South Parade is an evangelical, Bible-based church, which belongs to the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the Yorkshire Baptist Association. Its vision statement is ‘To Build Community in Christ’
The present formal membership stands at around 350 and covers a wide age-range. There is a total estimated church community of between 600-700 people. The wide variety of people in the church is reflected in the worship styles and ways of meeting. Overall we seek to reflect both the heritage of the church and the need to be contemporary and open to the Holy Spirit today.
South Parade is made up of 5 Mission Communities or congregations each with its own ethos and particular mission opportunities. Its attendance is mostly drawn from the communities in which the congregations are based. Northside meets in a Primary School and Coffee Shop in Adel and Holt Park on the northern fringe of the city, while Cragg Hill meets in a Victorian chapel in Horsforth on the western edge. Headingley morning and the Sent meet in the Headingley suite of buildings. Connect meet in Hollybush School, Bramley. The church has a holistic view of mission and is committed to evangelism and social action in North and West Leeds and beyond.
The buildings are used extensively by many community and church groups. The church also runs the ABC café in the Holt Park centre on a large estate in Leeds 16. Many members are involved in mission projects across West Yorkshire, and the church has a strong history of mission partnerships across the world,
Most people initially find a place of belonging by turning up at our main Sunday meeting times. Details of venues and times are on our Sunday Services
page. All of these meetings are attended by a wide range of people, and the morning services at Cragg Hill, Connect and Headingley include a full children’s programme. Northside particularly welcomes children on the third Sunday of each month. Meetings last about 90 minutes and refreshments are usually served at the end.
The majority of people find it helpful to belong to smaller Home or Cell Groups
which meet midweek across the city and many also develop strong friendship links through becoming involved in one of our mission projects.
Pastoral support for each other mainly comes through the Home Groups. The church is led by a Ministry Team and Eldership and is devolved into five congregations known as Mission Communities, each with its own leadership team and particular mission strategy.
Deacons look after the fabric and finances of the church. Like all Baptist churches, ultimate responsibility for the life of the church lies with the church members who meet together formally at regular intervals to discern the mind of Christ. Financial support for our work comes from within through church members and regular attendees. If you want to know more about regular giving please contact us via the link on this website and one of us will get back to you with details of how you can contribute.