Church opens its doors to public

Oxford Road Baptist Church held a 'Come and See' event to give people a chance to see the cghurch's range of activities. Pictured are Pastor Richard Hetherington and church leader and event organiser Julie Wass.
Oxford Road Baptist Church held a 'Come and See' event to give people a chance to see the cghurch's range of activities. Pictured are Pastor Richard Hetherington and church leader and event organiser Julie Wass.

A BAPTIST church opened its doors at the weekend to give residents the chance to see all that goes on inside.

The current Oxford Road Baptist Church building, in Hartlepool, first opened its doors way back in 1914 and church leaders say they were conscious some people will have only ever seen the outside of the building.

As a result they organised the Come and See event to encourage people to pop in.

The church held the event on Saturday and Sunday.

On the Saturday, there was displays, crafts, demonstrations with refreshments and on the Sunday, the church hosted a special series of ‘Come and See’ services.

At 10.45am there was a family service, complete with creche for the little ones, and then in the afternoon there was a ‘Come 4 Tea’ service, which included personal faith stories by some of the congregation.

Independent councillor John Lauderdale, who represents the Burn Valley ward, said: “Oxford Road Baptists have been around for a long time and the present building opened in 1914.

“We were aware that many people have only ever seen the outside of the building and are unaware of what we offer so we had an open day.

“People have passed the church everyday and are not aware of what we at Oxford Road offer and believe.”

Coun Lauderdale is also chairman of Oxford Road Residents’ Association and is on the management committee of the ORB Resource Centre.