John Bunyan Baptist Church practices believers baptism and is organised by the local congregation through the Church Meeting.
John Bunyan Baptist Church is an inclusive Christian community which is open to everyone. We welcome and embrace all people whatever their age and abilty; class, race and cultural background; gender and sexual orientation.
The worship is centred around the reading of the bible and the sharing of bread and wine and whilst there is a clear pattern, or liturgy, it is open and informal with opportunity for people to participate and join in from the very youngest to the oldest.
The church is a very mixed community with a few families forming the core of the young people’s group who take an active part in its life and worship. Reflecting the cultural diversity of the area, the congregation is often made up of eight or more different nationalities.
Migrant groups moving into Oxford have shaped the church since its beginning when people from Wales moved to Cowley in the 1930’s to work in Morris Motors (now BMW Mini). It was with this group of Welsh Baptists that the church was formed in 1939.
In the 50s and 60s people came from the Caribbean and this group (mainly from Jamaica) make up a quarter of the church. People from Asia, India, and more recently from Africa, especially Nigeria, have also moved into the area and joined the church.
The ministry of the church to the wider community is expressed through the Ark T Centre, a community arts project which is based in the church premises.
John Bunyan Baptist Church also provides a home for one other Baptist church which is largely made up of recent migrants to Britain from Brazil and Portugal.