I am the Way
and the Life
A church that delights in God’s Word and celebrates God’s grace
Welcome To Upton Baptist Church
Building a community for Christ
We’re a friendly and welcoming Bible believing evangelical church made up of people from all walks of life, united by our love of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Please do have a look around the website and get in touch if you have any questions.
We currently meet each Sunday at 10.30, and the service is live-streamed. We have historically also met in the evening, which we will return to in some form as things return to normal.
Our family friendly and accessible services last a little over an hour. We’re an active and outward-looking church where you’ll receive a warm welcome.
A crèche with a video link is available during the morning service and there are 3 Sunday School classes for younger children.
What’s the best gift God could give you? Life Explored – an informal and relaxed 4 week course. This world is full of experiences and possessions which promise happiness, yet deliver so little. As it explores the Bible story (creation, fall, redemption, new creation), Life Explored shows how our deepest desires for happiness can only be satisfied in one person, Jesus Christ. The best gift God can give us is himself Get in touch to find out more.
OK we’re not located near the campus area, but over the years we’ve provided many students with a spiritual home during their studies. If you’d like a lift please get in touch. And if you’d like Sunday lunch, just let us know!
The Bible study / Prayer meeting is in church some Wednesdays, and we have a variety of house groups, ladies Bible study meetings, coffee mornings and other informal meetings.
From crèche, right through to older teens and young adults, we have a range of clubs and activities, all working to develop and strengthen a living faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
A lively program of games, crafts and engaging Bible stories. School years 3-6, 6.15-7.30pm – currently every other Tuesday.
For high school age+, meetings alternate between games and activities in the church hall or away ‘activities’, and Bible studies. 7.30-9.00 Fridays.
Who they are, from left to right
Alex grew up in Milton Keynes and had virtually no Christian input besides Christmas trips to church. It was after University when, grieving for his Grandfather, he started to question if there was more to life. “A friend started to tell me about God”, he says, “not the distant idea of God that so many people have, but of a father figure with whom you can have a real and personal relationship. I was intrigued and started to go to church to try and learn more. Over time I came to see that Jesus Christ was not just a story told to children, but was the actual Son of God who laid down his life so that my sins could be forgiven and that without ever accepting that sacrifice there was no way I could ever be right with God.”
Peter’s role as a deacon in the church is to take primary responsibility for the church site and building. He and his wife met while they were studying veterinary science at Liverpool University. They now run a farm on the outskirts of Chester. It was in 1975, during his studies at Liverpool, that Peter became a Christian. Having been brought up to attend the local anglican church Peter was challenged by the Christians he met at Uni. It was obvious that they had more than a head knowledge of the Bible. They claimed to know Jesus Christ personally. Over several months of attending the university Christian Union, Peter realised that he needed to ask God to forgive the sins of his past, and ask the Lord Jesus Christ to come into his life as both Saviour and Lord.Peter has never regretted making that step of faith and today is still seeking to know God better and discover new lessons to be learnt and applied from His Word, the Bible.
John’s role in the church is Treasurer and as such, he is responsible for overall management of the church finances, including budgeting and making payments to the various missionaries and organisations we support, as well as dealing with day to day expenses. John was brought up as a Roman Catholic and attended church regularly, until his teenage years, when he became indifferent to organised religion. One evening, whilst out in Chester city centre, John was invited to a coffee bar where he met people who attended church, not out of duty, but because they had a living and vibrant relationship with God. John was challenged by this and realising the importance of a personal living relationship with God through the Lord Jesus Christ, made a commitment himself at the age of 20 and has never regretted following Christ ever since. As a husband, father and Christian businessman, John is able to testify of God’s involvement in his life on a daily basis, adding a whole new purpose and meaning to life on earth which was never there previously and a promise and assurance of eternal life with God in heaven when he dies.
Since coming to the church in 2003, Ian continues to enjoy the teaching, fellowship, and support that characterises Upton Baptist. He became a Christian in his early teens after hearing the gospel several thousand times since his earliest years, but it was only at that point that the Lord showed him he needed to personally turn to Him for forgiveness. Married to Liz, they have two bright and cheery daughters. His professional background is IT / management, but he now runs his own photography and video business. Within the church Ian serves as a deacon focusing on communication and associated equipment. Any spare time is taken up with watersports, mountain biking, and off-road running.
Upton Baptist Church holds personal information about staff, church members,
regular church attendees and other individuals who have provided such
information for a specific purpose.
This information is used for the following purposes:
- The production of our “Members and Friends Prayer Diary” – copies of
which are given to all whose names appear on it. Copies are also made
available on request to others who have started attending the church since
it was produced.
- The day-to-day administration of the Church (including maintaining
membership records, providing pastoral care and oversight, preparation of
rotas and maintaining financial records of giving for tax purposes).
- The day-to-day administration of Church activities (including but not limited
to children’s and youth activities, Parents and Toddlers, Holiday Bible Club,
“Who Let the Dads out?”, and the Art and Craft group).
- Communicating with those people whose contact details we hold to keep
them informed of relevant Church activities and events.
Upton Baptist Church recognises the importance of the correct and lawful
treatment of personal data. All personal data, whether it is held on paper, on
computer or other media, will be subject to the appropriate legal safeguards as
specified in the General Data Protection Regulation 2017
Upton Baptist Church fully endorses and adheres to the eight principles of the
GDPR. These principles specify the legal conditions that must be satisfied in
relation to obtaining, handling, processing, transportation and storage of personal
data. Employees and any others who obtain, handle, process, transport and
store personal data for Upton Baptist Church must adhere to these principles.
- The 8 Principles
The principles require that personal data shall:
- Be processed fairly and lawfully and shall not be processed unless certain
conditions are met.
- Be obtained for a specified and lawful purpose and shall not be processed
in any manner incompatible with that purpose.
- Be adequate, relevant and not excessive for those purposes.
- Be accurate and where necessary, kept up to date.
- Not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose.
- Be processed in accordance with the data subject’s rights.
- Be kept secure from unauthorised or unlawful processing and protected
against accidental loss, destruction or damage by using the appropriate
technical and organisational measures.
- Not be transferred to a country or territory outside the European Economic
Area, unless that country or territory ensures an adequate level of
protection for the rights and freedoms of data subjects in relation to the
processing of personal data.
- Maintaining Confidentiality
Upton Baptist Church will treat all your personal information as private and
confidential and not disclose any data about you to anyone other than the
leadership, administrators and activity co-coordinators of the church in order to
facilitate the administration and day-to-day ministry of the church.
All Upton Baptist Church staff and volunteers who have access to Personal Data
will be required to agree to sign a Confidentiality Policy and a Data Protection
There are four exceptional circumstances to the above permitted by law:
- Where we are legally compelled to do so.
- Where there is a duty to the public to disclose.
- Where disclosure is required to protect the interest of an individual.
- Where disclosure is made in response to a formal request or with the
- Use of Personal Data
Upton Baptist Church will use personal data for three main purposes:
- The day-to-day administration of the church; e.g. pastoral care and
oversight including calls and visits, preparation of rotas, the organisation of
activities and maintaining financial records of giving for audit and tax
- Communications designed to keep individuals informed of church activities
- Statistical analysis; gaining a better understanding of church
Personal data will not be used for any purposes other than set out in this
- Control of Personal Data
- Personal data will be held only where clear and unambiguous consent
has been given for the purpose for which it will be used. This consent
can be withdrawn by any data subject on written request.
- People who will have secure and authorised access to the data include
Elders and Deacons, Church Trustees, Activity Team Leaders,
Fellowship Group Leaders, and administrators.
- Personal information shared by a data subject during personal
conversations with members of the pastoral team will be treated as
confidential and not shared further without their explicit consent.
Records will be retained only as long as they remain relevant to the
appropriate exercise of pastoral care (i.e. “legitimate interest”).
- Access to personal computers or mobile devices that are used to store
personal data will be restricted to the user of such devices and be
controlled by a confidential password. Where possible, files should be
further encrypted by means of a password.
- Printed attendance or contact registers that carry no more personal
data than names, (and in the case of children, dates of birth and
emergency contact details), have only minimal privacy impact and do
not need to be treated as confidential. Other personal data held in hard
copy form will not be held in a location open to unauthorised access.
- Personal data will NOT be accessed by any authorised users outside of
the EU, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation
2017, unless prior consent has been obtained from the individual whose
data is to be viewed.
- All individuals who are the subject of personal data held by Upton
Baptist Church are entitled to:
• Ask what information the church holds about them and why.
• Ask how to gain access to it.
• Be informed how to keep it up to date.
• Be informed what the church is doing to comply with its obligations
under the General Data Protection Regulation 2017.
- Personal information will not be passed onto any third parties outside of
the church environment.
- Personal information (including photographs) of individuals will not be
published on our website without obtaining explicit and informed
consent from the individuals concerned or their parents. We will never
publish the names of children and young people alongside their
- The need to process data for normal purposes has been communicated
to all data subjects. In some cases. If the data is sensitive, for example,
information about health, race or gender, express consent to process
the data must be obtained.
- Data will be held only as long as is necessary for processing.
- Right to Access or Correct Data
Subjects whose personal data is held by Upton Baptist Church have the right to
access any personal data that is being held in electronic or manual filing
systems. This right is subject to one exemption: personal data may be withheld if
the information relates to another individual.
Similarly, if personal details are inaccurate, they can be amended.
Any person who wishes to exercise this right should make the request to the
Church Secretary in writing. Upton Baptist Church will aim to comply with any
request for access to or correction of personal information as quickly as possible,
but will ensure that it is actioned within 30 days of receipt unless there is good
reason for delay. In such cases, the reason for delay will be explained in writing
to the individual making the request.