As an inner city church, formed in 1895, within the capital city of Edinburgh, we seek to be a loving and accepting church for the incredibly diverse and needy society around us. Although relatively small we are a multi-cultural and multi-racial church that regularly welcomes to our Sunday services people of a wide age range and from all walks of life, including those who have not yet come to know Christ. It has been an amazing story of God’s unfailing guidance and faithful provision enabling a fellowship of ordinary Christians to faithfully witness, year in, and year out, to the people who live within the Abbeyhill area for more than a century.
Worship - Our desire and purpose is that God will be central in Abbeyhill Baptist Church – the focus of all that we are; all we think, say, and do.
Personal Growth - Our desire and purpose as individuals at Abbeyhill Baptist Church is to commit to a continual development of Christ likeness which is rooted in Biblical teaching.
Family Responsibility - Our desire and purpose as the family of Abbeyhill Baptist Church is to encourage, support and strengthen one another; creating a place where everyone is welcomed, appreciated, and allowed to discover and develop their full potential in Christ.
Loving Our Neighbours - Our desire and purpose is that we in Abbeyhill Baptist Church rejoice in making Christ known to those we meet in our everyday lives; in our neighbourhood and further afield.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We seek to respond to God through commitment to His will as revealed in Christ and the scriptures and are bound together in our common faith.
The ethos of Abbeyhill Baptist Church arises from the experience of Christ’s love in our lives. It is His love which motivates us in our relationships with God and with men and women, whether within or outwith the church.
Believer’s baptism has been an integral part of Christianity from the very beginning. It is an outward act by which the person being baptised testifies to a decisive inner step which has taken place, namely, personal commitment to Jesus Christ. It expresses repentance towards God, personal faith in Christ as Saviour and Lord of their life. It identifies them with Christ’s people. Baptism normally takes place by full immersion in water. It is a symbol not only of cleansing but also of being buried with Christ so death to the old life then rising to new life in Christ by his Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38-41, 8:12, Romans 6:4, Galatians 3:26,27)
RECRUITMENT OF A NEW PASTOR
Our Pastor Gordy Mackay left us at the end of June 2017 and moved to Perth Baptist Church where he is serving as their Community Pastor. We are now seeking a new Pastor with a heart for God who identifies with our vision, receives the call from God to the church family of Abbeyhill Baptist Church and will serve with us as we move forward under the Spirit’s leading.
We would ideally like an experienced Pastor who can draw on his knowledge and experience of leading other churches, but we are completely open to God’s leading with regards to whom God wants for us as a fellowship. The new Pastor will need to be a confident leader with the skills, experience and spiritual maturity to lead the fellowship whilst identifying, encouraging and utilizing the skills and experience of the congregation thus encouraging a true team ministry.
Applicants must be accredited with the Baptist Union of Scotland or be willing to work towards accreditation. Interested parties should in the first instance email Martin Hodson, Ministry Development Coordinator, at the Baptist Union of Scotland on firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.