Lechlade Baptist Church celebrates 200 years
The fellowship at Lechlade have invited us to their 200th Anniversary Exhibition and Service:
To celebrate the Bicentenary of Lechlade Baptist church an Exhibition will be held on the 15th, 16th, and 17th May from 10: 00 am – 4: 00 pm in the Church. There will also be a special service in the church on 20th May at 2:00 pm when the speaker will be the Reverend Nigel Coles, Baptist Regional Minister for the West of England. This will be followed by a tea in the Pavilion.
There will be a book for everyone to sign who attends the service and exhibition and this will eventually be entered into our archive. There will be various historical church artefacts and documentation on display including the original Church Records Book 1821-1996 which has been brought from the Gloucester Archives.
A special Bicentenary banner has been created by members and friends of the church depicting aspects of the Church’s history, Christian symbols and scenes from the Bible.
The church was built by William Fox in 1817 as a prayer house and opened as a church in 1821 with six people attending. William Fox was a close friend of Robert Raikes, well known for founding the Sunday School Movement. What is not so well known is that William Fox was the founder the Sunday School Society which arguably had an even greater impact world-wide. He was also the first Treasurer of the Baptist Home Missionary Society (the earliest forerunner of Home Mission).