|In September of 2012, Upton Baptist Church celebrated
25 years of being in Upton, but this was actually the last 25 years of a much longer life in the City.
So, where did it all begin?
We record here a brief history from our beginnings up to the present year
Pepper Street, City of Chester, July 1871
A group of people met to worship God in a small building,
and, from that beginning, the congregation grew steadily until, in 1875, it virtually
outgrew the building and a Building Fund was set up to finance new and larger premises.
Park Road,3 June 1879
Work started on the new building and
on 13 July 1880, Grosvenor Park Baptist Church, as it became known,
was officially opened. This was to be the church's home for several decades.
The late 1950's saw a period of demolition in the area to make way for a road building programme,
many people leaving the area as a consequence. In the late 1970's a decision was taken to move to one of the city's suburbs.
The move to Upton
In 1979, a plot of land was purchased from Chester Zoo
and the congregation moved to Upton in September 1980. Now being known as
Upton Baptist Church, the services were held in Upton Manor (now Upton Heath)
Junior School whilst design and construction took place. The opening service was
held in the new building in September 1987
frame under construction
the finished building in 1987
And after 25 years....
We continue to be a tangible testimony to the faithfulness of God
over 141 years of Christian witness and are the oldest surviving Baptist church in the city.
We take the Bible, God's infallible word, as our guide and honour Him in all that we do
Today, our regular congregation of around 100 spans a wide age range
and includes, in term time, students from all parts of the country who come to the city to study at the University
Whilst our biblical stance remains constant, the way in which we present the Christian message
has embraced technology that has been developing alongside us. The fact that you are reading this on our
website is testimony to this
You can find details of our extensive weekly programme on the Home Page of this
site or download our weekly Notice Sheet from the link at the bottom of the Home Page. We seek to serve
the local community in any way that we can whilst retaining our primary purposes of Christian worship and Witness