We are an outward-facing church taking a prominent place in Bluntisham and have had a significant impact on the wider community. History shows that since 1787, different generations attending Bluntisham Baptist Church have developed the buildings in response to the needs of the times. (You can read about our history here). The only main building work carried out recently on the main Church was in the 1950s’ and that was the addition of a toilet block to the rear of the vestry. Over the years several areas of both the church and the church hall have been identified as being in need of repairs and refurbishment.
Little has been done since then despite there being the desire to so. However, following the successful renovation of the nearby Church Hall in 2010, and the positivity that has generated, plans have now been formulated focusing attention on the main Church to update and protect it in the same way.
Facilities in the main Church have now become outdated and the result is that we are now living with a building that is no longer fit for purpose and as a consequence is closed most of the time.
The Church Deacons and the members have a responsibility to ensure that the fabric of the Grade 2 listed Church is best protected but is also best equipped both now and for future generations. Mission should survive and thrive and we, in this generation, are willing to invest in the future of the Church.
In 2017 the “Next Steps” team was formed and it started by asking the church two questions:
- What do you want the building to say when people come into that space?
- What do you think the building is for?
All of this process was grounded in prayer and as a result the Vision Statement was created:
‘Next Steps’ Vision Statement for the Church Building
Our vision is for an attractive, God-centred church building that it is primarily a place of worship – an inviting place to meet with God and with each other.
Our vision is for a building that is accessible to everyone and is welcoming, warm, comfortable and safe.
Our vision is for the building to be updated to modern standards and be equipped for the future, while remaining sympathetic to its history.
This vision was also illustrated by a church member while on a church weekend away, and has been recently summarised in the words of one of our Deacons:
“I firmly believe that our vision of a new
building is a vehicle to sharing the gospel
with more confidence & frequency & seeing
lost people come into a full relationship
with our living God”.