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Why are we Building?













Horley Baptist Church has been on the journey since 1999 to find new premises from which to better serve the community of Horley, because there was not enough space at our Albert Road premises. The site on which we have built is a former infant school that was purchased by a care home developer, who then sold part of the land to us for the new church and community building. 

The reason for building is in response to the fact that the Victorian chapel, the hall and offices at Albert Road were too small for all the activities that take place during the week. The building was constructed for a different era, so was now not fit for purpose and iinappropriate for the church in 21st Century. The site was small and we could not construct the sort of building we needed on it to enable us to fulfil our Vision to serve God in the town of Horley. The site we have acquired is at least twice the size of the one we occupied (Appendix B), and to move and build from scratch was cheaper than developing our old current site.

We have now moved to Court Lodge Road. The new church site is only a short distance from our previous church building  position.  Our previous church  premises were the limiting factor for the number of people attending events, which were very popular and likely to grow significantly in a larger venue.

We believe the building will serve the community and become a hub for this part of Horley, as well as being available for wider community use, especially since it provides the largest and most flexible space in Horley. Being designed and built with 21st Century and the changing nature of church in mind, we see this as a building that will serve the community into the future.

The new building for HBC is being approached in two phases. The first, construction of which began in May 2014, comprised a large multi-purpose hall, offices and meeting rooms of various sizes for use by church and local community groups. This was completed in the summer of 2015. The second phase is to build the multi-purpose meeting space which can also be used for conferences, concerts, town events and drama events. At the moment we do not have a start date for Phase 2, but would like to commence building as soon as we have raised sufficient funds to do so.

This is an exciting project and the people of Horley Baptist Church have already shown their commitment to serving through the various ways in which we reach out and serve others.