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The current position

Where are we now?

Cowl Street building

Evesham Baptist Church (EBC) is a church with nearly a 300-year history that currently meets at Cowl Street, Evesham. We would love to meet with you there.

Future building plans

During June 2021, EBC completed the sale of a share of the land bequeathed to it in 2005 enabling it to move forward with its long-term plan for a church and community building on the remainder of the site at Offenham Road, near to the Orchards Estate.

Where do we want to be?

New Offenham Road facility

We believe that Evesham Baptist Church is NOT just a building! We are a community of Christians in Evesham and its surrounding area, seeking to follow Jesus Christ and obey His teaching to love our neighbours. He loved and served all with compassion, responding to needs and rejecting no-one, regardless of their response to Him. We want our new home to be a place of welcome in His name, a place to meet, a place to find good friends and good things, a place to find peace and safety.

We recognise that building schedules do not necessarily always go to plan, but our hope is that building will commence in 2022 and we be able to welcome you to our new building at some point in 2023.

The whole facility is approximately 750 square metres, designed and constructed to public building standards. Audiovisual and WiFi connections will be standard throughout and energy installations will be to at least the latest design requirements. The surrounding area to the front will be open and landscaped, with secure garden areas behind the church for use by children and other groups. You can see a plan view of the current design here and a graphic of the elevation views.

Who do we want to be there?

Our church family

The new building will be where the church community lives, worships, works, socialises and plays. Everyone is welcome to join in these activities. Our plans show a clear view into an airy gathering space which leads into the main worship space/auditorium. We hope that this aspect of our design underpins our open welcome to all.

Our community

We hope to have a café space within the building that people in our community could use on a casual basis.

In addition, our facilities will be available for regular or occasional hire and we invite local groups to talk to us, even if they are not yet formed, about how we may be able to host them from some point in 2023. We want our community to know this building is a place they can use.

Our hire rates will be reasonable, non-profit based, and likely to be lower the more who take them up.

We imagine our facilities might be suitable for many groups including, but not restricted to:

  • Children’s groups, such as scouts, guides, cubs, brownies, beavers, rainbows, cadets, baby and toddler groups, some sports groups, homework and after-school clubs.
  • Craft groups, such as knitting circles or artists’ groups.
  • Music groups, such as choirs, bands or orchestras.
  • Interest groups, such as local history, drama, U3A activities, Civic Society.
  • Support groups, such as slimming clubs, mental health drop-ins, Citizens Advice, Age Concern Outreach, other support groups and as a safe place for Voluntary and Public Sector agencies to meet clients.
  • Sports groups, especially informal social groups such as Pilates, yoga or table tennis.
  • Companies, charities, churches and other non-profit groups, for meetings and conferences or prayer meetings/events in our dedicated prayer room.
  • Families and friendship groups, for personal events, such as wedding receptions and parties

If you are dreaming about a group or event not covered by our list, don’t be afraid to talk to us about it. We have no wish to be exclusive. Get in touch! There’s a contact form below.

How the facilities fit with these dreams

Please take a moment to look at our plans, both the layout and the elevation views.

If you do not have time to review our plans, here is a summary of the facilities our new building is likely to offer from some point in 2023:

  • Café area with supporting, well-equipped kitchen.
  • Large auditorium for worship which will be equally suitable for concerts or conferences (seating for about 170).
  • Circular prayer room generally available for private prayer or for small gatherings.
  • A flexible suite of rooms catering for meetings, activities, children’s and youth groups, games, conferences, meals and events, seating 30 to 120 (meals) or 180 (conference seating).
  • Exterior soft play area for under 5s, a quiet, secure garden and outdoor informal gathering area.
  • ‘Changing Places’ facility providing the ultimate in disabled support with equipment for unaided use by disabled adults and children as well as a general shower facility.
  • Minister’s/Private consulting room and Administrative office.

We welcome feedback about our plans and/or any interest you have in using our facilities in the future via our contact form below.

Who do we have to thank?

Our God

In all things, we give thanks to God, whose hand we believe supports and guides us in all circumstances.

‘Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.’

Psalm 107 v1

Our benefactor

We give thanks for our original benefactor, whose legacy has contributed both our site and half the cost of our planned build.

Members and friends of Evesham Baptist Church

Nearly a third of the build cost has been contributed or promised by our members and friends. We are grateful for everyone’s generosity and part in our building process.

Grant givers

We are continuing to apply to our local authorities and grant making trusts to ensure that we can contend with any cost increases and equip the building well for a large range of uses. We have already received grants from

  • AllChurches Trust
  • Wychavon District Council
  • Evesham Town Council

We are grateful for their partnership in our endeavours. We hope that they and others will support with further funding drawn from their current budgets to help meet the rapidly evolving needs of the Evesham and district community.

Future givers

We would also welcome approaches from members of the public and businesses in the area who would like to partner with us in this long-term investment for the benefit of every aspect of life in Evesham. Do please get in touch using the contact form below.

Conclusion

Thank you for taking the time to read about where we are in our building process. Do not hesitate to contact us if you would be interested in discussing your plans or interacting with Evesham Baptist Church in any of the ways mentioned here. Watch this space for more pictures as we finalise the designs, and other news over the coming months.

Please write your message or query here. Do make sure you include your phone number if you would like us to call you.

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