Welcome to Chatsworth Baptist Church
We want to be a people and place where you can belong;
where you experience openness, inclusivity, generosity, faithfulness, forgiveness, and a warm welcome in Jesus' name.
We want to be a family who seek to follow Jesus, from our worship on Sunday to our homes and workplaces on Monday.
We want to be able to play a positive role in our communities, from the use of our buildings and rooms, to the way we support local projects.
Work still in progress of course, but come and join the journey!
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We're part of God's family here in West Norwood, a Christian witness in the area since 1878.
We come from far and wide, a multi cultural community of our own, with over 30 languages and nations represented here; from almost every church background, together with those who have no previous church experience.
Our deacons serve for 3 year terms, elected by members. Often they are already serving in some capacity in the church, and their election to deacons is a reflection of that.
Our deacons are effectively legal trustees of the church as well as having spiritual oversight.
Rev. Richard Marzetti
Our Pastor started here in 2015 after 10 years serving in east London, and having been an estate agent before that! He says he follows Jesus, Man Utd, and soul music... well, 2 out of 3 ain't bad ;)
Pastor Richard is also a district minister, and you can contact him here:
We're part of the Baptist family, linked with about 300 other Baptist churches in London and millions of Baptist Christians worldwide.
As a Baptist church the gathering of members in a church meeting is where major decisions in the life of the church are made. These decisions will include the calling of Pastors and Deacons to serve in leadership here.
As a church our only source of funding (with the exception of a small amount of rental income) is what members give. We do not receive any income from outside agencies.
Quiet room for prayer and smaller prayer meetings
Chris started here in 2013, and has an excellent rapport with our young people; well, he's into music & drumming, set up his own choir and band, runs a football team & so much more :)
One of our distinctive features as a Church is that we baptise people by immersion.
We do this because Jesus did it and commanded us to do likewise, but it's a symbolic and special act that signifies so much:
- as Jesus died on the cross for our sin & selfishness, it symbolises his going into the water (and ours too)
- Jesus rose from the dead, and we get to come out of the water! It speaks of a new life
- Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit at his baptism; and it's His Spirit that we need to live this new life.