Cullompton Baptist Church

Cullompton Baptist Church
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Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:1(NIV)
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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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Anyone interested in the history of Cullompton are invited to visit the Historic Cullompton website.

Coming Events

Sunday 10 Mar 2024 10:30 am
Sunday Morning Service
Service led by Mr. Peter Wrigley from Tiverton Baptist Church

Sunday 17 Mar 2024 10:30 am
Communion Service
Service led by Rev. Glen Graham; John 17; Part 1. Followed by the AGM.

Sunday 24 Mar 2024 10:30 am
Family Service
Service led by Rev. Glen Graham.

Thursday 28 Mar 2024
Maundy Thursday

Friday 29 Mar 2024 10:00 am
Good Friday walk of the witness
Starting at Cullompton Tesco Carpark, stations throughout the town. All welcome
Venue: Cullompton Tesco Carpark

Friday 29 Mar 2024 11:00 am
Good Friday service
Venue: St Andrews Church

Sunday 31 Mar 2024 10:30 am
Easter Sunday
Service led by Rev. Glen Graham

Sunday 7 Apr 2024 10:30 am
Sunday Morning Service
Service led by Rev. Glen Graham

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


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