Welcome to Selkirk Baptist Church

We're glad that you've looked us up. SBC is part of the Christian church in Selkirk, and we welcome people from all over the Scottish Borders to our services.

If you've not joined us before, we'd love to get the chance to meet you. Our services are welcoming for all ages, and you can find out more about them HERE.

You'll find out all about our church throughout this website, but if you'd like to know more, please get in touch HERE - we look forward to hearing from you.

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About SBC

Selkirk Baptist Church has been around for a while! We go back to 1880, when James Brown, a local blacksmith became our first pastor, with a congregation of 19 people!

Our denominational label, “Baptist,” goes back even further. It all started in Europe with the Reformation of the Church in the early 16th Century. Then the first Baptist Church in Britain took root in 1611. Today, we’re nearly 2500 Baptist Churches with 180,000 members.

If you would like to know a little more about Baptist churches, visit the Scottish Baptist Union website HERE (opens a new tab)

Of course, a denominational label is nothing in comparison to our being identified as followers of Jesus of Nazareth, through Whom we belong to our Heavenly Father, alongside brothers and sisters from the many other Church traditions in the Scottish Borders and beyond.

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Our Church Vision

If our MISSION is to CONNECT OUR NEIGHBOUR TO JESUS, through love, word and deed…..then our VISION is THE CHURCH WE SEE; a community where people will come to:-
KNOW Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, where believers will… GROW up into mature faith in God and the whole church will… OVERFLOW with the good news in service and evangelism.

A Discipleship Pathway

Jesus told us to go out into all the world to make disciples…Jesus Followers! And that surely starts with room for our friends and neighbours to ask questions, to examine the experience of believers, to test God’s words, and explore faith until they can say they personally KNOW Jesus.

We at church recognise then, that if we are to introduce friends to Jesus, we must provide platforms or safe spaces for our neighbours to explore faith, without feeling pushed, judged or stupid. One such place must be Sunday morning services, accessible to friends seeking to connect with God.

If KNOWING is an early step along the path of following Jesus, then GROWING shortly follows: growing in relationship, understanding and maturity as believers experiencing God in their daily lives. To grow then, requires time together getting close to Jesus and learning from each other. Our Connect Groups provide that space to GROW.

If we are GROWING, our hearts are changing, filling up with Jesus’ love for our neighbour, which will OVERFLOW into Christian service in our homes and workplace, in our church family and our local community. We have stories to tell about what Jesus means to us, what He has done for us, and we take those stories with us into platforms of service like Impact Youth or God’s Kitchen.

The Discipleship Pathway then, provides a map and direction of travel for everyone of us to engage in this most amazing calling, to go into the world and make disciples!

We want our folk to fly!

We believe God has gifted us to each other and to our local Border towns. We are all so different: a people of all ages from diverse social, economic, cultural and church backgrounds. Being different is good! We bring different talents, gifts and experiences. The multiple expressions of the call on our lives, as servants of the Most High God, make us very rich. We want to empower and release all our church family in their service to God, according to their faith and passion. We want to see everyone at church fly!

We must mention our children and youth work here

It stands foremost in all we do! If we have 30 children and youth in our church, then what about the other nearly 1000 kids that live in Selkirk’s neighbourhood who know next to nothing about Jesus? We want to tell them!

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WHERE TO FIND US
As a rule, our services are held at Philiphaugh Community Centre, 2 Linglie Road, Selkirk TD7 5LT. You'll find a map at the bottom of this page. The Community Centre is built on to the Philiphaugh Primary School building. To find us, park in the School Car Park and then head through the people’s gate toward and beyond the basketball nets. Follow the wee signs!

Over the Christmas holiday period and on some special occasions, we hold our services at Connections, 35 Back Row, TD7 4LP, just off the A7 near the centre of the town. If our website page is not directing you to a Sunday Service at Connections, then be assured, you will find us at Philiphaugh Community Centre.

OUR SUNDAY SERVICES
The services start at 10:30am on Sunday mornings, closing for teas and coffee at 11:45am. During the school term, the children and teenagers leave the main service half-way through for age appropriate groups: the creche for toddlers (called FIRST STEPS), God’s Gang for primaries and Chosen for our teenagers. During school holidays whilst our children’s group leaders take some time out, we often provide alternative space for the children to colour in or rifle through our church toy box.

DURING THE SERVICE…
Those in attendance may be given space for anyone to bring a prayer or some words from scripture or a story about what God has done in the past week. Visitors might not have experienced that before in church services they have attended. We believe that God has something to say to us through our church family as well as our pastors, so we make space available for that. We are concerned not to make our visitors feel uncomfortable.

THE LORDS SUPPER
We celebrate communion on the third Sunday morning of every month. All who believe in Jesus are invited to share.

WE TAKE AN OFFERING
During the service, the kids pass two elephant money boxes around the congregation as we collect for a children’s charity called Compassion. Meanwhile, the adults pass around offering bags for the church members to contribute toward the running of the church and the works of service we do in the community. Visitors are not expected to bring money for the offering.

MUSIC AND WORSHIP
Christians sing a lot of songs. Our songs reflect what we believe. Like the Psalms in the bible, they are vehicles for expressing our heart toward God. We have musicians who encourage us into God’s presence with hymns and contemporary songs. Here is a side of church life we would love to see grow, with younger worshippers leading alongside the older.

A FAMILY FEEL
Because we come together from various church traditions and we’re made up of all ages, our church services are not particularly formal. They have more of a family feel. When we get together on Sundays, we want nothing less than to encounter Jesus together. We worship with songs and we read from the bible, believing it is God’s word given to us to show how to get the most out of lives lived in community with Him and with one another. We bring what we have, our various gifts and life experiences, and we ask God to make something beautiful of us, through His Holy Spirit.

PRAYER
As we draw our Sunday Service to a close, we will often invite those who may want someone alongside to pray with them, to remain seated, whilst others make their way into the lounge for coffee.

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Sermons

Catch up with our Sunday sermons here......

his vision - one in jesus - Brian Talbot

Sunday 20th October 2019

the sounds of joy and gladness - Brian Talbot

Sunday 13th October 2019

doing his words - Brian Talbot

Sunday 6th October 2019

About Anger - Brian Talbot

Sunday 29th September 2019

Psalm 5

Sunday 21st July 2019

Deuteronomy 1 - Steve Aiken

Sunday 14th July 2019

Psalm 103

Sunday 7th July 2019

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Get in touch

We'd love to hear from you! Contact us using the form below - or see our contact details at the bottom of this page for more ways to connect with us.

Postal Address
The Church Administrator
Selkirk Baptist Church
Connections
35 Back Row
Selkirk TD7 4LP

Church Office Telephone Number
01750 723465 (leave a message if unmanned)

Church Office email address
info@selkirkbaptistchurch.org.uk

Contact Pastor Brian Talbot
brian@selkirkbaptistchurch.org.uk

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About our leaders

We're delighted that you've found us! We'd be thrilled to see you at one of our services, or to hear from you if you have any other questions. In the meantime, read on for a bit more about Pastor Brian, and the others leaders here at SBC.

Brian Talbot (Pastor)
Brian and Jess Talbot look surprisingly youthful for a couple married 40 years!!!” With two young adults and one teenage boy for children, Brian has seen life and times as husband and father and minister in Zimbabwe and here in Scotland. He handles the bible better than a rugby ball but there is hope for him as a new follower of Liverpool Football Club.

Daniel Sturgeon
Daniel and the Sturgeon family have moved to Stranraer to fill a vacancy at Stranraer Baptist Church. We have loved getting to know them, and serving the Lord alongside them. Whilst sad to see them go, we are excited for them in their new post. God bless you the Sturgeons!

Church Deacons
These are church members that the congregation call to work alongside the pastors for 3-year intervals. Andy Carter, Christine Pettie, Peter Old, Sharon Liptrott, Chris Bell, and Norman Given serve the church tirelessly. They bring years of leadership experience, administrative and practical skills, a heart for spirit-led worship and a love for the community at large. They are a gift to us.

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Kids and families

On Sunday mornings, our youth get together at CHOSEN to grapple with some life questions in the light of the bible. Mid-week, Knowepark primary kids meet at a school club called JAM (Jesus-And-Me). SU CLUB and BIG QUESTIONS serve Hot Chocolate at Selkirk High School midday Thursdays and on Friday nights, 1WY (One Way) YOUTH, hang out together for some fun and some serious stuff. Our youth travel bi-monthly to Edinburgh for a larger event called POWERPOINT.

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Midweek Church

MIDWEEK CONNECT GROUPS
Following Jesus is a corporate thing. Jesus reminds us that God is “Our Father!” He is for “us” and not just for “me.” Exploring faith alone, is hard work. Much better that we learn what it means to follow Jesus, together. This is what our Connect Groups are for. We read the bible together and apply it to our lives; we share story; we pray for one another and often we eat! Everyone at church is encouraged to visit the groups until you find one that best fits!

We have groups on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, generally meeting from 7pm or 7.30pm. Some of these groups are profiled below, but for more details, please contact us.

CRAFTERS
As you may suspect, CRAFTERS is about making things, knitting, stitching, tea and cake and talking about life and Jesus…lunchtime on Wednesdays.

IRON MEN AND OUR LADIES FELLOWSHIP
Provide monthly opportunities to get together around food and banter and doing life and faith together.

GOD’S KITCHEN IS ALSO CHURCH
Every Sunday afternoon we serve up a wonderful meal and talk about life and Jesus. Half of our guests have no church connections and might find coming to Sunday morning services too difficult to engage with…so we bring church to them.

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Welcome!

We just wanted to take less than a minute to give you a personal welcome to Selkirk Baptist Church. Click on the video above!

PS. The video is short - but if you want to watch it, and still browse our website at the same time, in Google Chrome, go to the bottom-right of the video, then.....

CLICK ON THE THREE "DOTS"

THEN CLICK "PICTURE IN PICTURE"

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News

Here's the latest news from around SBC......

FAREWELL! TO THE STURGEONS

Sunday 15th SEPTEMBER 2019

We are extremely sad to say goodbye to Daniel and Joanna Sturgeon this Sunday. Daniel has served as our Youth Pastor for these past three years and Joanna has been a great blessing with her introductions to new forms of corporate prayer. We will miss you dear Sturgies! And it’s goodbye Matthew from God’s Gang and goodbye Naomi from First Steps. May the Lord bless you and keep you, as you start your new work this October, as Pastor of sunny Stranraer Baptist Church on the West coast of Scotland!

KEVIN'S BAPTISM!

Sunday 15th SEPTEMBER 2019

What a joy to see this young man grow up in good stature with men and with God! Here’s praising God for you Kevin.

CHURCH CAMP IN THE LAKE DISTRICT!

Sunday 1st SEPTEMBER 2019

CHURCH CAMP is taking place in the Lake District this weekend. But if you're not there with us, don't worry - church is on as usual at 10.30am at Philiphaugh Primary. Watch this space for news from the camp coming soon!

SUKIE AND JESS BACK FROM ZAMBIA

Watch the video!

Sukie and Jess are back from Zambia after more than two weeks of ministering to the 600 under-privileged children of Kabanana school just outside of Lusaka. They have been teaching the children and any parents who have joined in, all about Jesus! And they’ve taught nearly 200 women to knit and sew on newly acquired sewing machines, all provided for through monies raised selling “Sukie’s Scones” in our small local pop up shop. Click below to watch a video some of the women singing beautifully to God

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About SBC

Selkirk Baptist Church has been around for a while! We go back to 1880, when James Brown, a local blacksmith became our first pastor, with a congregation of 19 people!

Our denominational label, “Baptist,” goes back even further. It all started in Europe with the Reformation of the Church in the early 16th Century. Then the first Baptist Church in Britain took root in 1611. Today, we’re nearly 2500 Baptist Churches with 180,000 members.

If you would like to know a little more about Baptist churches, visit the Scottish Baptist Union website HERE (opens a new tab)

Of course, a denominational label is nothing in comparison to our being identified as followers of Jesus of Nazareth, through Whom we belong to our Heavenly Father, alongside brothers and sisters from the many other Church traditions in the Scottish Borders and beyond.

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Privacy Notice

Your personal data – what is it?
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Who are we?
Selkirk Baptist Church is the data controller (contact details below). This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.

How do we process your personal data?
Processing is in relation to members, former members and those having a regular contact in connection with the pursuit of our purpose as a church. Personal data is not disclosed outside the church processes without the consent of the data subjects ( ie those to whom the data belongs).

What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?
As part of the work of the church, we need to process personal data. We undertake to gather and process this data on the lawful basis of consent and under condition 9(2)d of GDPR, in terms of which we process in the course of legitimate activities with appropriate safeguards as a church.

Use of this website – what data will we collect from you?
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If you decide to contact us using the contact form on this website, or by other means identified on this website such as by email or by phone, we will only use the data that you supply for the purposes of responding to your enquiry. Your details will be deleted/destroyed in a secure manner once your enquiry is no longer active, unless you explicitly ask us to keep, use, or re-use your data for further reasons.

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Your rights and your personal data
Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data:-
• The right to request a copy of your personal data which Selkirk Baptist Church holds about you;
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• The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for Selkirk Baptist Church to retain such data;
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If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the process and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

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The church may amend this policy from time to time to ensure compliance with changes or amendments to the law of the UK. Any amended version will be available on our website at www.selkirkbaptistchurch.co.uk/privacy. We suggest that you visit our website regularly to keep up to date with any changes.

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To exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints please in the first instance contact the Data Protection Lead at Selkirk Baptist Church. Community Connections, 35 Back Row, Selkirk. TD7 4LT.

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