Moriah Baptist Church is so much more than just a building! As a Church, we strongly believe that relationships are the foundation of our Christian faith and hope. Building relationships, developing relationships - with God and with one another and importantly with our community too. Jesus was an incredibly relational person who didn't lord it over people or push them away - he met with them, shared with them - in their joys and in their sorrows so our vision is to be as Jesus would be - intentionally relational in all we do and all we are as a Church.
God is passionate about humanity. Even though humanity became out of sync with God, He demonstrated His love, forgiveness and intention for us by sending His Son, Jesus into the World. Jesus' life, teaching, death and resurrection prove what such passion looks like and how far it will go. We seek to demonstrate God's love through Word and Action, by valuing one another and modelling ourselves on Jesus and his example. We recognise we can't do this in our own strength or ability so we rely on God's love and power.
What is a ‘Baptist’?
All Baptists would say that it's way more important that you have a living relationship with God through following Jesus as your Lord and Saviour than that you belong to any specific group of Christians. Baptist Christians are passionate about the uniqueness of Jesus, the importance of personal faith, the expression of faith through Believers' Baptism, the thrill of "Church" being a gathered company of believers, where, collectively, believers discern the will of God. So, "we're in this together" - there's no hierarchy - we're a "priesthood of all believers". We're committed to telling others about God's love for them and recognise we're not in this alone but rather look to associate with other Baptist Churches locally, nationally and globally.
In 1835 a small Church called 'Moriah' was started in Risca - up by the canal (which is why the lane heading up behind The Fox & The Hound is called Moriah Hill). The Church-yard is still there by the bridge. It wasn't long before the number of people joining the Church meant that they outgrew that building and had to move! The Church prayed and felt it right to ask Lord Tredegar for a plot of land next to the park, believing that this is where God wanted them to be - right at the heart of the community. He initially rejected this idea but eventually, in response to the passion of the people, he gave the land and we've never looked back!