Welcome to Queen’s Park Baptist Church, a vibrant Christian community based in the heart of Glasgow’s southside and Partick. We have been here since 1878 – not all of us obviously! In that time, we have changed and grown, celebrated joys and tackled sorrows, stretched out in faith and experienced God’s great love and commitment to us.
Today we are a community, comprised of many backgrounds and cultures, united in our passion to see people and places transformed by the love and power of God. We meet on two sites, gather in multiple Life Groups across the city, pursue the enabling of the Holy Spirit as we welcome his gifts amongst us and seek to see our city renewed physically, relationally and spiritually. We would love you to join with us in this task.
Several years back we gathered to work out how to bring focus and direction to our life together. We asked what a community transformed by God would look like, what difference Jesus would make in our city? We were drawn to Jesus’ remarkable parable of the great feast (you can find it in Matthew’s gospel chapter 22). The desire that we might reflect the qualities of God’s character displayed in that image gripped us. The idea that we might express something of God’s lavish, dignifying, transforming invitation to meet us has driven our aims, our behaviours, our priorities ever since.
Our passion and plan are to “Call a City to Life” as we help people discover and express the fullness of life that Jesus Christ offers.
Our aim is to make that life obvious to people by what we say and how we live. Whether we scatter out into work and life around us or as we gather together to learn, worship and serve together, we aspire to be a people who live out the amazing life that comes from relationship with God.
We have made six commitments about living that life out together:
Father, Son and Spirit, by enabling people to encounter Father God, offering dignity and purpose in Christ, and experiencing the presence & power of the Holy Spirit
Give a generous welcome to all
by a radical, open, non-judgmental acceptance, which makes Jesus accessible through relationship
by going out into our world and inviting people to experience the life of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Express vibrancy & Godly character
in all we do by being authentic and honest, creative and colourful, full of life and fun, joyful and relaxed, expectant and brave, doing everything with quality and generosity
Bring out the God flavours
in our church and city, by becoming a caring, passionate and authentic force for change in people and places
Experience real life together
in all circumstances – by nourishing people, honouring one another and enabling people to taste abundant life in Jesus, to belong and contribute to the church family, and so reach their full potential
Putting it into action
Vision without implementation is a pipe dream. Transforming vision to action has been our challenge. These last few years have been quite an adventure as we have determined to do a few things well and to focusing on what brings life to our city. Here are a few samples of what we have seen God do with us so far:
- Built connections and resource other agencies to bless the city, such as Street pastors, Glasgow City Mission, and The Space
- Served our communities through Beacon drop in, Life and Soul counselling service, Playbreak, and support to asylum seekers
- Blessed our friends, neighbours and many others through social and educational events, such as Christmas balls and markets and the Transforming Glasgow lecture series.
- Resourced our church family to share their lives on the frontlines of work, and family and neighbourhood
- Established a new campus in the Partick area of the city
- Remodelled our premises to create a state-of-the-art community outreach centre, The Point, near our Camphill campus
- Gone large with the Alpha course to offer a supportive environment to explore the claims of Jesus
Many people have attended these events, we have built some great connections, contributed to make lives better and seen a steady stream of people come to know Jesus for the first time. We remain hungry for more!
Heartfelt worship and practical, life-changing teaching feature at the centre of our life as a church (you can listen to sermons here). We seek to experience the active presence of God’s Spirit amongst us as we gather. We offer experienced prayer ministry to help tackle life issues and enable God to speak into our lives. Life Groups are fundamental to building community and care as well as spurring us on to live for Christ in our city and beyond.
Each year we celebrate God’s work amongst us on our Vision Sunday, and we pray and give to our yearly priorities. This year our theme is “Arise & Shine” as we focus on mobilising volunteers, expressing our gifts and contributions to the church.