Even though our church has been around since 1848, it’s showing healthy signs of life in the 21st century! Maybe that’s because of what we believe: We believe in life in the here and now – life that comes from knowing and trusting Jesus, our living Lord. We believe in caring for people – whether old or young, British or student, rich or poor and with great, little or no faith. We believe in communicating the transforming message of the Bible and we want to be transformed as we share it with others. We believe in expressing our love to God as much as we can, both in meetings and out of them.
It is heartbreaking that so many people choose not to go to church these days and we recognise that much of the responsibility lies with the irrelevance that many have found when they’ve made the effort to visit. At Blenheim, we’re trying hard to be relevant. So we want to: speak in ordinary English, talk about everyday life, recognise the pressures of living and working in Leeds, keep our feet on the ground whilst believing in the God who answers prayer and does the impossible.
Because our church is so mixed and always changing, no two Sundays are the same as we try to balance the needs and preferences of those who come along. Our services (click here to find out more about our services) vary from week to week but usually have a mixture of singing, prayer, readings from the Bible and a sermon. Time is always given for sharing news about what is happening to church members and friends, so that we can support one another in the ups and downs of life. We have a Sunday School for children that runs during most of our services and we have small groups, called Home Groups, that meet in homes during the week to study the Bible and pray together. We are part of the Yorkshire Baptist Association and the Baptist Union of Great Britain and are also involved in interdenominational groups such as Leeds City Centre Churches.
Further afield, we are linked to several BMS World Mission personnel and are twinned with a Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, USA. These links have resulted in exchange visits and close friendships that have helped to give us an insight into church life with very different cultures.