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Bi-Centenary Celebrations: 1813 - 2013
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During the weekend of 15th – 16th June Polesworth Baptist Church celebrated is foundation in 1813. Baptist Christians were meeting for worship from the early 19th Century, but the first written record recorded that the church was formally founded in June 1813. In the early years the congregation met in Harvey’s Barn which was located in the region of Potters Lane and Common Lane. To put this date in historical context - King George 111 was monarch; Jane Austin’s novel “Pride and Prejudice” was published and the Napoleonic wars were being fought. The present Church building was erected in 1829.

The weekend started with a prayer breakfast on Saturday morning followed by a talk “The story behind the founding of the Baptist Church in Polesworth in the early 19th century”, given by Margaret Henley who had had undertaken much of the research into the history of the church. She made the talk come alive by introducing some of the early Baptists who were responsible for purchasing the land and erecting the present Church building. The grave stones of some of these founders can still be seen in the church graveyard today.

The afternoon was one of jubilant celebration led by many friends of the church who originate from Southern Africa. Those present were entertained and inspired by their joyful and colourful singing of traditional and modern songs often, often in the languages of the African continent. The first day ended with a service of celebration will be led by the minister. The guest speakers were our former minster, Rev Paul Rendle and his wife Hazel.

The Minister with
Rev Paul Rendle
The Minister with
Rev Peter Norris
The Sunday began with a service in the style of 1813. The service included hymns popular at the time. The Rev Steve Wallis, present minster, read a sermon originally preached by Christmas Evens, a famous Welsh Baptist Minister of the early 19th century. Many people attended in period dress similar to that which would have been in fashion at the time. The lunch that followed included foods that would have been popular in 1813 and after lunch the children had the opportunity to play period games.

The festivities ended during the afternoon with a final service of celebration led again by the minister. The special guest was another former minister, Rev Peter Norris. Peter who came with his wife Hilary, not only shared from his time at Polesworth, but also challenged the church to maintain its’ witness for Christ for the next 200 years or until he returns

Polesworth Baptist Church
The Gullet, Polesworth, Warwickshire, B78 1HH
Telephone The Minister: 01827 912821
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