From Here to Where?
To be a Church growing and uniting around the gospelthat
is our vision! A community gathering as one for
worship then going as many in mission- that is our
A people experiencing God’s grace corporately and
expressing it locally in neighbourhoods like Strouden
Park and Townsend- that is our vision!
A people called to glorify God and proclaim Christ in the
power of the Spirit through the truth of the Word
- that is our vision!
A strategic, town centre church, with a big heart for
others and a big map for the nations of the world
- that is our vision!
It is towards that vision we want to pray, serve and
give, not because we are amazing but because Jesus is
Lord. Not because the church is a building but because
the people of God benefit from a place of encounter and
encouragement which they can call home.
We want to see a welcoming environment for all kinds
of people, a flexible space to host major events, a well
equipped venue for training courses, concerts and
significant public occasions. An oasis for the passer by
and the seeker, as well as an enjoyable resource for our
children, youth and students.
In what follows, you will read the heartbeat of many
different people. All of them excited at the prospect
of what this wonderful, multi -purpose centre for
Christian Mission might achieve.
It is time for us to step into all that God has for us. And
who knows what new and surprising things await a
people open to the Spirit?
We have a big vision, but we have an even bigger God
who can do more than we could ever ask or imagine.
Peter Baker | Senior Minister
Glorify God Proclaim Jesus In the Spirit T
• In Touch
• Free School
hrough the Word
Town Centre Mission
& Church Partnerships
• City Gate
• Love Church
Children, Youth and Families
“One generation will commend your works
We want to develop:
• An effective Children and Youth Ministry that equips the
Next-Generation to glorify God and Proclaim Jesus.
• A ministry that provides opportunities for children and
young people to know, love and serve God.
• A ministry where each child and young person is valued
• A ministry which helps support and equip parents to raise
their children for a life of faith.
A new building will provide us with the space to come
together, uniting all our children and youth as one Church
family on a Sunday, as well as providing them with their
own areas for teaching and worship.
During the week in attractive, well appointed facilities,
we will have more space to develop relevant and creative
age- group programmes. The Café will give us an area for
welcoming, connecting and relaxing together.
“Our Mission is to be at the heart of the community. We
want to reach out and build bridges of faith, hope and
love to the many different kinds of people who live in the
locality. That will mean many exciting new initiatives
as well as continuing to developing our existing toddler
programmes and supporting gospel work among schools.
Parenting courses, family workshops, children’s clubs,
after school activities are just some of the possibilities
generated by this great resource.”
Angelina Linden | Children and Family Worker
“Seek the peace and prosperity of the city”
In this strategic part of the Town Centre there is
a vibrant community. From the many University
buildings and the offices of larger institutions, to the
small businesses and shops, Lansdowne is a great place
to be. Our building with its auditorium, meeting rooms
and multi-use sports hall, will provide a unique space in
a location where such facilities are not readily available.
“Bournemouth University are looking forward to
the opening of the new Lansdowne Church in the
near future. As a key stakeholder in the Lansdowne,
BU is proud to have a positive relationship with the
Lansdowne Church and we are excited to see the new
church develop. The university is keen to develop our
relationship further and look forward to the potential
of utilising some of the fantastic new spaces the
church will deliver.”
Stuart Laird, Director of Estates
We aim to balance the needs of church ministries
with the local business community ensuring that the
facilities realise their full potential.
“In opening up the use of the building, we not only
raise awareness of our presence as a Church, but we
create a positive interface for lots of different people
with our message. The Café, which is planned to
provide good quality coffee and light lunches will be
a key part of that.
Our vision is that through the facilities in Lansdowne
Road, the church will actively engage with the
business community providing both practical
and spiritual support to those working in the
Doug McGinn | Director of Operations
Thousands of new students arrive in Bournemouth each
year, and many start out just a few metres away from
the new Lansdowne building at the halls of residence
which seem to be multiplying all the time!
The opportunity to reach out to them, to be a place
of rest, encouragement and challenge and, most
importantly, present the gospel to them, is huge! The
café could be a real hub for study, mission events and
more. A church plays such a pivotal role in the life of a
Christian starting at university. Here’s Ioana’s story:
Being part of Lansdowne church has made a big
difference to me. Lansdowne has great teaching and
the people really care about you in practical ways.
I meet with Molly regularly to study the Bible (and
enjoy tea and cakes!). She prays for me often and
sends verses to encourage me. This is such a lift and I
would never have expected that sort of commitment
- they are genuine Christians and true friends
• Over 20,000 students are currently enrolled at
• A staggering 5,300 students will be living in halls
of residence in the area around Lansdowne Road
• In additional to this, more than 3,000 students are
enrolled at the Arts University.
• This includes 378 art students who’ll be living at the
Madeira Road Halls, just around the corner from our
• Some estimate that there are also more than 50,000
language students studying in Bournemouth at
• Our new building on Lansdowne Road will be right
at the centre of Bournemouth’s student community,
giving us an incredible context to share the gospel
with those who are studying in the town.
Homeless and Vulnerably Housed
“ I was hungry and you gave me something
to eat, a stranger and you invited me in .
I needed clothes and you clothed me.”
In Bournemouth today an ever-increasing number of
people are surviving on the streets or living below the
poverty line. Lansdowne Church provides a lunch twice
a week from St Augustin’s church along with a foodbank
operating from Woodbury Avenue serving both the
Strouden and Townsend communities.
Our vision is to try and provide a long-term solution to
help people stabilise their lives, get off the streets, and deal
with the underlying problems (e.g. addiction, abuse), and
most importantly to give our guests real hope that comes
in a belief in Christ. This is a very complex task in which
Lansdowne Church works closely with others. Faithworks
(Wessex), Bournemouth Christians Alongside Rough
Sleepers (BCARS) are partners with us in the provision
of Sleepsafe (beds for the homeless during the winter).
Ellen McGinn, who leads the In Touch Ministry, shares
her heart: “The key part of the vision is to provide true
hope to those who are totally hopeless. Our challenge going
forward is how to develop these ministries as part of a wider
Bournemouth initiative. Our new building is right at the heart
of where the homeless are located. We want to develop our
outreach and have more trained people capable of addressing
our guests’ particular needs.”
Alistair Doxat Purser CEO of Faithworks Wessex:
“Faithworks is delighted by Lansdowne Church’s example and
commitment to addressing the needs of Rough Sleepers and
Vulnerably Housed people over a number of years. Further,
as programmes such as Sleepsafe develop, it has been hugely
encouraging to witness how the Lansdowne team have worked
in partnership with other key churches in the town - this will
lead, not only to more rough sleepers finding Hope and a
new life, but also to other innovative ideas as churches work
together. And the new building will only enhance this, given its
strategic position in the town. Faithworks are eagerly looking
forward to the opportunities this will bring to work more closely
with Lansdowne Church in the coming years to bring God’s
hope to the most needy in our town.”
“I always pray with joy for all of you because
of your partnership in the Gospel”
The location of our new centre for Christian Mission puts
us, not only right at the heart of the town, but also brings
us into a closer relationship with a number of churches
who share our patch and our passion for the gospel.
With them we can play a strategic role and make a
distinctive contribution to the voice of the
Such partners are looking forward to our arrival,
believing as we do that we can accomplish far more
together than we ever could on our own.
“ I often pray for Lansdowne Church to persevere and
prosper during the completion of their building programme.
The future need and opportunity for the gospel in
Bournemouth is vast and the task is urgent. I can’t wait
to see Lansdowne Church return to their new site right in
the heart of this fast-changing town. United by Jesus and
empowered by his Spirit, we are all called to join him as he
builds his church and kingdom here today.”
Rev Dr Tim Matthews
One of the Town’s longest serving Pastors, Roger
Constantine, tells his own story of faith ..
I have a picture of the original Lansdowne building in my
study. Back in 1975 I gave my life to Jesus as a 10 year old,
was discipled (hard work for many!), baptised, married
and sent out to be a minister for the gospel, all from that
building. I’m part of the countless 1000’s of people that
over the years found the grace of God there. We too have
experienced the challenges that a new build brings, but
now we are seeing the benefits that such resource brings
for us as we reach others for Jesus when we persevere. We
are praying for you and excited to see the next 1000 people
follow Christ as you use your completed building - send me
a picture for my wall!
Senior Team Pastor
Bournemouth Community Church
Internationals and Refugees
“Show your love for the foreigner, since
you yourselves were foreigners in Eygpt.”
Mary Browse our Internationals Worker sees it this way:
“The vision of the Internationals’ Ministry at
Lansdowne is to make disciples of all nations. The
world comes to Bournemouth and thousands of
International students or working residents live in
the BH1 postcode. We long to see many of them find
the love and truth of Christ as we build relationships
A welcoming environment in the new building with
its Café and contemporary facilities, will provide an
ideal context for our International Café , the Toddlers
programme which attracts many different nationalities
and the development of new initiatives.
Sophie Nott, Student Union Assistant Manager at
Bournemouth University Lansdowne Campus says:
“The new Church Building will have such a positive
impact on International Students as it will be an
excellent space for them to create friendships and
celebrate their culture and for many to connect with
I believe it will be a friendly and welcoming
environment and enable students to feel comfortable
and cared for so far away from home.”
We are also keen to partner with organisations like
International Christian Network (ICN) who are
working with refugees and asylum seekers.
“People flee their homes for all kinds of reasons,
never doing so lightly or without cost. We are called
to love them and to share hope, it can be painful, but
it is a joy and a privilege to do so.”
( Nicky Thenin, ICN )
“Go and make disciples of all nations.”
The vision of the Lord Jesus is ours.
So from our frontline networks to the nations, we want
to make disciples. Our new facility in the town centre
will serve that great and growing ambition. With
so many visitors here from unreached parts of the
world, the open welcome of our new cafe will become a
strategic door for mission to all peoples. The building
will also provide an effective base for the training
and equipping of many. Just think of the wave of new
workers the Lord will send out from amongst us as he
answers the prayers of his people.
As we gather in one place for worship, we trust that God
will lead us to win, build and send many.
“As relative newcomers to Lansdowne the
prospect of a new building fills us with a sense of
excitement for the future. State of the art facilities,
flexible layouts and an on-site cafe provide lots of
opportunities to create attractive environments to
encourage people, especially unchurched people,
into God’s house.”
Billy & Anne Davidson
Making Disciples from our
Networks to the Nations
Loving the Lost
Telling the Gospel
Strouden Park and Townsend
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares
the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm
you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
“The potential for resourcing local mission as a church
out of our central congregation in Lansdowne Road is
exciting! We want to reach the unreached communities
within the conurbation.”
Tom Davenport Community Worker
That’s already happening in Townsend and Strouden Park.
But with the opening of the new building we look forward to
resourcing our mission in such places even more effectively.
Through this, we aim to see men, women and children from
these estates reached with the gospel, becoming disciples of
Christ and growing with us in Him.
The positive impact we are already having is something
which Lorna Head, the principle at Jewell Academy,
“A sense of Belonging is part of our values at Jewell.
The children know they belong to Jewell Academy,
but by working in partnership with the church, they
have begun to understand they belong to much more
than just their families and their school. The Church
has supported us in assemblies, fund raising and
more recently, mentoring. This provides a strong
link for all stakeholders. We look forward to the links
A growing central congregation will not just support and
resource what we are doing in BH8, but help us to develop
mission in other similar areas.
“Therefore encourage each other and build
each other up.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11
In a broken world, broken people like us can find in
Christ our peace. We want to offer that hope to all those
who are already or who will become part of the growing
family of Lansdowne.
In our various Small Groups, through specific age and
stage focussed ministries, people are finding a place to
belong and believe.
So in and out of the new building, we want to model a
community that increasingly cares and loves. We will
seek to do this as now with effective every member
mutual pastoral care. But we will also aim to develop
fresh ways of understanding and addressing the many
challenges we face as people in a society facing big
challenges about identity, wellbeing and purpose.
Our vision is help each other and all those seeking faith.
For our Regeneration Project is about far more than
having a modern, multi-purpose building.
We want to create a home for the hurting and a shelter
for the weary.
That is the invitation of Christ
“Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will
give your rest for your soul.”
We are not the answer, the Lord Jesus is!
“We joined Lansdowne after going through a
traumatic experience within our family. While
our home life was turned upside down, coming to
Lansdowne has enabled us to refocus on God and
rebuild our family. The church has become our
extended family in Christ, and we are forever grateful
to God for leading us here.”
Jonny and Jenny Nicholls
Registered Charity No 1158579
Lansdowne Church is a name of Lansdowne Baptist Church Bournemouth. CIO. Charity No. 1158579.