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Built in 1812, High Street Baptist Church, Isleham, was founded on a strong evangelical tradition and was without question used by God for the extension of His Kingdom. Tom and Audrey Chipper were called to lead the church in 1965, initially for five years. Six years later they experienced baptism in the Holy Spirit and began to teach and encourage the church to embrace this teaching and experience. God moved mightily in the ensuing years drawing many people from a wide area to worship in Isleham, including many teenagers with no previous church background. Between 1973 to 1983 the church grew dramatically from a membership of 60 to 297.

In 1981 Elders were appointed to share the responsibility of the leadership. Tom laid down the pastorate in 1986 in order to serve churches in East Anglia while the local church in Isleham continued under the leadership of the Elders. Tom remained a part of the church. In 1996 Paul Hedger, who had by this time served on the Eldership for 15 years, was appointed as Lead Elder. Tom and Audrey then stepped into a new supportive role, remaining within the church. Tom sadly passed away in 2009.

In 2008 planning permission was granted for a new church building. The building has been a self build project using traditional green oak building techniques. The building is awe inspiring and truly beautiful. God continues to provide resources and expertise for its construction.

June 2016 we had our first service in the building as a completed shell. Plenty more to do but it was clear that God was doing something new and something beautiful.

Our history has been blessed and our future is in his everlasting arms.

The Original Chapel

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details here) for our Sunday Service starting at 10am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team who will be wearing a Welcome lanyard.

We serve tea, coffee and biscuits from 10am, before the service begins. It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings. All refreshments are free.

Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There are disabled toilets in the main foyer.

Our Service

The main service begins at 10am with a warm welcome from one of our team members. Then follows a time of sung worship, led by our band. We typically have 2 or 3 songs lasting approximately 20 minutes. Sometimes a person might pray out loud or read a small passage from the bible. Sometimes people share things that they believe God is saying to the whole church family. This might seem strange the first time you hear it but it’s all part of our connecting with God. We then share news and notices, usually about what’s going on in the life of the church. One of our leaders will then give a sermon that is bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We then finish with a final worship song. Sometimes there is an opportunity to receive prayer at the end of the service.

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What about my kids?

We have a great programme lined up for kids of all ages:

  • Creche (0 months to 3 years). Children under 6 months are welcome but must be accompanied by their parent/grown-up at all times.
  • Livewires (3-7 years)
  • Encounter (7-11 years)
  • Katalyst (11-15 years)
  • Young people (15+ years) Stay in service.

Children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service for the welcome, songs and notices. We really value worshipping God all together as a family. At the end of the notices someone will announce that it’s time for the younger members to go to their various groups. You will need to go with your children to their groups and register them as part of our child safety policy. Whilst you are dropping your kids off at their groups, we pause to take time to chat to someone sitting near or next to us, giving folk a chance to come back before the sermon begins.

The kids group activities vary depending on the age but usually there is a friendly welcome, bible stories, testimonies, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games and free play. Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.

Children

Getting Connected


Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. Check out Small Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. 

Other Ministries

We also run the following ministries:

  • Men's Ministries
  • Women's Ministries
  • Night Shelter
  • Foodbank
     
Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
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We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

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