300 year-old Church will move to a New Church and Community Centre within two years.
We began with all the problems of an old building and nowhere to grow. Now, around twenty years later, we have a new site on Offenham Road, about 2,500 new neighbours on the Orchards and other nearby estates, enough money to proceed with building – possibly starting during 2021 – and the support of the Wychavon planning committee, Evesham Town Council and a great many people in the town. As a fellowship of Christians we thank God for His provision which began to emerge when an elderly lady, who left Evesham a long time ago, left us around 4.5 acres of horticultural land in her will. You can read more of that story in the History link.
There were no estates then but we are convinced that God knew and wants us to share what we have been given with our neighbours and our town. The new building will be a home for the church but we want it to be a home for the community and our neighbours too. Like us, residents of the Orchards, Alderton Lodge, Lavender Fields and Cotswold Rise estates, as well as the many older properties in this part of town, have had to head into town to other old facilities to meet with one another, to house their organisations and leisure activities and share a coffee. Our aim is to welcome you to an alternative, modern, well-equipped, flexible suite of rooms from café, to small meeting rooms, spaces for children’s and family events, conferences and concerts, close to where you live.
There will be quiet spaces too and pleasant green surroundings, and we hope you will join us for times of worship and reflection as we aim to set the tone for Evesham’s build better era.
Thank you to all who have supported us so far through the Planning phase and the recent funding campaign for our Changing Places scheme. We have now added to that £40,000 expected from Wychavon, a grant of £58,000 from Ecclesiastical Insurance’s AllChurches Trust, and the almost £1 million donated or pledged since 2009 by members and friends of Evesham Baptist Church. Watch this space for more pictures as we finalise the designs, and other news over the coming months, or contact Deacons@EveshamBaptist.org if you think your plans and hopes might benefit from ours.