Dumfries Baptist Church
Where we are
Dumfries Baptist Church (a member of the Baptist Union of Scotland), Newall Terrace, Dumfries DG1 1LW
Charity Number SCO 21258
Senior Pastor: Alistair Purss firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate: Pastor: David White email@example.com
Secretary: Lesley MacKay firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Mr I Penn email@example.com
Church Office: Open 9am – 1pm Monday – Friday Tel 01387 268926
Sunday Morning Service: 10.30am, Dumfries High School, Bane Loaning, Dumfries, DG1
Sunday Evening Service: 6.30pm, Dumfries Baptist Church, Newall Terrace, Dumfries DG1 1LW
Mission, Ministry and Social Action
We believe that we are firstly Created to Worship the one true and living God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Our worship includes the whole of our lived experience within and outwith the context of church.
We believe that God is calling us to be in inclusive Christian community made up of people who have found salvation through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ
We are Commissioned to Reach all those who do not yet know Christ, believing that salvation comes through hearing the Gospel good news proclaimed and by witnessing to the reality of God’s incarnational love, lived out in our lives on a daily basis.
Within the church we are committed to genuine biblical Christian fellowship and discipleship, leading to maturity; and to the resourcing and enabling of local, national and worldwide mission.
We are Compelled to Serve – which includes everyone who considers Dumfries Baptist Church to be their spiritual home. This service will be costly, involving time, money and effort as we seek to support and respect one another’s
needs, whilst reaching out with the same practical love to those living and working in the geographical areas in which God has placed us, corporately and individually.
Our congregation meet together regularly in small groups to study and pray. We also have strong links, A Rocha, Alive Radio, the Baptist Missionary Society, Bethany Christian Trust, Christian Care for the Homeless, Compassion, D and G Befriending Project, Frendz Pregnancy Crisis Counselling Service, the Gideons, Africa Inland Mission, Missionary Aviation Fellowship, OMF International, Scripture Union, Tear Fund and the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship.
The busy church programme includes work with children and young people on a Sunday morning during the morning service. A club for girls meets on a Wednesday evening called GirlZone and Impact, for both boys and girls meets on a Thursday evening. Toddlers Groups meet on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning. Friendship Hour for seniors is on the first and third Thursday afternoons and Encore, a seniors’ lunch club, meets on the last Wednesday of each month.
The Church also regularly offers the opportunity to follow courses in a variety of subjects including Christianity Explored, Discipleship Explored, Alpha, How to Drug-proof your Kids and Marriage Preparation.
The first known Baptist witness in the town was around 1800 with a building in Three Crowns Court. The present Church was established on 11 August 1872 with Mr George Anderson of the former South United Free Church serving as evangelist. By 1876 Rev Lachlan McPherson was serving as full-time pastor.
The Church building in Newall Terrace was built in 1881, cost £2000 and is said to be modelled on Spurgeon’s Tabernacle in London. The ministry of the Rev Alex Bremner (1887-1897, 1923-1932) was rewarded by young men having to sit on the window sills, gallery not withstanding.
From the 1960s, after a period of decline, the membership roll has grown steadily and the building has been renovated on a number of occasions including the addition of extra rooms. The Church currently faces the welcome accommodation problem of having outgrown the premises, necessitating Sunday morning services being held at the High School. Plans to construct a new, larger building in the Gillbrae area of the town are well underway.