Baptists are a historic, mainstream Christian denomination with roots that date back to the 17th Century. There are more than 40 million members worldwide with churches in almost every country. In the UK there are more than 2000 Baptist churches. While preserving the independence of each local congregation, churches work together in Associations and Unions which are similar to the districts, synods, and diocese in other Christian churches.
The largest of these is the Baptist Union of Great Britain, which organises itself through thirteen regional Associations. The North West Baptist Association includes churches in Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales. In North Merseyside we have churches in Southport, Netherton, Kirkby, Maghull, Old Roan and Aintree Village.
The Baptist Union of Great Britain believes that people of all beliefs and background should be treated with dignity and respect, and that matters of religious difference should be addressed in a spirit of co-operation and mutual understanding.