Burgh Baptist Press Reception
Friday 22nd January 2016
Burgh Baptist Church gave a press reception on Friday 22nd January to outline their proposed new extension. Pastor Colin Bowden conducted the presentation giving a potted history of the church - the current building was built in 1836 but has been a Baptist site for 400years. The congregation has grown from just 12 when Colin first
became the Baptist Pastor in 2002 to its current number of 80 - ages ranges from toddlers to 80's; and from being open just on Sundays is now open 7 days a week for community activities ...
Monday CAMEO (Come and Meet Each Other) for afternoon tea (as featured in the collage photograph)
Tuesday Kings Club for children
Wednesday Phoenix - Bereavement Support Group , Line Dancing,
Thursday Little Treasures Toddler group
Friday Parish Nursing Surgery
Saturday Men's Big Breakfast , Ladies Light Lunch and other community based events.
Sunday a.m. Morning SDervice - includes Sunday Club for children Sunday p.m. Sunday Night Live, Reflective Communion, Healing Service, Worship jamming session etc.
Also Free Debt Advice Centre , Drama Group and Choir.
The new project has encountered a few obstacles such as Car Parking issues and the removal of trees with preservation orders but on a positive note the plans have been well received by the church's neighbours. The estimated cost of the project is in the region of £450,000 with current funds of £255000 the remainder will come from pledges from people at the Church and loans from the Baptist Buuilding Fund. The new building will incorporate a dedicated Worship area for 150 people on the first floor, a conference room facility, a new Hospitality Area and a new Purpose Built Kitchen with an office for the Parish Nurse and Debt Advice Centre, improved Admin office, improved toilet facilities and a new Hall with improved facilities for weekly Ministries. In the new extension there will be provision for a purpose built office for the Town Clerk with a DDA compliant access, the Town Council
will also have access to Conference Room facilities.
The Baptist's aim is to deliver a one stop shop at the hub of the community. The building is geographically at the centre of Burgh and the extension will enhance and extend this centrality to other aspects of community life.
The community will benefit from increased facilities. The work is aiming to be started in July which will then take 9 months through to completion. During that time the Methodist Church and Burgh School have kindly agreed the use of their premises during the week and on a Sunday.
Burgh Baptist Community Church Alive and Growing - Growing together in the Community and Delivering 21st Century Church in and for the community in the name of Jesus.