About us

 

Welcome to Union Chapel

Everyone is invited to share with us, whatever their background or beliefs. We are a group of Christians who have an open and questioning approach to faith. We enjoy spending time together doing a variety of things, and hope you might like to come along so we can get to know you better.

WE WOULD LOVE TO MEET YOU.

Stepping through the doors of a new chapel can be a nerve-racking experience even for those who are used to attending services, let alone if you are unfamiliar with church.

We recognise this and want to not only give you an assurance of a warm welcome, but also set your mind at ease by answering some queries you might have.

WHAT WILL BE EXPECTED OF ME?

Nothing. You are welcome to just come and have a look at what goes on. People will try and ensure you feel at home and that you always have someone to talk to, but there will be absolutely no pressure to ‘sign up’ for anything!

Come dressed in whatever you wish, we are generally quite informal in both attitude and appearance. We value our time together and always share in refreshments; the chance to chat and develop relationships is very important to us. There will be no pressure to stay for any longer than you wish.

WHAT ARE YOUR BELIEFS?

We  have an open, exploratory approach to faith and belief. We avoid dogma, fundamentalism and prescription, and acknowledge that there are no easy answers to hard questions. We believe that true faith reveals itself in action.

We are Baptists because of the tradition of dissent and freedom in belief, because we believe that the local congregation is best equipped to make decisions about its own direction. Though we offer believers baptism, it is not a precondition of membership.

For those who are curious for more, we have previously worked on expressing our beliefs and commitments in a variety of forms, please see this page.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM OUR MEETINGS?

Our Sunday meetings start at 10.00am (people start arriving from 9.40am onwards), come in, have a seat and someone will check that you are ok. The first part of the morning normally comprises of fairly traditional times of singing, prayer and teaching, but often something a little bit different creeps in! The atmosphere is informal and relaxed and many members of the church actively participate.

Please see the Sundays tab for more detail on how the mornings are structured and what is coming up on the programme.

WHO WILL I FIND THERE?

The congregation normally numbers around 30 (including 4-5 children) and has a good mix of people of different ages and backgrounds. We are drawn from a fairly wide geographical area around the South of Manchester and North Stockport.

We do not currently have a minister in post.

BEING BAPTIST

Whilst we are committed to our Baptist identity, there are many of us from varying Christian traditions within the church. We see this diversity as a strength and enjoy the richness it brings to our community. You are assured of a warm welcome whatever tradition you come from, and especially if you are new to any kind of church experience.

Feel free to follow this link to find out more about Baptists in general.

 

 

 

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