Cornerstone Church

About us

We are friendly family of local Christian believers of all ages and from a wide variety of backgrounds seeking to bring a vibrant and relevant witness to our faith in Jesus Christ to the local community and wider world.

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Our Sunday service consists of informal, lively worship, using modern worship songs and occasionally a more traditional hymn, with time for worship through open praise, the use of the spiritual gifts, and in praying for the needs of the world about us. The reading of scripture and the preaching of God's word which is vital for our spiritual life and growth are both important to us.

It is our aim to welcome everyone of all ages and backgrounds, so we allow members of the congregation to feel free to stand up or sit down during the worship, and for very young children have colouring books and toys out on a play mat at the back of the church during the service. We do not worry if children move about or make a noise!

You can download recordings of our services on our Downloads page.

The church began in 1954 when a Sunday school was established, meeting in what is now the Leaf Academy (formerly Oakmead School) with over 300 children attending. The current church hall was built while the surrounding housing estate was being developed and was opened on October 13th 1956 as West Howe Baptist Church (you can view a video of the original opening here). In March 2010 the church changed its name to Cornerstone Church as an expression of its mission to build the lives of local people upon the Chief Cornerstone, Jesus Christ (see Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Peter 2:4-10), and its desire to be a cornerstone of the local community. 

Cornerstone Church is a member of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Evangelical Alliance, and the BAYLinkWe fully subscribe to the Evangelical Alliance Basis of Faith as a statement of our own beliefs.

As you can see from our Welcome page, we have plans to update our building. If you would like to contribute financially to the church, there are two ways:                                                            

  • You can now make donations quickly and simply through PayPal. Use the following link to make a donation to Cornerstone Church, Bournemouth.
  • This one won't cost you anything! If you buy online, you just go to to make your online purchase. You may well be able to use your normal retailer, but they pass some money from each purchase to us. (You can sign up on your PC, laptop, tablet or mobile. Retailers including Amazon, Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda, John Lewis, eBay and Expedia. This link tells you how it works).

The Leadership Team:

Minister Rev. Brian Wiggins

Brian has been our pastor since January 2014.

Mary James


Mary is our Church Secretary and brings a wealth of experience in Personnel Management to the church leadership. She has been a member of Cornerstone Church for many years and currently leads the Open Doors drop-in for older people.


A team of Trustees oversees the practical running of the church.

  • Holloway Avenue
  • Bournemouth
  • Dorset
  • BH11 9JR

01202 578840
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