Sometimes it takes a while for dreams to be fulfilled! 54 years ago St Mary’s Baptist Church planted a new congregation in Norwich. Last weekend a celebration took place of the completion of the building development of Witard Road Baptist Church.
In 1959 the church plant on the corner of Witard Road and Plumstead Road was named it the ‘JH Shakespeare Memorial Baptist Church’. It was a multi-purpose building, but always with the dream of developing the whole site into a suite of premises that could be used to extend God’s Kingdom.
Now known as ‘Witard Road Baptist Church’ (WRBC), the congregation celebrated last weekend the ‘almost’ completion of the final phase of the development of their buildings. This building has been built with the generous giving of the growing congregation.
There was much excitement and gratitude to God as special guest Richard Lewis
, Regional Minister for the Northern Sector of the Eastern Baptist Association cut the red ribbon and dedicated the buildings for the Lord’s work in the community.
Pastor David Adams
said, “This opening is in one sense, the end of one stage of development and the beginning of a new phase. God’s Kingdom does not rest in bricks and mortar and the challenge continues for the church to build the ‘spiritual house’ in continuing to see lives transformed and ministries released.”
The Saturday evening included worship with Luke Hamlyn
, an itinerant worship leader, facilitator, and musician living in Greater London. He has been involved with many different services, events, and conferences across the UK; working with a wide range of churches and organisations. Luke has a heart to serve and resource the church, engage with people and encourage them in their journey with God. He is also involved in training, mentoring, songwriting and recording.
Also taking part in the weekend’s events were Saltmine Theatre Company
who entertained and caused everyone to think, with their amazing drama sketches. They passionately believe in the power of theatre to enhance lives. Through their productions, people from all ages and backgrounds can experience something different and be changed for the better. The Company has been touring professionally in theatres, schools and churches across the UK since it was established in 1985.
The weekend of celebrations concluded with a service on the Sunday evening to which all the local churches of the Thorpe & Heartsease Christian Forum were invited, together with the other Norwich Baptist Churches.
Pictured above: Richard Lewis cutting the ribbon, Pastor David Adams and the church complex at Witard Road