Little Stoke Baptist has recently celebrated it's 60th anniversary.
The story began in the early 1950s when Little Stoke was hardly more than a small village on the outskirts of Bristol, set among fields and woodlands. It was at this time that a group of people from Horfield Baptist Church felt God's call to found a Fellowship at Little Stoke.
Initial meetings took place in the hall at Little Stoke Primary School and here regular services began and soon a Sunday School was established. Numbers grew and the need for a purpose built church building was recognised.
The funds required to build the church were raised by various gifts and greatly ehanced by the involvement of the local community in a 'Buy a Brick' scheme in which people were asked to puchase a brick by a donation 6d (2.5p in current terms). Small though this amount may seem, the full financial requirements were soon met and the foundation stone of the church was laid in 1954. The growing number of children attending the Sunday School led to the addition of a hall, the foundation of which was laid in 1957.
Many people in the area will have been involved with the church throughout the years, not only through the regular services and Sunday School but also through the various holiday clubs, children's clubs and Mums and Tots groups as well as the playgoup which was run by the church until a few years ago.
Neil Mobbs, who served us faithfully as our Pastor for over 40 years until his retirement is very well known both locally and in the city, where he is a Hospital Chaplain. Neil continues to serve the Church as our Secretary and often brings God's word to us.
The church has recently been adapted to house the offices of the West of England Baptist Association (WEBA).
A new meeting room has been added on the first floor and the kitchen has been relocated to provide an opening into the main worship area.
With an eye to the future, we have recently appointed
Rev. David Firth as our Transitional Minister to help us move towards a new phase of our church life and to help and guide us as we seek to expand the ministry of the church into the local community.