Our history

A very brief history is shown below, but you can download a booklet produced for our bicentenary in 2009 containing a more detailed history of the first 100 years of the life of the church using this link:

The First One Hundred Years – 1809-1909

1809

Eleven men and women met together and agreed to form a church on Baptistic Principles and accept as their basis of the faith the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith. They also agreed to call John Morris to be their first Pastor.

1817

A plot of land on the north east corner of the crossroads between Maidstone Road and the High Street was purchased for £27-10s and a small chapel was erected there.

1857

The membership had risen to over 100 and the chapel was redesigned and extended. A front porch, new galleries and a rear Sunday School room were built.

1890

The growing Sunday School led to a need for more room and the upstairs school room was built.

1907

The church joined the Metropolitan Association of Strict Baptist Churches (now known as the Association of Grace Baptist Churches South East). The Pastor at this time was Mr. Bull and the membership stood at 55, with 136 children and 15 teachers in the Sunday School.

1980

Our previous Pastor, Mr. Eddie Porter, was appointed.

2001

Mr Porter retired in September.

2002

Modern kitchen and toilets were put in and an extension was built.

2003

The current Pastor, Timothy Reynolds, was received into the church with his wife Marjolein in April.

2009

The church celebrates its 200th anniversary.