Stalham Baptist Church is a popular place of worship that has strong links with the local community and surrounding villages, giving a warm welcome to everyone. Apart from 'The Sanctuary' ( where our Sunday morning service takes place) we have 2 other buildings on the site. These are 'The Stables' and 'The School Room'
The church buildings are used every day of the week for events such as Table Tennis, Coffee and Chat and it is also the Stalham hub for Foodbank and Stalham Community Fridge. The last 3 are hosted in 'The Stables' which although part of our church buildings is not part of the refurbishment project.
Prior to lockdown the small kitchen in 'The Stables' also supported the lunch club and this could be much improved with a larger kitchen adjacent to the School Room and using that larger space to accommodate many more people.
We care very much about the whole person, socially, physically, and spiritually and are keen to make a space for all members of the community, whatever their age!
Our premises also provide a cost-effective place for people/organisations from the wider community to hire, for example, private parties, weddings, funerals, craft fairs and various recreational activities and music events.
Our Annual Holiday Club week is full of activities and games plus a BBQ on Stalham recreational ground on the last day, enjoyed by youngsters, parents and carers.
Youngsters having more fun and being creative!
It has now become necessary to modernise and update some of our facilities to bring them up to an acceptable standard and provide a safe environment where many more activities can take place for the outreach of the church and the benefit of the community. Our vision is to provide a building that is inclusive for the whole community and ‘fit for purpose’ for generations to come. We have plans passed for the total refurbishment of the Schoolroom (a large hall), a new kitchen, and unisex/disabled toilets inside the building to add to the ones we already have outside. We already have some funding in place but we need much more! this gives you the chance to contribute to 'Our Space' , benefitting you, your family, the Stalham community and beyond.
An Inclusive Space
These are just some of the ideas we have for using 'Our Space'. Some we already do, some had to cease due to lock down and some are new. But the list is not exhaustive!
- Increased numbers for lunch club
- After School Club
- Mother and Toddlers Group
- Youth Pop Up Café
- Dementia Group
- Table Tennis
- Coffee & Chat
- Computer Access for job searching and applying for benefits ( all with a free cup of tea or coffee)
- Evening activities such as quiz nights, films, music nights and skill improvement courses?
- Afternoon get togethers such as knit and natter and other craft skills.
We know that in todays uncertain climate that not everyone has extra money available. But you could still help by sharing this on your media platforms. And we do need volunteers to get many of these things off the ground. Its an exciting opportunity for Stalham- and you could be part of it!