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OUR HISTORY

 
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1867 - 1868
Enfield Baptist Church was founded with the help from C.H. Spurgeon when services were held in a room over the Rising Sun, Church Street.
 
1870
The Iron Tabernacle, opposite Woolworths.  The first sermon preached here was by C.H. Spurgeon from Romans 1:1.  There were about 30 members, but it grew rapidly from 1870 onwards.  George While was the minister for 43 years from 1870.
 
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1875 - 1925
Membership quickly rose to a peak in 1895 of 274 members.  Enfield was expanding very rapidly at this time. Struggles caused by the First World War affected the church considerably.  Recovery was solid by 1925.
 
1927
The original design was for a church seating of 800, a hall for 500 children and an Institute and Primary School. The population stabilised around 1940, when membership peaked at 400.
 
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2010
A modern church needs a modern building if it is to meet the needs of today's congregations, and as the Millennium approached it became clear that Enfield Baptist Churches premises were going to require extensive repairs and refurbishment to bring them up to date.  The project was divided into a number of phases, with sections of the building being closed off while work took place.  A central reception area was designed that would become a focal point for visitors.  A large, attractive lounge on the ground floor became a popular meeting place, and a newly installed lift provided access to rooms on the upper floors.  There remained one outstanding issue - the auditorium itself.  Extensive consultation with the membership followed and the decision was made to turn the seating around by 180 degrees.  Architects drew up plans; accountants shook their heads.  Finally by God's grace the funds were raised and the plans approved.
 
Throughout the summer of 2010 church services were held in the Upper Hall while the building took place.  Then in October the magnificent new auditorium was opened for worship.  Comfortable seating that can be reorganised into different configurations has replaced the old pews.  New windows, modern lighting and state of the art audio-visual equipment enhance the worship experience.  A new baptistery that is on permanent view reminds us of the central emphasis of a Baptist Fellowship. 

We thank God for His goodness to us and pray that He will guide us as we seek to be worthy stewards of the premises He has provided.
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Hello and welcome to Enfield Baptist Church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

Our Sunday Services start at 10.30am, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to allow time to meet our welcome team and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you will be given a welcome leaflet which gives a brief outline of Enfield Baptist Church, along with a “stay in touch” card, we would encourage you to complete this and hand it back to one of the team.

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Accessibility

There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There are disabled toilets in the main foyer.

Our Service

The main service begins at 10.30am with a warm welcome from our Senior Minister followed by a time of worship.  The children stay with us for the first twenty minutes and then leave for Ablaze, our welcome team will let you know where you child/ren should go. 

 Sunbeams from Newborn to 3 years
 Sparklers age 3 to 5
 Rockets are school years 1 & 2
 Lasers are school years 3 & 4
 Ignitors are school years 5 & 6
 Neon and G:low are school years 7-11.

The service then continues with more worship, prayers and a sermon, all of our recent sermons can be found on the website. 

At the end of the service we have a prayer ministry team who will be happy to pray with you if needed.  Tea, coffee and biscuits are served following the service and we would love you to join us and meet some new people.

There are many other activities happening during the week at EBC, please see details under Church Life. 

We hope that the above answers any questions you may have but should you have further queries then please use the get in touch form below and we will respond to you as soon as we can.

We look forward to welcoming you soon.

 

Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
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Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.
 

Leadership 

Amanda James    
Rev Amanda James    
     
 
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home and welcome at Enfield Baptist Church.