Last service at Fakenham Baptist Community Church
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Baptists first worshipped on the Mill Court site in 1801.
Now the congregation is moving into a new church which will be built in Hawthorne Road, near the Fakenham Medical Centre.
Over the next few months, services will be held at the Fakenham College Conference Hall, on Wells Road, each Sunday (10.30am).
Some 150 people came together for the final service including some from the church’s past, including the Rev Clive Jarvis, who was its minister in the 1990s, with his wife Carol, the Rev Peter Lane, minister in the 1980s, along with the current Pastor Rev Bob McKay.
Greetings were also received from the Rev Cedric Parsons, who served in the 1970s, and a video message from Rev Alan Nelson (2000s).
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After the service, the congregation drove to the new site and made a symbolic cairn of stones, decorated by young members. Then most of the 150 people moved on to the Conference Hall for a ploughman’s lunch and cake prepared by church members.
Pastor Bob McKay said: “Our Church family ranges from babies to 95 year olds but over the last few years we have seen a big increase in families, with up to 50 children attending, and it has become increasingly more difficult to accommodate everybody in our present building.
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“We are excited to be moving to new building which will give us much more space for ourselves and also to serve our community of Fakenham and the 30 villages we come from.”