Find out more about FBC
What is a service like?
Morning Service commence at 10am
Doors open 09:30am for tea and coffee before the service
Evening Service commences at 6:30pm
Service times may change on occassions please see the calendar
The service starts with a warm welcome by the service leader and a time of worship with a mix of contemporary songs and classic hymns, after which the preacher will then come and bring us the message from the Bible.
During term time the Sunday school children will meet with us in the main service until 10:15 and then depart to their Sunday School. A creche is available in the morning.
Our sermons are usually a series of messages based on a book or a theme from the Bible, although each can be taken on its own.
During the services the congregation will be given the chance to give money into a general offering for the church, but as a newcomer please don't feel obliged to add any; this is for those who are regular members of the church.
Our evening services vary and details can be seen on the calendar. We either meet in the main church hall for a more traditional service or in the Lounge for a more informal service. If it is not a communion service refreshments are served after the service.
Twice a month, normally on the evening of the first Sunday and the morning of the third Sunday the church celebrates communion together.
This is usually held during the service please feel free to abstain. If you wish to stay and see how we celebrate it then that is great, as we love to share how we remember what Christ did for us! If you have any questions before or after then please contact us or speak to one of the team.
After the Service
After morning and evening service, we have a time of refreshment and fellowship together. We would love for you to join us, if you would like someone to show you around then please fill in the form below and one of our members will contact you.
We run a creche for babies and children up to school age during our morning services. They can play under supervision, while their parents are free to be part of the church service.
If you would like someone to meet you before the service and show you around then please fill in the form below and we will get back to you.
We really want to get to know you better and share our faith with you, answer your questions, pray with you and just be your friend. Please find a connect card in the back of seats and place in the collection bag as it passes or hand it to one of the team.
We are very fortunate to have good parking facilities at the Church (please drive down the side of the Church to the left to access parking at the rear) There are limited spaces in the front and two disabled bays directly next to the entrance. If parking is full then please park locally having consideration for neighbours and safety of road users and pedestrians alike.
History of FBC
Flitwick Baptist Church started in 1907, when Flitwick was a small rural village, very different from the town we know today.
Before the church was established, local Christian believers travelled each Sunday (usually on foot) to worship in neighbouring villages. They came to realise that their witness in Flitwick would be far more effective if they had a focal point in the village, so got together to found the church. A wealthy local Christian gave the land, and a building was erected; it was designed as a Sunday School, with the intention of enlarging it into a church later. However, a full range of church activities was held on the site from the start, and it was to be some 70 years before any building extension took place.
After the setback of the First World War, the church became lively and active in the 1930s. During the Second World War it helped care for the influx of refugee children from London.
As Flitwick started to grow from a village into a town in the 1950s and 60s, the church grew in numbers too, partly because members started systematic door-to-door visitation in the new housing estates. To keep pace, the buildings were extended in the 1970s and subsequently in the 1990s, when they reached their present form.
In the 1970s, the church ended its affiliation to the Baptist Union, and joined with other like-minded churches in the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC).
In January 2020 Tim Diaper joined FBC as our Pastor with his wife Beth and their children. We are excited that God has called this man and his family to serve in Flitwick.
What We Believe
As members of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches we hold to their basis of faith described below.
We are committed to these truths of historical, biblical Christianity:
There is one God, who exists eternally in three distinct but equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is unchangeable in his holiness, justice, wisdom and love. He is the almighty Creator; Saviour and Judge who sustains and governs all things according to his sovereign will for his own glory.
2. The Bible
God has revealed himself in the Bible, which consists of the Old and New Testaments alone. Every word was inspired by God through human authors, so that the Bible as originally given is in its entirety the Word of God, without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine. The Bible alone speaks with final authority and is always sufficient for all matters of belief and practice.
3. The Human Race
All men and women, being created in the image of God, have inherent and equal dignity and worth. Their greatest purpose is to obey, worship and love God. As a result of the fall of our first parents, every aspect of human nature has been corrupted and all men and women are without spiritual life, guilty sinners and hostile to God. Every person is therefore under the just condemnation of God and needs to be born again, forgiven and reconciled to God in order to know and please him.
4. The Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father. He taught with authority and all his words are true. On the cross he died in the place of sinners, bearing God's punishment for their sin, redeeming them by his blood. He rose from the dead and in his resurrection body ascended into heaven where he is exalted as Lord of all. He intercedes for his people in the presence of the Father.
Salvation is entirely a work of God's grace and cannot be earned or deserved. It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is offered to all in the gospel. God in his love forgives sinners whom he calls, granting them repentance and faith. All who believe in Christ are justified by faith alone, adopted into the family of God and receive eternal life.
6. The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply his work of salvation. He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life and gives a true understanding of the Scriptures. He indwells all believers, brings assurance of salvation and produces increasing likeness to Christ. He builds up the Church and empowers its members for worship, service and mission.
7. The Church
The universal Church is the body of which Christ is the head and to which all who are saved belong. It is made visible in local churches, which are congregations of believers who are committed to each other for the worship of God, the preaching of the Word, the administering of Baptism and the Lord's Supper; for pastoral care and discipline, and for evangelism. The unity of the body of Christ is expressed within and between churches by mutual love, care and encouragement. True fellowship between churches exists only where they are faithful to the gospel.
8. Baptism and the Lord's Supper
Baptism and the Lord's Supper have been given to the churches by Christ as visible signs of the gospel. Baptism is a symbol of union with Christ and entry into his Church but does not impart spiritual life. The Lord's Supper is a commemoration of Christ's sacrifice offered once for all and involves no change in the bread and wine. All its blessings are received by faith.
9. The Future
The Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory. He will raise the dead and judge the world in righteousness. The wicked will be sent to eternal punishment and the righteous will be welcomed into a life of eternal joy in fellowship with God. God will make all things new and will be glorified forever.