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Our site was given to Baptists in Northampton by the developer of this area in the 1920's so that there could be a Christian presence on the then newly built estate in the area between Kettering Road and Eastfield Park.  The vision, then, as now, was to reach the local community with the message and love of Christ.  The vision was for a large church building which would have extended across the grass area to Park Avenue North, in fact in some of the documents from the 1920's when it was called 'Park Avenue Baptist Church'.  The picture above shows what the church building might have looked like.

Over many years the church has continued to seek to be a Christian presence in this community and offer help and support for all who wish to receive it with the aim of improving the spiritual and social wellbeing of those living within this community.

Today, we are a lively and relaxed church with nearly 250 attending our Sunday Gatherings with a real mixture of people which means that we benefit from a wide range of experiences and cultures. As well as gathering together on a Sunday we have a large number of activities throughout the week which serves the local community with our desire to express the love of Jesus to many people in words and action.

To do this we offer many activities and services so that multiple entry points are created so that those who access one aspect of church life stay for the variety of others on offer which will benefit them.

Our current priority areas are as follows

  • To offer services that will benefit the community that surrounds us.
  • To develop new services to meet the needs identified in our community survey.
  • To be a welcoming community where people of faith or no faith feel accepted, included and comfortable to belong.
  • Develop more congregations to offer greater accessibility and different styles of worshipping together.

We continue today to seek to be culturally relevant while being true to the life and example of Jesus. We have chosen for our theme this year (2017) 'WALK' which expresses our desire as a church to walk together with Christ towards the next chapter in the story of the church.

The next chapter began in July 2017 when we moved out of our current building so that demolition could begin ready to start work on the new Broadmead Centre which will open towards the end of 2018. This is an incredibly exciting development which will enable the church to continue to fulfil their vision of being a Christian presence in the community. However, now they are able to offer so much more in purpose built facilities that we believe will serve us and the community for many decades to come.

 


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