812-814 Christchurch Road, between Boscombe and Pokesdown, Bournemouth, BH7 6DF
Who or what are we? Rosebery Park Baptist Church is a community of people who are seeking to follow Jesus Christ. We’re a community, not a building. Admittedly, on the front of our building are the words ‘Rosebery Park Baptist Church’. But the building isn’t the church. We – the people – are the church.
(Photo: Rev. Simon Bartlett & Priscilla Bartlett)
We’re the church on Monday as well as on Sunday, and we would be the church if we had no building. We’re quite a mix: young and old, different nationalities and different backgrounds. We’re trying to follow Jesus but none of us is perfect. We have specific beliefs about who Jesus is. Our beliefs are expressed in a formal statement by the Baptist Union of Great Britain. But a very brief expression of our beliefs could be, ‘JESUS: LORD. LOVE. LIFE. HOPE’.
(Photo: Church Planning Meeting)
We could describe the few hundred metres between the church and Pokesdown Station as the Portobello Road of Bournemouth. There’s a concentration of antique shops selling everything from bric-a-brac to high-class antiques, and a great selection of bakeries, cafés and restaurants. But good as all this is, we hope that at Rosebery Park you will find something of even greater value!
(Photo: Church building by Alwyn Ladell)
Rev. Simon Bartlett
Rosebery Park Baptist Church, 812-814 Christchurch Road,
between Boscombe and Pokesdown, Bournemouth, BH7 6DF