About Us

About Us

We are one of the oldest Baptist Churches in England, and can be found at the heart of the ancient market town of Abingdon, just a few miles south of Oxford.

The Church building is just a short walk from the market place, along the High Street and into Ock Street. It stands a short distance back from the road with a recently refurbished brown façade, just behind the 35 Ock Street Centre.

We have approximately 150 members and regular worshippers, and are a member of the Baptist Union of Great Britain. We are also one of the 13 local churches that make up the Church in Abingdon (CiA), a local ecumenical project.

We meet for worship every Sunday morning at 10:30 am, unless otherwise stated, with evening worship occasionally taking place at 6:30 pm (see our Events pages for more details)

Our Key Values

During our last ministerial vacancy, the church went through a re:focus programme and as part of that we had an away day hosted at Baptist House, headquarters of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and BMS World Mission in Didcot, Oxfordshire. During the day, we agreed on seven key values that are a good summary of the sort of church ABC should aim to be. They are listed…

Our Verse for the Year

21 Again Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’ 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. John 20:21-22 New International Version – UK (NIVUK) Holy Bible, New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 byBiblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Our History

  1649 Abingdon Baptist Church was founded with John Pendarves as their first minister. Pendarves was a Cornishman, educated at Oxford, who was vicar of St. Helen’s Church, in Abingdon until 1647, when he became convinced of the Baptist understanding of scripture and left the established church. He died aged 36 in 1656 and an orchard on Ock Street was bought as…