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Selsdon Baptist Church Blog


Learn about the life of our church from the things we've done, and from our thoughts on various topics. Articles represent the author's
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Give God Glory -  25 Years 

We celebrate 25 years since the opening of the SBC Halls in February 1996.

Newly completed Selsdon Baptist Halls in 1996
Our newly built halls in 1996

Reflect on some of the remarkable stepping stones on the path on which God led us at that time.

  • In 1989 the church appointed a committee to look at ways of replacing the dilapidated buildings to the rear of the sanctuary. The rooms, passageways, stairs and halls had been built between the wars.
  • Outline proposals from the committee were presented to the church and agreed in 1989 with an estimated cost of £600k.
  • The church responded enthusiastically at an autumn Gift Day by raising £114k + tax refunds and this was taken as a sign of God’s approval.
  • During the following three years there was a setback when sadly our architect died, there was a national slump and the building industry declined. A new architect was appointed, our building fund benefitted from very high investment interest rates and the church organised events such as a flower display to raise funds and interest outsiders. (During this time, we also bought 153 Addington Road).
  • The government changed the VAT laws releasing the need for us to pay VAT. As a result of that we were able to include full reconstruction of the main hall in the work.
  • We went to tender in 1994, appointed Durtnells as the contractor and work started on site early in 1995. Summer that year was very dry and work proceeded at a pace. The Building Fund continued to grow, both on account of giving and the prevailing high interest rates.
  • The construction was completed early in 1996 and the Halls were opened in February that year with a Service of Thanksgiving.
  • The project was completed within the original budget of £600k and the church did not have to borrow any of that money.
  • The Building Committee which comprised church members otherwise engaged in building, finance, security etc. were enabled to see the project through from start to the finish by the grace of God 
Brian Reeves, 06/03/2021

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