Minehead is situated in West Somerset (UK) on the coast of the Bristol Channel. We are very privileged in this area. We are surrounded by many constant reminders of the beauty of God’s creation, Exmoor with its rolling hills and forests, the Bristol Channel with its large tides and steep cliffs to the west, and many beautiful, historical, and picturesque villages.
The Church is in Parks Lane, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 8BS. There is also an entrance in The Parks (with disabled access).
Parks Lane is located towards the top of the town and leads off from Parks Street.
If you’re on ‘The Avenue/The Parade’, the main road through the town, head away from the sea. Carry straight on at Wellington Square, where the road changes to Park Street. Park Street then splits into Parkhouse Road (straight/left) and The Parks on the right; with Parks Lane off to the right just before the fork in the road.
Download a large print-friendly map (pdf 220kb).
Because of the Church’s location, parking is somewhat limited; but you can normally park in one of the local side roads (such as Parkhouse Road).
You can contact the Church Office on: (01643) 709764. The office is open 8.00am to 1.00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (answer-phone all other times). Our Church Administrator is Margaret Hammel.
We meet for Worship Services on Sundays and include a wide range of worship styles, both old and new. To find out more about our Services, find out what we do.
New to Church?
If you’re new or are visiting the area, or aren’t used to going to Church, please go to our New to Church page that will hopefully answer lots of your questions!
Our Church leadership team consists of our Ministers, Church Officers and Elders which are responsible for the spiritual leadership and administration of the Church.
The Church has a team structure. Each of the following teams is overseen by an Elder:
- Children’s and Youth.
Rev Paul McCabe will be starting his ministry at MBC at the beginning of November.
Church Secretary (Church Officer)
Church Treasurer (Church Officer)
Mark Scyner (Youth Worker / Children’s & Youth Team)
What We Believe
As Baptists we believe in:
The Lordship of Christ
“Jesus is Lord” is the distinctive confession of faith. As individuals and as churches, Baptists seek to make Jesus Lord of every aspect of their lives.
The authority of the Bible
As Baptists we believe that the Bible shows us Gods way for living. We seek to root our lives in the revelation of Gods truth.
The Baptism of believers
On the basis of the New Testament, Baptists claim that baptism is for believers only. Baptism is only for those who are able to declare “Jesus is Lord”. As a symbol of Jesus’ claim on their lives, Baptists practice baptism by ‘immersion’, in which candidates symbolise their desire to ‘die to self’ and live for Christ.
The priesthood of all believers
In the Baptist model of a believers’ church every member has a role to play, whether in teaching, faith-sharing, evangelism, social action, pastoring, guiding, serving, prophetic insight, praying, healing, administration or hospitality.
The gathered Church
Baptists believe in membership with a local church. Local Baptist Churches appear to be independent of one another but, in fact, they have always been linked together into what we call ‘Associations’. They join with other Baptist churches in an area for support and mission and this is fundamental in our understanding of the church. Together we make up ‘The Baptist Union’. But we are not THE Baptist Church but a union of local churches and Associations. Belonging together in Christ locally is what makes our membership in the world-wide church real.
Religious freedom for all has always been a keystone of the Baptist way. Within Baptist churches, tolerance for difference of outlook and diversity of practice is encouraged.
Our Church History
The earliest record of Baptists in the Minehead area is in 1656 when they worshipped at Stogumber. In 1760, a meeting house was established in Minehead and in 1817, a small Church was erected in Periton. In 1831, the Chapel was built on its present site.
In 2017 we will celebrate our 200th anniversary!
If you’d like to know more about the History of MBC, please go to the From the Archives page.
In the year 2000 we had Project 2000 that completely refurbished the interior of the Chapel.
In 2016 the Church was a successful applicant of the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund. The work is planned to take place during 2017.