Cullompton Baptist Church


Cullompton Baptist Church
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The LORD is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
Proverbs 15:29(NIV)
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History

Chapter 1  Early Beginnings: fasting and praying

In 1700 Baptists in Cullompton met for worship in a dwelling house as a branch of the church at Upottery, and continued to assemble in houses around the town for the next 40 years. This was not unusual as there are many instances of non-conformists meeting in this way. For example, at the same time the Baptists at Prescott met for their services in a farm house known as Old Hall, for at least 8 years. Our links with Upottery are explained by the climate of religious persecution that prevailed in the seventeenth century. Of particular importance to our story was the introduction  of the Five Mile Act in 1665. This prohibited clergy  who would not take the oath of allegiance ( these would normally be non-conformists)  from holding services within five miles of a corporate town. The penalty for failing to comply was a fine of £40, a vast sum at this time. Upottery was significant because of its relative isolation, being well over five miles away from any major towns and close to the county boundary. The records of  Tiverton Baptist Church give full account of the lengths to which Baptists  were prepared  to go in order to worship. As their history explains:

‘Baptists from Tiverton were accustomed to start from their homes with provisions on the Saturday in order to cover the twenty-one miles [ to Upottery ]  in good time for the Sunday morning worship’ (1).

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Coming Events

Saturday 21 Sep 2019 5:00 pm
Harvest BBQ
Venue: School Room

Sunday 22 Sep 2019 10:30 am
Sunday Worship
Rev Glen Graham - Harvest Service

Sunday 29 Sep 2019 10:30 am
Sunday Worship
Rev Glen Graham

Saturday 12 Oct 2019 10:30 am
Sacred Harp Singing Day


Cullompton Baptist Church
High Street, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 1AB
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