A BAPTIST church is to open its doors for the weekend to give residents the chance to see all that goes on inside.
The current Oxford Road Baptist Church building, in Hartlepool, opened its doors way back in 1914 and church leaders say they are conscious that some people will have only ever seen the outside of the building.
As a result they have organised an event to encourage people to pop in.
Later this month, the church is to hold a “Come and See” event on the weekend of Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22.
On the Saturday, from 10am until noon, there will be displays, crafts, demonstrations with refreshments and a really warm welcome to all visitors.
Then, on the Sunday, the church is hosting a special series of ‘Come and See’ services.
At 10.45am there will be a family service, complete with creche for the little ones, and then in the afternoon there is a ‘Come 4 Tea’ service at 4pm, which will include personal faith stories by some of the congregation.
Organisers say both services are suitable for all ages.
Independent councillor John Lauderdale, who represents the Burn Valley ward, said: “Oxford Road Baptists have been around for a long time. The present building opened in 1914.
“We are aware that many people have only ever seen the outside of the building and are unaware of what we offer so we are having an open day on Saturday, September 21 followed by special ‘Come and See’ services on the Sunday.
“Over the years thousands of people have passed the church everyday and are not aware of what we at Oxford Road offer and believe.
“Everyone is welcome to take this opportunity to find out what goes on at Oxford Road, what the people who go there, believe and how they go about living out that belief in everyday life and situations.”
Coun Lauderdale is also chairman of Oxford Road Residents’ Association and is on the management committee of the ORB Resource Centre.