History of the Church
During the summer of 2007 it became clear to several Christians worshipping in the Sidcup area that there was a need for a Reformed Baptist Church in the area. Following a time of reflection, prayerful consideration, and discussion with other like-minded local Christians, it was decided that we should rise to the challenge and take positive steps to form a new church.
The first meeting, which included a Communion service, took place on the evening of Sunday 5th August 2007 in the Lamorbey Residents’ Association Pavilion making use of some equipment that had been loaned to us by other local churches that were supportive of this venture.
On 7th August 2007, a meeting seven of the men, present at the inaugural meeting on the previous Sunday evening, was held and it was agreed that formal steps should now be taken towards the proper formation and establishment of a church. The name“Sidcup Free Grace Baptist Church” was adopted at this meeting.
The regular use of the Lamorbey Residents’ Association Pavilion was secured and by the middle of September 2007 meetings were being held there twice on Sundays with a midweek Bible study and Prayer meeting being held on Wednesday evenings.
A youth work (Boys Brigade and a Girls Association) was started early in 2008. in 2021 the linkage to the Boys Brigade ceased although the work continued as a Church based youth group.
In 2011 the church issued a call to Pastor Mark Gladwell who commenced his ministry with us on the 1st of June 2011 but who sadly retired from full time ministry in March 2019.
At the current point in time the Church is being well served by itinerant ministry whilst waiting on the Lord once again for his provision.
All of the material and financial needs have been more than met by the freewill offerings and donations of the Lord’s people, and we give thanks to God for His abundant provision for the ongoing work of Sidcup Free Grace Baptist Church.