BAPTISMS in 2017

The church was packed to witness the baptisms of Jenny Bowen (top photo) and Kelly Sadd (bottom photo) on Sunday 8th January 2017. A brilliant start to the New Year!


2017 has begun with firework displays all over the city and the world, but what will the new year bring? On a world stage, changes are imminent with the new President of the USA and the formal start of Brexit, and in our city, major cuts in services. For tbc 2017 will be a year of change with the departure of tbc Minister Laurie Burn after Easter, but one thing is sure: God's promises, contained in his Word are as sure today as they were yesterday and will be forever.

So, we begin a new challenge: to read the whole Bible during the year, using the Alpha Bible in a Year. Many tbc members have committed to this challenge. Find out more about it in Laurie's sermon on January 1st, or by checking out the Bible in One Year website.

Are you up for it? Do you want to become like the tree planted by streams of water, which bears its fruit in season (Psalm 1)? Why not join us?


It's time to book for THIS YEAR'S FABULOUS tbc CHURCH WEEKEND at Quantock Lodge, set in the beautiful Quantock Hills near Bridgwater.  The dates are 19th to 21st May 2017. Our speakers will be Lance and Carol Mason from Stockwood Free Church (Baptist) just outside Bristol, who will lead all-age activities to help us to get to know Jesus and one another better. You can download a booking form here containing full details  and prices.

The photos show a few of the activities from May 2016 when a group of 40 adults and 30 children enjoyed a weekend of all-age fun and learning logether with the tbc family, as we reflected on our emotions and spiritual responses to the story of the Raising of Lazarus. Last year's speakers Roger and Ruth Whiter led activities and Bible teaching for all ages, based on clips from the Pixar film Inside Out.

Front Room Art Trail

The Totterdown Front Room Art Trail returned to tbc on November 19th and 20th in the large Jarman Hall. Fifteen artists exhibited in a wide range of media, and a variety of excellent musical acts performed throughout the weekend, including singer/guitarist Iain Spence, classical guitarist  Keith Hyett, tbc Pastor Laurie Burn playing ragtime guitar, Fools on the Hill and jazz duo Small Days. Home made cakes and real coffee were on sale and raised about £350 for the Crisis Centre Wild Goose Cafe.

WEBOX Collection

The photo shows children from tbc Junior Stars in 2015 who collected 26 shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts for children in Albania. Again this October, 48 boxes were collected for distribution by partner Baptist churches in Albania in what has been called our WEBOX appeal.

Mission Link with IcFEM, Kenya

IcFEM (Inter-Christian Fellowships' Evangelical Mission) is an indigenous Kenyan mission which aims to transform communities through the gospel of Jesus, and by practical training in ministries such as medical, agriculture, education, evangelism, work with elderly and disabled etc. tbc Minister Laurie and his wife Karen travelled to work with IcFEM between October 5th and 19th 2016 as Laurie is a Trustee of IcFEM Europe and Karen visited the disabled ladies of the Kamukuywa Knitting Co-operative which she founded in 2010, and some of the sponsored school students she co-ordinates.

Laurie & Karen spent 6 weeks in Kenya in 2010 and a further 3 week return visit in October 2012. They are in the photo above visiting the village Bondeni in the Naitiri Local Unit, details of which can be found on the Village Profile. More information about IcFEM can be found on their website  To read Laurie & Karen's report from Kenya, with photos of their ministry, click here.

Harvest Festival

On Sunday 25th September we celebrated Harvest Festival, when we remember God's faithfulness and goodness in providing for our needs.  During the service we focused on Operation Agri, a Baptist charity working in Nicaragua, Nepal and Uganda. We also brought gifts of tinned and non-perishable food for the Victoria Park Baptist Church Food Bank, using cloth bags specially decorated by children and adults.

Biblical Reflection on Brexit

There has been a lot of emotion and anxiety about the Referendum decision by the UK to leave the European Union. People, including Christians, are divided in their opinions about this issue, and some unpleasant things are being said. In particular, we lament the fact that there has been an increase of hate crime against immigrants. At tbc we welcome everyone, and our life together has been deeply enriched by people who have joined us from about 20 different nations. We are called to love our neighbour - regardless of who they are and where they come from.

As Pastor of tbc I felt I needed to reflect on these issues from a Biblical perspective, so I have written a short article putting the matter into the perspective of God's timescale and his sovereignty over the nations. To read my Biblical Reflection on Brexit click here.

On Sunday 26th June I preached a sermon on John 2:1-11, relating our current situation to the events in Cana where Jesus brought hope to a wedding that was heading for disaster. You can listen to the sermon on our Sermons Page

Laurie Burn

New Toddler Group at tbc

After many years of providing a drop-in for toddlers with parents and carers in tbc Saltcellar, SRUF (Sydenham Road Under Fives) have decided to close their Toddler Group to concentrate resources on their excellent Preschool Playgroup. Totterdown Baptist Church are proud to have been partners with SRUF in this vital work, and we pray continued blessing on their future work as Preschool expands its hours.

However, from Monday June 6th we are delighted to announce that TOTTERDOWN TOTS will be running every Monday between 09.30 and 11.30. The group will be led by tbc's newly appointed Children's, Youth & Family Worker Rachael Wright.


Easter Experience

During Holy Week 2016, our church hosted groups of Year 6 students from local primary schools to an Easter Experience. From Monday 21st to Wednesday 23rd March, 130 children had the opportunity to travel through the last week of Jesus' life and explore the facts and feelings of the first disciples as they ate the Last Supper, sat with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, listened to his unjust trial and witnessed the crucifixion and resurrection. 

The Easter Experience was also open to the public on Good Friday.





Tree Planting in Perrett's Park

tbc Member Graham Cox joins other volunteers from COPP (The Community of Perrett's Park) to plant over 100 willow trees in Perrett's Park. These will provide pollinators for bees and insects, and also make an attractive coloured feature on the new zig-zag path installed last year.

Pantomime - Tropical Storm

On Friday 4th and Saturday 5th December 2015 tbc pantomime Tropical Storm took to the stage of the Jarman Hall.

Summer Project - Redecorating the Saltcellar

During August 2015, we embarked on an ambitious project to redecorate the Saltcellar. This is a very large room, which was quite an undertaking for volunteers, but we completed the decorations on time for the autumn term. We used up about 17 litres of paint, and the team of some 15 or so volunteers ranged from 3 years old to 70+, including church members, visitors to the church and parents from SRUF - Sydenham Road Under-Fives - who use the room three mornings a week for the popular Toddler & Carer drop-in. Pictured on the left is seven year-old Rosie who has developed quite a skill at the art of painting!







All-age Activity Service

On Advent Sunday, 30th November 2015 we held our second All-age "messy" service. Everyone met together as usual at 10.30am for a time of praising God together, followed by a time to try a wide variety of activities including arts and crafts in the Jarman Hall, as creative expressions of worship. Coffee and tea were available with an opportunity for a Bible study and discussion around the table, or just informal chat in the parlour. In the photo you can see Sam Piggot giving a brief talk explaining how Jesus calls us all to be lights in the world.







New Community Choir

This autumn saw the launch of a new Community Choir for Totterdown. Organised by Out There Music, the choir meets every Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Jarman Hall. For more information contact choirmaster Tom Jones at










On Saturday 13th September 2014 the tbc Community Street Party returned to Cemetery Road.  The street was closed to traffic but instead filled with fun, games, cakes, BBQ smoke, hundreds of people and musical entertainment from local musicians including Jumping Chickens (pictured left), James Slater, plus our own Paul Loader & Tom Hulme, and Laurie & Karen Burn.

If you check out our Gallery Pages, you can see some great photos of this year's event, plus previous street parties.






Miraculum Choir

On Tuesday 17th June 2014 the Miraculum Children's Choir from Hungary performed to a packed audience in the church. This concert was arranged in conjunction with Mollie Parry-Jones, music teacher at Hillcrest School, and the Singing Tree children from Hillcrest also took part.

Creative Prayer Event

On Saturday 22nd March, the Saltcellar was open all day for prayer in a variety of creative forms.

Baptisms at tbc


On Sunday 24th November Scott Buckland and Kevin Giles were baptised by immersion by tbc Pastor Laurie Burn and new elder Ian Spencer.

AUTUMN at tbc

On Saturday 28th September we held an all-age family fun event with craft activities, barn dancing and bring and share finger-buffet.










On Sunday 29th September we celebrated our Harvest Festival with opportunities to donate to the BMS Hungry appeal for Uganda, and to donate food items for the local Food Bank at Victoria Park Baptist Church.

The new Bible Teaching series for the autumn is Paul's letter to the Romans. Our pastor Laurie Burn, plus other preachers will be expounding this amazing letter about the Good News of Jesus Christ. Come along any Sunday, or check out our Sermons Page to listen on line.

Also, our Youth Work enters a new chapter as we welcome our Student Youth Worker, George Hearle to work with our team of leaders.

Easter Celebrations

Easter is the most important celebration in the Christian calendar, when we remember the terrible events of the last week of Jesus' life, culminating with his gruesome death on a Roman cross, on Good Friday some 2000 years ago. However, for Christians, the cross has become a symbol of hope through Jesus' amazing resurrection from the dead on Easter Day. As the old hymn writer put it, "The head that once was crowned with thorns is crowned with glory now."



On Sunday 7th October we had double cause for celebration. First we dedicated a baby boy, born to one of our church families just before Easter. Then Eid was baptised by immersion, after telling the dramatic story of how he came to believe through having a dream about Jesus.



tbc Organist Retires

 After 35 years of faithful service playing the organ at tbc, our beloved organist Norman Fox retired on Sunday 2nd September. On top of the organ, in the foreground, you can see the wooden musical box we gave Norman as thank you gift.  Appropriately, it plays the tune "Amazing Grace"!  The church was packed for a joyful celebration of music and word, and the launching of our new Loving the Word series.

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