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Our History

Totteridge Baptist Church is a church plant from Union Baptist Church High Wycombe, starting in April 1947, initially as a daughter church.

It began in a tin hut after an invitation from Wycombe District Council to build a church on the plot of land on the corner of the Wingate Avenue / Cambridge Crescent development (with an eye to the Hillary Road Estate planned for the 1950s) was taken up by Union Baptist Church, with Union’s minister, Rev Carr, over-seeing and some of their members moving up to found the new church.


20. Totteridge Baptist Church
A few years later the church was able to register with the Baptist Union (https://www.baptist.org.uk) as Totteridge Baptist Church, an independent church but with Union Baptist Church supporting. They have continued to do this to the present day, including several responses to requests for helpers in a variety of ways.

The church was able to call (and fund) its first full-time minister quite early on and to date there have been 11 full-time ministers/pastors.

The tin hut was soon replaced with a more solid building, but one still classified as temporary.

30. Totteridge Baptist Church
This temporary building was declared permanent by the council when there was interest in extending it with a new lounge and kitchen in the early 1970s.  The grand opening of the extension was interesting. The new key used for the opening disappeared once the door had been unlocked – never to be seen again!

Inside, the focal point was the organ – a lovely two manual and foot pedal pipe organ. Unfortunately, when the new dropped ceiling was put in place in the 1980s some of the pipes proved too tall so were sawn off!!   The communion table sat in front of a low curtain and behind the curtain the choir were in residence, with the pulpit to the side.

Church interior in the 1970s

During one worship space development, the pulpit was given to Vic Jacobsen’s Hope Now Ministries in Ukraine and was discovered there by Arthur Glinn, a previous minister, when he walked into a church in Ukraine to preach for Hope Now and found himself in his old Totteridge Baptist Church pulpit!

Quite early in the life of the church the rear hall, now known as the Well, was built. This has been used over the years as a base for youth work, for the Scouts and Guides, for playgroups and nurseries and for sports including aerobics, kick-boxing and table-tennis.

Hall completed - adjusted

Of course, we have renovated our hall many times over the years.  Our latest project in 2019 built an additional storage area, added an air-source heat pump to provide environmentally friendly temperature control, and also revamped the interior decor. 
We hope you will come and visit it one day!

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Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

Welcome

The following information is specifically for those new to us.  We hope it gives you an idea of the kind of people we are and what to expect from us when you visit.

Who are we?

We are a Baptist Church affiliated to the Baptist Union of Great Britain and we welcome anyone to come and worship with us and be part of our community.  You don't have to be a Baptist! More information on what we believe can be found on the About Us part of the site.

How to find us
 

Visit our Contact Us page for details.
 

Accessibility 

Access to our site is up a steep concrete drive or up some shallow steps, and there is flat access to our main building from the car park.  There is a disabled toilet in this main building.  We don't have pews, so can easily move chairs to accommodate space for a mobility scooter or a wheelchair next to a carer.  Please let us know in advance if you need us to reserve space for disabled parking.

Our activities


Sunday Services

We meet in the main church building for our Sunday Service starting at 10:30am.  We extend a warm welcome to you if you want to join us.  More information about our Sunday worship, and what to expect, can be found here.

Midweek Meetings

These are an important part of our church life.  We hold several midweek bible studies and fellowship groups. We also have two monthly prayer meetings, one in the daytime and one in the evening.  More details can be found on the Small Groups and Prayer Meeting pages
 
Socials

We have an active social programme, posted on Facebook, now that restrictions have been lifted.  
 
Other Ministries

We support several organisations in our town through volunteering, prayer and donations. These include:

  • Wycombe Youth for Christ
  • Wycombe Homeless Connection and Night Shelter
  • Lighthouse
  • Love Wycombe
  • One Can Trust
Please contact us for further information.