Carleton Rode Baptist Church

A rural church in the heart of the community

  • Carleton Rode Baptist Church
  • Chapel Road
  • Carleton Rode
  • Norfolk
  • NR16 1RN

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Good News Tuesday 2nd August

The Chapel are hosting a childrens activity morning from 10 - 12 noon on the above date, 2nd August 22. For children from
 6years to 12years. At Carleton Rode Baptist Church and afterwards we hope parents will return and join us and their children for a picnic on our field next to the Chapel. We will require advance notice of attendance and a registration form filled in, ideally before the day. These can be obtained from the coffee shop and returned to the same or posted thru our letter box. Or local schools have sent forms home with children so parents may have already got them. For more details click on this link

The Loft Youth Club summer BBq Thursday 4th August 6.30pm

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pictures from the evening Loft BBq. 50 people, Adults and children, came along to this event on the Chapel field. It was a lovely evening, a time to chat and have fun with burgers and hot dogs included. 

This was the last Loft until schools restart in September when 8th will be the first one the next 22nd. Then it will follow the usual pattern of 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month.

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and as the daylight faded, we were treated to the most beautiful sunset, which these photos just don't do justice too

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Calling all parents of our Loft Children. You and your whole family are invited to Join our Loft children in this evening BBQ on 4th August. I know we don't usually run the youth club during the summer holidays but thought it would be fun to have this one with BBq and games for all the family. So we hope you'll all come along. Watch out for the pictures!!


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Open Air Service 12th  June 22

What a lovely service we had this day on the field behind the chapel. The weather stayed dry and the sun shone even though the wind was a little chilly.

And after the service we all enjoyed a picnic lunch and a good natter. 

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Jubilee celebrations 

The church joined in with the village celebrations, held on the playing field at Bunwell on Sunday 5th June and what a wonderful day it was. The Lord certainly looked after us, because the weather forecast leading up to the event was dire, to say the least, yellow warnings of heavy rain and thunder storms. But on the day,  though cloudy and slightly damp, it was essentially dry. The villages turned out in good numbers and our church had a plant stall with donations going to the Ukrain appeal. Our music group performed, after the Sunday service, in the Marquee and The Loft youth Club had a Marquee with various games and a Coconut shy. Monies raised here will go to equipment etc for the benefit of the youth club children.coconut shy june 22

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Little Loft

We have good news on this new outreach from our chapel. The 'Little Loft' started on 26th April at 9.30am click 

this link to be taken a poster that will give more information. Latest news is that it is going well and is now a regular feature of church life. So if you are interested in bringing along your precious little one, them do get in touch. You can be assured of a warm welcome..

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What an amazing, wonderful Easter, we have had at the Chapel.
First we must mention The Easter Loft, 15 children came along and joined in the fun. We had mask making and games on the field  first, then Easter cakes and a time talking about the Easter story and then a grand Easter Egg Hunt. 416 filled plastic eggs were scattered thru the grounds and they were all collected IN MINUTES!! The children all had an Easter Egg and card before they were collected by their parents. A great way to start the Easter Weekend. to see pictures of this event, click here.

The Open TombThis Tableau, created in out Chapel, reminded us of the Good News that Easter brings. Jesus was raised from the dead, after three days,  and now sits at the right hand of God,  having defeated death. And anyone who believed in him, will too have eternal life, HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!!!!

The Easter Story

If you want to know why we Christians get so excited by Easter, read about what happened by clicking here

And if this wasn't enough!!
On Easter Sunday we had Three Baptisms.!!!!! Praise the Lord.

Easter weekend

Come and join us for a Busy few days as our Easter events commence.

Thursday evening 6.30pm will be a Special Easter Event for 'The Loft' youth club children, with Easter Crafts, Easter Story and an Egg Hunt
Good Friday we will, once again, join with our Anglican family for an Easter Walk with the Cross. Starting at Bunwell Church at 10am and finishing at our Chapel with refreshments. (perhaps Hot cross buns!!)
Saturday our Coffee shop will be open from 12noon to 3pm. Come and sample the great atmosphere and conversation in this friendly community Cafe.
Sunday 10.30am. A special day for so many reasons!! Not least because this will be a Baptism service led by our Pastor David Humphries. We'd love to see you there and help us rejoice in the Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ and the sign of life reborn thru Baptism.

Saturday 26 th March 2022

Members of the chapel gathered on a lovely sunny warm day to give the chapel its annual spring clean.
To see photos of this click here

Tuesday March 1st 6pm..

Though the numbers were few those that did attend had a fun time and the pancakes were delicious

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 Perhaps we'll make it an annual event at the Chapel and after this first one, I'm sure word will spread and they'll be queuing up for their pancakes next year!!!  

Good News.!! 

The Coffee shop is once more open for meals inside. Thursdays (9-12) and Saturdays ( 12-3)

This Valentines Afternoon tea was a great success as always and was full to capacity. What a lovely afternoon it was.Unfortunately, our customers and team were having such a good time that nobody remembered to take any photos!! So if you weren't there, I'm afraid you'll just have to imagine the scene. Lots of friends, friendly atmosphere, the buzz of conversation, sunshine streaming thru the windows on plates piled high with little sandwiches and scrumptious cakes and fancies  . all washed down with ooddles of tea!!! Make sure you book next time!!!!

Valentines Afternoon tea 

We are so excited to be able to offer this once again, to our friends in the community. The above advert will scroll so please check it all and you will see that Booking is essential. This is a popular event so reserve your table soon, to avoid disappointment. We look forward to serving you this special afternoon tea on this most romantic time of year.

Tuesday March 1st 6pm  Come along to the Chapel Coffee Shop, we'll have pancakes ready for you. Bring your friends along, the more the merrier


Prayer meeting

    Starting this monday 24th. January, prayer hour every monday at the chapel 3.00-4.00pm (when two or three meet together we know that know the Lord will be with us). 

We know how important prayer is and this new initiative on the calendar,  is for everyone. Just come along and spend time with the Lord in the quiet and calm of our Chapel. Whether you only have 5 minutes or you can stay longer, it doesn't matter, just come.


Sunday 9th at 10.30am will see our congregation gathered in Church for the first service of 2022, when Pastor David will be leading us. There will be covid restrictions in place, specifically, face masks will be compulsory for the congregation (This is a legal requirement) and windows will be open and hand sanitizing encouraged, as is recommended best practice. Please come, you will be warmly welcome.

Loft Extra     This initiative has been paused for the time being as the church considers the way forward

Mens Breakfast  

 The next one will be Saturday 26th March 9am. It is not just for the chapel members and you'll be more than welcome to attend. (Just give Pastor David a call if you'd like to attend: 01953550599

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9am Saturday 30th October saw men from the Chapel and guests, gather at the Chapel, for the second of what is going to be a regular meeting. A full cooked breakfast was prepared by Jon and enjoyed by all. Afterwards, over Coffee and Tea, John ( note different spelling, so not the same person) led a talk, where everyone participated,  on defining the aims and purpose of the mens gathering. This helped to focus attention on what the group hoped to achieve. ( it is not just a Breakfast club, despite how enjoyable a fry up is!!!!) 

This is not just for the men from the Chapel either. It is hoped other men will come along and the group will grow and deeper, trusting relationships will develop.

Loft Extra.  This initiative has been paused for the time being as the church considers the way forward

Saturday 24th. October 2021 Ground works day

bonfire 1Our grounds around the Chapel are extensive and we rely on volunteers from our congregation, to keep it in order. But its a tough job and every now and again needs a special push. So it was decided to have a full days gardening. We had many willing helpers, who all worked tirelessly. Strimmers, chain saws, pruning saws etc were hard at work and a big bonfire was essential to burn the mountain of prunings. 
The Cafe, being open, and despite being very busy themselve,s also managed to provided the bacon and sausage rolls and hot drinks to the workers which was much appreciated.

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Harvest festival flowers

The Chapel looked particularly lovely and was full of beautiful displays. Rosemary and her helpers did a magnificent job thanks to the donation of flowers from local gardens. See some of their work below:
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Harvest BBq 25th Sept.
What a lovely afternoon was had by over 60 adults and children who came to the Chapel field. Great fun was had completing the treasure hunt, and there were various games to keep the children entertained including  hard fought tug of war trials .We were blessed with warm sunny weather and the BBq was very popular as were all the delicious cakes. Photos of the event can be seen below:

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The first Loft held since March 2020 was held on a beautiful evening and because of the lovely weather it was held outside on the field. There were 13 children present from Bunwell and Carleton Rode schools, who enjoyed various games.
The next Loft will be on 23 rd September when, because of the nights drawing in, will be held indoors and we hope that word will now spread that The Loft is open and more children will want to attend.

So much has been happening lately that it has been difficult to keep up with this page.
I do hope you have been checking out the notice sheets each week which is a good way to find out all that is going on. However there are one or two things I want to remind you of, in case they have slipped your attention. see below for details.

Prayer Walk around the villages. 8th September. Our chapel has a heart for the community around us and we want to show  Gods love to as many people as possible. We believe, passionately in the power of prayer and so, groups of Chapel members will meet at 6 pm on the above date and then go from the Chapel to as many areas of Carleton Rode and Bunwell as possible. We will be praying for Gods blessing over homes, businesses and the schools , in fact over every aspect of life in the villages around us.

The Loft re-opening!!! This is our youth club for 7-12 year olds. It has been closed since March 2020 due to Covid restrictions but from Thursday 9th September it will be open again and we hope to see our regular members and welcome new ones. Times of opening 6.30pm and finishes at 7.45pm. This first one will be mainly outside, weather permitting, with the usual games on the field at the Chapel. Then the next club will be on 23rd September and thereafter every 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, during term times. during the winter months The Loft is held indoors with lots of games and crafts to keep the children occupied ans also there is a popular tuck shop. There is a small fee of £1.00 per child per session.

 Harvest BBq Saturday 25th September 4pm including a treasure hunt, suitable for all ages. This is open to anyone and you are most welcome to attend. To help with catering, please book in advance, if possible, ring Maureen on 01953 789570. ( oh! yes and its FREE!!) This will be followed by our special
Harvest festival Sunday morning service on  26th September commencing at 10.30am

Coffee shop and community meal. though the Coffee shop has been opening for takeaway, 12noon to 2pm, for some time now, the good news is that plans are being made to open up once again during the week.Watch this space or our newsletter, for more information. Also the community meal will be restarting. You will see the adverts for this at the coffee shop in due course. the first one will probably be in November, but watch this space!!

Waffle Camp last weekend (3rd and 4th July)

'The Waffle', is the name of the young persons group at Church, led by Ness. It has been running for some months now and the breath and scope of activities has started to increase. For a bit of fun, Ness and her select band of volunteers organised a camp on the chapel field. It began at 1.30pm Saturday afternoon with the pitching of tents. Then there were team games, afternoon tea, craft and more games. A camp fire was lit before camp dinner and later there was a camp fire bible chat, worship and discussion time, before s'mores and toasted marshmallows and Pastor David paid a visit. They closed the evening with hot chocolate as the sun went down. Sunday morning breakfast was Waffles, of course, and then the young persons attended the church service. 
The weather was challenging at times with a monsoon like downpour on Saturday afternoon, but it did nothing to dampen spirits and did not stop the fun. see photos below
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What a wonderful afternoon it was on Saturday last, 26th June, when at 2pm our Pastor, Revd. David Humphries was officially 'inducted' into his new position as the Minister of our church at Carleton Rode. The chapel was full to capacity, though this was severely curtailed due to Covid restrictions. We at the chapel were pleased to welcome friends of David and his wife Sue, who had come to be part of the service and there were also local friends of the chapel, members of the Anglican community as well as our congregation.
The service was presided over by Revd. Neil Walker, who for the last 3 years of 'interregnum', has been our 'moderator'.
We  were pleased to welcome our  Regional Minister, Revd. Beth Powney who led David in the 'Confessing of Faith and Promises of Faithfulness. Followed by the Deacons of the Church and then the whole church similarly making their promises to support David and the Church.
Following this, Revd. Dr. Sally Nelson led the assembly in prayer, before Revd. Graeme Dodds gave the sermon.
We were blessed with music and singing from our worship group throughout the service and though covid rules forbid singing from
worship group  the congregation, we did stand, clap and make our worship known to God.

After the service, refreshments were served outside, on the patio and the field, where we were blessed with sunshine and warm weather and had time to chat and relax and enjoy time together (socially distanced where appropriate, of course!)
So now, a new chapter in the 200 year old story of Carleton Rode Baptist Church, begins. David and Sue, having moved from Leeds, need time to settle in their new home at the Manse in Bunwell. They are looking forward to meeting and getting to know, the church family, the local inhabitants, exploring the area locally and the wider Norfolk. We wish them well, give them our wholehearted support and prayers and look forward to the future together.

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It time to share some exciting news.

      For over three years now our chapel has been without a Pastor. But that time is almost at an end. After much prayer and searching, the Lord has led us to David Humphries, who has agreed to take up the role of our Pastor.          He, and his wife Sue will  be moving to Norfolk from Leeds on 24th May and David will be leading our service, for the first time, on Sunday 6th. June.
      Please pray for them as they prepare to come to us and commence this new chapter of their lives.
      For the 6th June, there will still be covid restrictions  in place and it will be necessary for us to know how many intend to come to church on that day. So please, if you would like to attend, let Maureen know on 01953 789570.
      Of course there is much more to this story, of how David was led to us at Carleton Rode, and I'm sure David will tell share this, in his own time. For now it is enough to know that he and Sue are on their way. And we at Carleton Rode Baptist Church could not be more excited and Thankful to our Lord. 

       Davids 'induction' will be on Saturday 26th June at 2pm. This is an eagerly awaited, special service and we are expecting large numbers wishing to attend, including invited guests. Covid restrictions will mean we will have a limit on numbers. Plans are in the early stages and there will be more details released as soon as possible.

Church re-opening .

We are now back to having services in the Chapel, however they will still be available to watch on YouTube. Anyone wishing to attend any of our services is kindly requested to book a place with Maureen by using our church email address. To see other advice on keeping safe when attending click here

The Coffee Shop is planning to open for takeaways only, on Saturdays from April 17th.

Another reminder of what's coming up this weekend at church this weekend 8th, 9th May. See below:-

putting up 1st Marquee

Preparations begin for our Anniversary weekend!!! One marquee put up in front of Coffee Shop.. As you can see we had help from our dogs who are very excited. And I'm such a good photographer, i even managed to get into the picture with my shadow!!!marquee 2

cake sale poster

This weekend, 8th and 9th May, is rather special for Carleton Rode Baptist Church as it is our anniversary weekend

. So on Saturday we will be holding a 'gift day'. This poster shows that the coffee shop will be open for longer and there will be 'Special celebration Cakes' for sale. All proceeds going to the building fund. So please come along and support us.

Then on Sunday we will be holding an open air service on our field, led by Neil Walker followed by a bring your own picnic lunch. We would love to see you there

cafe re-opening

How pleased we are to announce that the Coffee Shop is back!!
We may not be resuming full opening hours, or inside dining, but we are taking small steps, which we hope will lead to full resumption in due course. To all our customer/friends, we look forward to seeing you and can assure you that all is being done to ensure we are, 'covid secure'.

Easter Saturday event    What a fun afternoon this was!!. 30 children came with lots of Adults and spent at least 30 mins searching out the clues and learning about the Easter story into the bargain. At the end all received an Easter Egg or Chocolate Easter Bunny together with a Certificate to say they had successfully completed the hunt. Lots of smiles all round. receiving award for completing questionaire

receiving their eggs and certificates

easter scavenger hunt 2021

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 From Friday 26th March our thoughts turn to the Easter Story which is so significant to Christians. Christ was to complete the task assigned to him by God by becoming the sacrificial lamb that takes away the sin of the world. Remember His last words on the cross " It is Finished".
We have created a tableau outside the Church, which depicts the story, from the Cross, to the Tomb, to the Resurrection. We hope all that pass will look on this and give a moments reflection on the real meaning of Easter. To read a bit more on the Easter story, click here

For our latest news on the church re-opening, see below

We are planning to hold our first service back in the chapel on Palm Sunday March 28th at 10.30am, when the speaker will be our Moderator, Rev Neil Walker. On Good Friday there will be a time of reflection in the chapel at 10.30am. Both of these - and  subsequent services - will also be streamed on youtube. For the time being, if you wish to attend in person, it is necessary to book your place in advance with Maureen (01953 789570) and to follow the covid guidelines. click here to see them

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We had an Easter Celebration on the field at the chapel at 10.30am. Sunday morning. All were  welcome to come to this, and either remain in cars as we did for our carol service, some brought their  own garden chairs to sit outside, suitably distanced! We are delighted that our regional minister, Beth Powney, was the speaker at this service.It was good to rejoice together again in our living Lord Jesus.

During 2021 we are working on an external repair project for the chapel. The outside walls are badly in need of renovation. This project will also see improvements to the disabled parking area. We are in the process of obtaining the various necessary permissions for the work, and several grants have been applied for, some of which have already proved fruitful for which we are very grateful. We still need to raise more money to reach the estimated total of just under £100,000.

Lunch Box Project February 21

The Chapel felt compelled during this February school half term  to do something practical to show our love, concern and support for the community around our us. Particularly, but not exclusively for hard pressed parents and their children. 

Well!! what a wonderful, God Blessed, two days we had. We thought and planned for about 200 lunches over the two days

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Our Chapel window showing the above poster to advertrise the above event for February 2021

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callum and prepared lunch packs

These pictures show the packs being prepared for what was a wonderful two days. Our hopes were exceeded when we handed out 260 lunch packs, together with 50 wellness packs to hard pressed mums. What a wonderful God we have. The Chapel were so pleased to be able to show Gods Love in word and Deed

packs ready to go

thank you cards

Private Prayer

God, You are good, and Your steadfast love endures forever! Even in the hardest seasons, I always have a reason to worship You.

Thank You for giving me victory and abundant life in Jesus Christ! Although I don’t deserve it, You shower me with unconditional love and forgiveness.


And so no matter what the future may hold, I will shout for joy because You are with me. You comfort me and bless me in the presence of my enemies. Nothing compares to You and no weapon can stand against You. In all things, I am more than a conqueror through You!


Be glorified through me, God. Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart bless Your name.


I want my life to bring You praise.


In Jesus’ name, Amen."

 Bible Studies

We now have a new page containing Bible studies, prepared by one of our members, Chris Jaggard. They commenced in July and we thought the notes would be of benefit to anyone who would like to delve a bit deeper into some of the Characters in the Bible.  To see these studies click here, or go to the Bible studies page. We hope you find this useful. We'd be most interested in any comments you have on these studies. so if you want to send these to us, use the link here

YouTube (where you can access our'online services)

We have commenced a regular service each Sunday at 10.30am aired on YouTube. This is very new to us and we are learning to use the technology. As stated elsewhere on this site, we are without a permanent Pastor at the moment, so our services are conducted by our church family, from their homes, with various people taking part. In the past, in 'normal' times, we have used invited speakers to preach to us and it will be no different during this period of lockdown. But at other times, we will conduct the whole service. We hope you'll join us by tuning in. The services can of course be watched at any time after the airing, so you're not restricted to just this time.
To find this service, either pick up the link from our facebook page, or put ' Carleton Rode Baptist Church' into the Youtube search bar.

or go directly to the YouTube site by clicking here 

Church Yard Memorials

We have embarked on a new initiative for 2020. One of our members, Jo Sale, has begun to photograph each gravestone and memorial in our church yard and record the information they contain. It is early days as yet, but eventually we intend to place this information on a dedicated page on this website, so that anyone, involved in research in this area can access this information. Click this link to take you to the Memorials page.

Carleton Rode Baptist Church Youth/Contemporary Worship Band

One of our members,Matt Court, has started a new and exciting venture, this is an extract from his promotion literature.
"We are reaching out and looking for youth who might be interested in collaborating together to create their own band/young persons' group. We have the space, time and enough food to support them, but need some enthusiastic and talented young people to join in."

The first meeting was held on Saturday 18th January2020 at the Chapel in Carleton Rode and, with several musicians attending, a great start was made. Another session will be held on a date to be fixed when the Coronavirus has abated.
Matt would love it if you'd like to join in.

You can contact Matt on 07900003368 or Email: