacons who are held responsible by the Church Meeting.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

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Peter Wallace
Minister

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Mike Cross
Elder & Secretary

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Terry Cross
Treasurer

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Lade Abuah
Deacon

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