Pat Took at Didsbury Baptist Church

We are greatly looking forward to the visit of Pat Took to DBC tomorrow. Pat is President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain 2011-12 and former Regional Minister of the London Baptist Association. She will be speaking at two events as part of the week-long celebration of the opening of our newly refurbished building.

First, Pat will address a luncheon meeting for ministers, clergy and church leaders. This will take place from 12 noon – if you would like to attend, please drop me a line at

In the evening, Pat will speak at an evening celebration to which all are welcome. If you would like to attend, just turn up for 7.30; we would be very pleased to see you.

Continuing Celebrations

Our Grand Opening Celebrations began on Saturday and will continue for slightly more than a week. We enjoyed a great day on Saturday. Perhaps as many as three hundred people joined with us at some part of the day.

We began with an open house in the morning, serving tea and coffee. Our structured events began with the ribbon-cutting at 2.30pm. Joan Coupe, our longest serving active church member who at 94 continues to be as engaged in the life of the church community as ever, did the honours. Send me you pictures and I’ll post one here.

I led the service of dedication so it is not really my place to say it was good but it certainly seemed well-received. There were numerous highlights for me. The  children’s music group performed and led us in ‘Sing with joy to the God of all creation’; the children were great! For me, every aspect of the service was meaningful and I was delighted by the support we received from friends from all walks of life. Thanks to all of you who came along. We were honoured by your presence and it would not have been the same without you! The day was brought to a close with a  music concert. After a busy day, it was a great joy (for me) to sit back, relax and enjoy an excellent event.

I am grateful to God for our new building. I am impressed by all the changes and additions but what matters most is that an accessible, functional building is now available to us. I hope it will be a place where God is encountered. I hope it will become a vibrant centre for worship, ministry and mission.

We are open all this week in the mornings if you’d like to drop by for coffee. On Wednesday, Pat Took will be with us. I’ll say more about that in my next post.

Grand opening of our newly refurbished church building

After years of fund-raising and planning and after seven months of holding our church services at Beaver Road Primary School, we are delighted to be back in our own building. Our century-old church building (built in 1900 actually) has been renovated and extended. It now has a new main entrance and foyer on School Lane. New rooms include an office, a small meeting room, kitchen and toilets. The sanctuary has been completely refurbished and new windows are currently being installed. The ground floor is entirely accessible throughout. Extensive renovations have also been made to the Beaver Road entrance, foyer and hallway. The Marion Scott Playgroup and Beaver Road PlayStation are now fully operational at the Beaver Road end of the building and other community groups have now resumed their evening activities in the upstairs hall.

Celebrations to mark the opening of our newly refurbished building will take place from Saturday 14 January 2012. These will include:

Saturday 14 January
2.30pm Ribbon cutting
3.00pm Service of Dedication and Thanksgiving
7.30pm Celebration Concert

Monday 16 – Saturday 21 January
Open Week
10 am – 12 noon
display exhibition
tea and coffee served

Wednesday 18 January
Visit of Pat Took (President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain)
12 noon Meeting for ministers and clergy
7.30pm Evening Celebration

Tuesday 24 January
7.30 pm Convivia in Concert

If you can make any of these events, we’d be delighted to see you.

Building Progress

Work on our church building is now clearly underway. The following slides show progress through week one (thanks to Steve for the photos).

The builders are in

It may not mean much to the rest of the world but for us at DBC it is a very welcome sight to see the scaffolding go up and the work begin.

Creator God,
by whom every good thing has its beginning;
‘by your wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established’.
Let the building work, which we are beginning today, be happily brought to completion.
Protect all who work on this site and bless the work of their hands that the work of community building might resume and grow here for many years to come.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Easter Happenings

As we continue to celebrate the Season of Easter at Didsbury Baptist Church, we are anticipating a number of key events and happenings in our life together:

Three of our members will be attending the Baptist Assembly this weekend. This will be held in Blackpool and it begins today. You can learn more about it by clicking here.

After that we will be preparing, as a congregation, for the start of building work that we believe will greatly improve our capacity for ministry and mission in our community. We are about to make final decisions on appointing a builder, closing and clearing our sanctuary, and relocating our Sunday services while the work is carried out. More here when final decisions are made!

There will be a final concert in our sanctuary (as it is currently configured) on Saturday 7 May at 7.30 p.m. The twenty five piece band Swingin Affair will perform. Tickets are £6 and £4 concessions and proceeds will be divided between Francis House Children’s Hospice and our building project.

Christian Aid Week will also take place during the Easter Season (15-21 May) and we, along with Christians of all denominations,  are preparing for it now. Churches working Together in Didsbury will hold a special service to launch Christian Aid Week in our area. This will be held at East Didsbury Methodist Church on Sunday 15 May at 6.30 p.m.

Thank you Scott!

Model of DBCIf you have ever been to Didsbury Baptist Church and if you know anything at all about our building project, you just have to see the work of Scott Miller! I have never met Scott (though I hope in the New Year to do so). A third-year BA (Hons) student in Modelmaking at the Arts University College in Bournemouth, Scott has (almost) completed a 1:100 scale model of the proposed developments for our church building.

OK, I know nothing about model-making but to my mind Scott has done an outstanding job of representing our building as we hope it will soon become. He has documented his creative journey on his blog at If you take a look, you’ll find some exquisite pictures of the (more-or-less) finished product. But don’t stop there; read Scott’s archives and follow the process from beginning to end. Scott’s journey is fascinating and the model, brilliant!

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