What We Do
There are normally two services (morning and evening) each Sunday. Our intention is to enable everyone present to encounter God in a meaningful way and our approach could be described as mainstream with a contemporary style. Music is provided and singing led by our Worship Group using keyboards and a range of instruments. Digital media and projection is used for the words for Bible readings, songs, media clips, and responses, etc.
The morning service is attended by 60-90 people and worship is led by various members of the church.
Although the majority of the preaching is done by the pastor, we have a growing team of people from within the church family who preach occasionally.
There is a crèche and groups for children and young people (“Junior Church”), who leave part way through the morning service. Worship Together services in which the whole church family stay together for the whole service are held approximately monthly.
The evening service (20-30 mostly adults) is quieter, generally less formal and varies in format. We have been experimenting with different styles of worship (Taizé, Celtic/Iona, prayer stations etc.) as well as giving people opportunities to share their Christian experience in interview style services. There is no evening service on the last Sunday of the month.
In the winter we have monthly church family soup lunches after the morning service.
We have a pastoral care system called “Caring For Each Other” whereby the natural friendship groups within the church family form the basis of our “care” for one another, rather than this being left to the minister or a designated pastoral care team.
These small groups of people in or linked to our church, commit to keeping in touch, to walk alongside and encourage each other on life’s journey, to respect confidentiality, and to pray for each other. There might be situations that occur where additional help or advice is needed, so a small team of Pastoral Co-ordinators, including the pastor, exists to assist when such help is required.
If you are new to the church please speak to one of the deacons or contact us so that we can link you into an existing group or help you form a new one.
There are a number of home groups, which meet weekly or fortnightly.
The church has a “prayer chain” to enable urgent matters to be communicated promptly to those who will pray into those situations.
We have a “rambling group” and there is a ladies’ lunch group who meet on a regular basis.
Families and Children’s work
Cowes Baptist Church employs a Minister in Traning, Judith Compton, who co-ordinates our work with children (up to age 18) and families.
Our work with families includes a thriving toddler group which meets on a Tuesday morning, (up to 50 families), twice-termly Messy Church, links with the local Children’s centre and providing help for needy families in the town (via health visitors). We also run regular CAP (Christians Against Poverty) Money Courses.
Over the past couple of years, the church has developed a close relationship with a local primary school and we currently have opportunities for mentoring the children that attend, teaching and leading assemblies.
Cowes Baptist church employs a full-time Community Worker and Caretaker, Graham Cherry, who maintains the church building and manse and also provides practical help for those in need in the local community (including the church family).
Members of the church are involved as volunteers in a number of Christian initiatives on the Isle of Wight including Carisbrooke Priory (a house of prayer and healing), IOW Foodbank, Frontline Debt Counselling, Street Pastors, School Pastors and the Earl Mountbatten Hospice. The senior Free Church chaplain at HMP Isle of Wight is also a member of the church.
The church is developing links with a number of the care-homes in the town.
Cowes Baptist church works jointly with other churches in the town as well as with other Baptist Churches on the Isle of Wight. The ministers of the Baptist churches on the Island meet for fellowship monthly and the church families come together quarterly for joint meetings, normally with a guest speaker and a meal.
Christians from the churches in Cowes meet for prayer fortnightly and have regular prayer breakfasts. We also work jointly to organise various events such as fund-raising concerts for Foodbank and other local charities.
The town’s churches organise an event called “Holy Cowes” which runs during Cowes Week in which free live music, craft activities, face painting, home-made cakes, and drinks are offered to visitors as they flock into the town.
Please see individual pages for more information on these activities.