High Street Baptist Church - Tring
Who are High Street Baptist Church?
We are a community of Christians who seek to follow Jesus Christ as the Lord of our lives and to offer real friendship and belonging to all.
What time does the service start?
The service starts at 10:30am each Sunday morning and normally finishes by 11:45am. On arrival you will be greeted by a member of the church, who will be happy to show you to a seat and help you feel settled. We offer refreshments both before and after the service.
Do I have to know a lot about Christianity to understand the service?
You do not have to have prior knowledge to understand what goes on, and we always welcome people who have questions.
Will I have to say anything, sign anything, give anything, or be singled out in any way?
We are an inclusive church and want you to feel comfortable and relaxed during your time with us, and we will not put you on the spot or embarrass you. An offering box is available on entering the worship area; visitors are under no pressure to contribute but are welcome to do so.
Is the church accessible?
We are a fully wheelchair-accessible building and there is a ramp through the gateway to the left of the main front steps and we have wheelchair-accessible toilet facilities in the back foyer. We also have a hearing loop. If you have any queries regarding any other particular needs, please do not hesitate to contact the church office.
History of High Streeet Baptist Church
This is the story of a General Baptist Church in Tring, Hertfordshire.
In their Confession of 1660, the General Baptists maintained (in opposition to the Particular Baptists) “that God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance and the knowledge of the truth that they may be saved. For which end, Christ hath commanded that the Gospel…should be preached to every creature.”
Dr John Clifford, the greatest of all modern General Baptists, had many links with Tring and its Ministers. There was a General Baptist Fund for Assisting Ministers and Students founded in 1726 and on the distribution lists were the names “Sexton, William, Tring and Student for Books John Clifford, London.
In 1750 the first actual Baptist in Tring was built in Frogmore End.
During the late 1960s and 1970s High Street suffered a period of decline, its membership and congregation reaching a low point during a time without consistent ministerial oversight. Thanks to Home Mission Fund support during the 1980s, however, and under the ministry of the Reverend Michael Humphreys, the church began to recover and grow. Towards the end of the 1980s, the church became independent of Home Mission support, and has continued to be financially independent since that time. Michael Humphreys’ successor, Reverend Dr Steve Sims, was the minister at High Street from 1990 until 1999. Reverend Bill Ives joined High Street in November 2000 and retired at the end of June 2010 and Reverend Andrew Cowley served as our minister from October 2011; there has been continued numeric, financial and spiritual growth within the church during this century.
The following have served as ministers of the church during its more recent history:
Revd Michael A. Humphreys (currently Emeritus Professor of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University) (lay pastor, 1975–1978; student pastor 1978–1981; minister, 1981–1989)
Revd Steve J. Sims (later High School Principal, International School, Basel) (1990–1999)
Revd William G. Ives (retired) (2000–2010)
Revd Andrew D. Cowley (October 2011–2018)
We are indebted to Mr Trevor Wright, Church Secretary, who compiled a short history of the church from 1750 to 1950, to celebrate its Bi-Centenial.
History of High Street Baptist Church 1750-1950history 1750-1950 without photograph