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About Us

Barlestone Baptist Church


About us


We are a small church, but we are gradually increasing our involvement in the local community and want to genuinely welcome and involve anyone who contacts us and comes through our doors or engages with us online.



Our Pastor


Our Pastor is Liz Connelly, and she came to us in January 2020, with her induction service taking place in February 2020. She moved to the village from Cosby in February 2021 with her husband Sandy. Liz and Sandy have four grown up children between them and one grand daughter.


Liz grew up in Broughton Astley Leicestershire, lived for a number of years in Leicester Forest East and has been involved in both the Church of England and the Baptist Church over the years, finally settling into the Baptist Church in 2009 in Whetstone before coming to Barlestone having been involved in leadership roles and trained on the part-time Equipped to Minister course at Spurgeons College in London.


Unusually Liz enjoys Public Speaking and has a strong interest in Family History, enjoys music and taking part in a range of activities. Her hope is that Barlestone Baptist Church will be seen as a safe and welcoming space for anyone. We want people to know that they are loved, valued and that we all have something to offer to those around us. Our Christian beliefs are summarised below. Please do get in touch any time.






As a Member of the Baptist Union, Barlestone Baptist Church subscribes to the Union’s Declaration of Principle: [1]


“That our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, is the sole and absolute authority in all matters pertaining to faith and practice, as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, and that each church has liberty, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to interpret and administer His laws.


16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.    

John chapter 3 verse 16.


That Christian Baptism is the immersion in water into the name of the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit, of those who have professed repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ who ‘died for our sins according to the Scriptures; was buried and rose again on the third day’.


16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.

17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”  Matthew 3: 16-17


That it is the duty of every disciple to bear personal witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to take part in the evangelisation of the world.”


But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. 1 Peter 3:15



[1] The quotation is the Declaration of Principle that is included in section 3 of the constitution of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, as at May 2007.

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