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A Short History of MBC

As MBC passes 50 it’s time for a ‘Fresh Start’: the final part of A Short History of MBC

March 30, 2012 A Short History of MBC
Thumbnail image for As MBC passes 50 it’s time for a ‘Fresh Start’: the final part of A Short History of MBC In 2005 Moortown Baptist Church celebrated its 50th anniversary. Between the 22nd and the 24th of April an exhibition of more than 800 photographs, a Barn Dance, a very special Sunday morning service and a splendid buffet lunch all ensured that this important milestone was well and truly noted. As our pictures show the anniversary […]
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The end of the Sharing Life Network calls for self-sufficiency and a new set of rules. Part 7 of A Short History of MBC

March 15, 2012 A Short History of MBC
Thumbnail image for The end of the Sharing Life Network calls for self-sufficiency and a new set of rules. Part 7 of A Short History of MBC It was on September 6th 1998 that Rev Gordon Hindmarch (pictured left) was welcomed into the Sharing Life Network. In effect this meant that for the first time in its twenty-three year history, MBC now had two full-time ministers. However, even as Gordon was joining a team that already consisted of Stephen plus two part-time […]
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Sharing Life and forging life-long friendships: Part 6 of A Short History of MBC

March 8, 2012 A Short History of MBC
Thumbnail image for Sharing Life and forging life-long friendships: Part 6 of A Short History of MBC Our next pastor, Rev Stephen Ibbotson, came to Moortown in September 1991 having spent the previous fourteen years in Peterborough.  During that time Stephen had picked up a good deal of experience in church planting.  Aware that in his new surroundings there were certain relationship problems between the ‘plant’ and the ‘mother church’, Stephen immediately […]
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The beginning of full-time youth work, and an evaluation team puts MBC “under the microscope” Part 5 of A Short History of MBC

March 1, 2012 A Short History of MBC
Thumbnail image for The beginning of full-time youth work, and an evaluation team puts MBC “under the microscope” Part 5 of A Short History of MBC For MBC, 1980 and the decade that followed was a time of both consolidation and change. As the church celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary, many national and international concerns occupied the thoughts of its members, whilst in-house some still familiar areas of disagreement such as music and worship (in those days largely an organ and choir […]
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Part 4 of A Short History of MBC charts the start of Day Care and Playgroup. It also brings faith face-to-face with politics

February 25, 2012 A Short History of MBC
Thumbnail image for Part 4 of A Short History of MBC charts the start of Day Care and Playgroup. It also brings faith face-to-face with politics By the middle of 1974, in terms of its outside appearance, MBC looked pretty much as it does today.  This increased capacity inevitably led to new groups starting up. The first of these, in October 1974, was Playgroup followed six months later by Day Care. At the same time Rev. Drake and the Leadership Team […]
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A new “Outlook”, a huge self assembly organ and our response to the Charismatic Renewal Movement – Part 3 of a Short History of MBC

February 16, 2012 A Short History of MBC
Thumbnail image for A new “Outlook”, a huge self assembly organ and our response to the Charismatic Renewal Movement – Part 3 of a Short History of MBC Rev Ralph Drake took over as minister of Moortown Baptist Church on 1st July 1967, and straight away through a new-look magazine, ‘Outlook’, Ralph was speaking of the need for “Christian education to give a reason for the faith that is within us.” The first such initiative was the setting up of House Groups.  Initially […]
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A Coal Board shed, a grand detached house and a change of minister: A Short History of Moortown Baptist Church – Part 2…

February 9, 2012 A Short History of MBC
Thumbnail image for A Coal Board shed, a grand detached house and a change of minister: A Short History of Moortown Baptist Church – Part 2… Phase two of Moortown Baptist Church’s building work was officially opened on October 19th 1957.  This brought into service the present sanctuary and a vestry. However, as further “temporary” accommodation an annexe was built at the rear.  In truth this was an ex Coal Board shed that ended up being used for no less than five years.
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A short history of Moortown Baptist Church: Part 1 – In the beginning…

February 2, 2012 A Short History of MBC
Thumbnail image for A short history of Moortown Baptist Church: Part 1 – In the beginning… In this, the first in a series of articles that looks back over the history of MBC we see how an idea became a reality, how a muddy building site become a place of worship and how the calling of its first minister helped to set a fledgling church at the very heart of a community.
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