Building and Refurbishment Project
Building for the Future
Princes Risborough Baptist Church has completed an exciting and challenging Building and Refurbishment Project.
We have an extensive suite of buildings on our site off Bell Street including our main worship area and two sizeable halls.
All are in regular use each week.
The passage of time and changing patterns of church life meant we have needed to make alterations to our buildings so that they best serve our needs in the twenty first century.
We have refurbished the main worship area, including replacing the fixed pews with moveable chairs and installing a new audio visual system. We have wanted to create a space which will be attractive, comfortable and flexible for our Sunday Services and other activities.
We also have new toilets including a facility for those who are disabled.
We are grateful to our architect, Neil Barr of D L K Architects, and our contractor, Gullett and Sons of Chesham for all the work they have done on our behalf.
We believe that this Building and Refurbishment Project will help us to fulfill our Core Values and Mission Statement more effectively.
In particular we long to reach out to Princes Risborough and beyond with the Good News of the message of Jesus.
In addition we want to have premises which will continue to be attractive to different community groups and organisations. Indeed these were our reasons for embarking on this scheme.
During the refurbishment work the congregation went 'into exile' in the Lower Hall. This was from the middle of August 2013. We were able to return to the church for the first time during Holy Week 2014 and our first service was on Good Friday when we shared morning worship with our friends from the Methodist Church.
Thanksgiving and Dedication Service
Almost 200 people came to join us for our Thanksgiving and Dedication Service on Saturday May 24th, including our Town Mayor, Councillor Alan Turner, representatives of other local churches and many former members of our own fellowship, including previous Pastors, Revd David Hughes and Revd Adrian Redfearn.
The service was led by Richard Allwood and Revd Stephen Copson made a statement on behalf of the Baptist Union Corporation and the Central Baptist Association.
The Bible Reading was given by Philip Wright, Chair of the Building Project Committee.
David Hughes played the Memorial Organ which has been restored.
We enjoyed wonderful fellowship afterwards during a delicious buffet tea.
The focal point of the Thanksgiving and Dedication Service was a series of dramatic sketches written by Dr Anthony Knight, entitled 'Voices from the Past, Words for Today.' Six characters from the church's past 're-appeared' to share the story of God's faithfulness to the church over 300 years. Each concluded with an exhortation for us to show faith and commitment to this faithful God for the present and the future.
From left to right:
William Cork and his mother, Jane, our earliest benefactors in 1707
John Webb a church member in 1797 when the church made a new beginning after being closed for a short time.
James Crook, killed in action during the Great War and remembered on our Memorial Organ.
Thomas Cartwright a wealthy paper merchant who was our benefactor in 1745.
Jethro Diggerswell, a local (fictitious) labourer - but someone must have dug the well in 1707!
Old Well: New Springs
The Old Well which fed the original baptistery has been retained as a feature of the renovations. We believe this reminds us of all God has done for this church in the past; but encourages us to trust in him to bless us in new and fresh ways in the future.
Jesus said: 'Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.' John 4 v 13.
But let's not forget how it was .....