We existto love God; to love church; love love Ilford.
We love God through worship. We love the church through fellowship. We love Ilford through mission.
When We MeetSunday Morning Service time : 10:30 AM
Sunday Evening Prayer meeting: 06:00 PM Sunday
Monthly Evening Communion Service: 06:30 PM First Sunday of The Month
What to expect
We gather together to worship Jesus. We’re not formal; we’re not polished. However, we are a grateful people who want to gather together to worship Jesus, love each other and love our community. We are far from perfect, but we worship and thank the One who is.
Anyone and everyone is invited to join us each Sunday.
What We Do
We run a number of activities at the church, for people of all
ages. Check out the What We Do section
under the Main Menu at the top for more
A church member is someone who is committed to the work that
God is doing through a local church. If you love Jesus and
want to serve Him with us, then feel free to apply for
membership. If you want to become a member, fill out this
form and hand it in to the office.
What We believe
We believe the Gospel is central to everything. At Cranbrook Baptist Church, it is all about Jesus!
“I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God…” (Romans 1:16-17). We believe the gospel to be the most wonderful and powerful news in the world. We believe the gospel to be not merely our way into salvation, but the defining mark of the whole of the Christian life. The gospel tells the whole story of Biblical history and how God has acted decisively in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus to redeem the world for His glory. Preaching the gospel means showing how Jesus is the fulfilment and goal of every biblical text.
The gospel is the power of God. When it is declared compellingly from the Scriptures, amazing things happen. Lives are changed, hardened idolatries flee the human heart, families are restored, neighbourhoods are renewed, and whole cities can be changed. So we will preach the gospel. We will counsel with the gospel. We will celebrate the gospel in song. We will remember the gospel with bread and cup. We will learn to live in light of the gospel in every sphere of life. From our personal lives, to our homes, to our neighbourhoods, to the vocations we take in the city. The gospel not only saves us, it changes us, and its goal is not merely a saved people, but a redeemed creation (Romans 8). It is through this gospel that the sovereign Lord accomplishes His great work of salvation. Therefore, the gospel will be central to all that we do as a people. Our desire is to see a people whose personal lives, families, and vocations are marked by the work of Christ on the Cross.
In the Gospel we meet a God who has acted decisively in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus to redeem and restore people to Himself. Jesus lives the life we could not live, dies the death that we deserve to die, and is raised from the dead and revealed to be the King over all creation. This was no arbitrary event in history; it is the decisive work of God through which He is redeeming everything that is broken in our world.
We have a few basic beliefs that unite us as a church.
1. There is one God who is Father, Son, and
Holy Spirit. Always has been, always will be.
2. Humanity rebelled against this God, choosing to live as if He doesn’t even exist.
3. God promised to make this right, and so He sent His Son to live the perfect life, die the perfect death, and rise from the grave in order that humanity might be rescued.
4. All those who have faith in Jesus enjoy Him now on earth, and will live with Him forever when He returns to restore all of creation.
For our Statement of Faith, click here.
As a Christian, we are a disciple. A disciple is someone who has been made alive by the grace of God and is learning to follow Jesus in worship, community, and mission.
- Worship is: when a disciple turns from idols to God as the fountain of joy and life.
- Fellowship is: when a disciple who has been called into God’s diverse and growing family use their spiritual gifts, strengths, and resources to help the family grow.
- Mission is: when a disciple reflects Christ in the world and proclaims Christ to the world.
Jesus tells us that the highest virtue is to love God with all of our being. Our love for God is a response to his love for us. The only reasonable response to God’s love for us in the gospel is to love him in return. “And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38
We love each other in church by doing life together, supporting each other and helping to build members up. So that we can live the life that Jesus set us free to live, when he died for us on the cross.
When we see the love that God has for us, we not only respond with love towards God, but we respond by loving each other in the Community. Whether by gospel outreach or providing for people's physical needs. Jesus tells us that next to loving God, this is the most important commandment. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” John 13:34
We are a community church in the heart of Ilford who believe that it is all about Jesus. Cranbrook Baptist Church is a people of many different ages, races, and backgrounds, who are seeking to love Jesus, love one another, and love Ilford. We are a Baptist church; members of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the London Baptist Association and the Evangelical Alliance. Yet we are an unusual church, and we do not easily fit standard descriptions.
Our members come from a wide range of experiences of Christ and express their discipleship in equally varied ways. However, we do have some strong uniting factors. There is a great sense of family and love for one another here, as well as a belief that we have been called to live and work together as Christians in Ilford. Primarily, we are centred around the person and work of Jesus Christ, who is the leader of our church.
The following declaration was adopted at a meeting of the church on February 1st 1900 and is one with which the Church would still wish to identify itself:
“We ... having already made personal confession of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ as our Redeemer and Saviour, either by Baptism or by union with some acknowledged body of Christians ... hereby resolve to unite together in worship and fellowship as a Church of Jesus Christ, meeting in Cranbrook Baptist Church, Ilford, to carry on Christian work in the neighbourhood, and in connection with the Baptist Denomination."