Breaking New Ground

On Thursday this week we had the official Ground Breaking ceremony for our new Welcome Church building. Exciting times!

Mike Deavin (our Chair of Trustees), David Maskell (a fellow church elder and member of the Buildings Team) and myself (the new boy) each had a turn digging with a shiny new spade.

It was hard work so we soon gave up and drank champagne instead, letting the professionals get on with the job (not entirely sure what our Baptist forebears would say to that …)

Mike gave a short speech to remind us of the buildings journey we’ve taken as a church to arrive at this point. He and others have been working towards this for over twenty years now, so this is a significant moment for the Buildings Team.



I’m pleased to say that the building work is now well underway. The old houses are quickly being demolished, and the site should be fully cleared and ready for excavation to begin by the end of January. Soon enough, something new and exciting will start to emerge from the rubble of our site.


Don’t forget that we are still raising the last bit of money that will allow us to complete all the work we want to do, and we have £140,000 still to go (having already raised £1.86m).

You don’t have to wait for a special gift day to contribute. 😉


Let’s all be praying for the work to go well with no delays, problems or accidents. I’m praying for three P’s:

  • Provision
  • Protection and
  • Progress

And here are some photos to show you what the site looks like right now. Enjoy:


2 thoughts on “Breaking New Ground

    On 3 October 1879 it was agreed to purchase a small piece of land in Goldsworth Road [only a few hundred metres from where the Welcome Centre now stands] and build a small building, with room for expansion in the future… Two weeks later permission to go ahead with the building was obtained. The initial cost for the work was estimated to be around £300. Members of Addlestone Baptist Church agreed to contribute £100 and new members from Woking £100. By 10 February 1880 Rev Samuel and Edward William Tarbox [the Steve Petch and David Maskell of their day] laid the memorial stones in the partially erected building and on 15 March the building was formerly opened for public services with an afternoon prayer and praise meeting, followed by a tea and public worship in the evening [no mention of Champaign, I’m afraid].

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