Carleton Rode Baptist Church

A rural church in the heart of the community

Latest news

Have a look below at the 'Latest News' from Carleton Rode Baptist Church. The most recent news events are at the top of the page! 

The Loft.   Thursday  11th.July was our last Loft night before our summer break and what a good night it was!!      28 children attended and several parents stayed to enjoy the fun. We were fortunate with the weather, the forecast was predicting thunder storms, but on the night it was sunny and very warm, so we were able to be on the field. The BBQ was fired up and the hotdogs and beef burgers were much appreciated. we had various games during the evening, including 'tiger feet' and three legged races, basket ball competition and the popular tug of war competitions! The parents had a tug of war match ladies against gentlemen. the ladies had superior numbers!!! I'll leave it to you to guess who won.??!! The Loft will now be closed for the summer holidays and we will reopen on the 12th September.                Please remember The Loft is held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, during term time. We are still looking for more members from Carleton Rode School who are not well represented at the moment. 

We have now had our re- opening weekend, ( Sat 11th, Sun 12th May) and what a wonderful weekend it was. We were joined by friends and supporters from the community, everyone so pleased to have our Chapel back and in a safe condition!!

See photos, below:

Neil Walker addresses attendees

Neil Walker, our Moderator , addresses attendees

Architect, Rob Pearce, cutting the ribbonThe project architect, Rob Pearce, cuts the ribbon

Entering the newly renovated chapelChurch members and supporters entering sanctuary .

View from the balconyView from the balcony

Another view from the balconyAngie Bennett, Church secretary, welcomes everyone

Presentation of the workThe project explained thru screen presentation

The musicians leading worshipThe music group leads worship

Flower displays 1Flower displays brighten the proceedings

Flower display 2Another beautiful display

Refreshments after proceedingsRefreshments after the service, of course!!

We so want to thank everyone who attended and made this day so special.

There is a lovely article covering this event, published on Network Norwich website. Written by Jenny Seal who attended on the day and you can read it by clicking on the link below.

The Community meal has restarted!! They  are  on the first Wednesday of each month. ( 5th. June, 3rd July, 7th August, 4th September )

On Sunday 21st April, we celebrated that, just as predicted, Jesus defeated death and rose again on the third day. (If you are in doubt about this, read the accounts in Mathew 28:1-10, Mark 16:1-11, Luke 24:1-12, John 20: 1-18.) And that’s the fact, on which Christianity is based. 

Why is the Resurrection so important?  Because we know that we now have a saviour in Jesus Christ. He has broken the power of sin and death. We have been redeemed and brought back into a relationship with God, through the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross. We have a saviour, Christ is not a legend. The resurrection gives us hope for the future. He is alive and real and ruling his kingdom.

And He will come again! We know this because He said so.


But now Easter is over, do we just move on??? Not at all.!!!  As mentioned above, ‘we now have a Saviour’. Jesus,  right now, sits beside God and is our Champion in Heaven. We are loved and accepted  by God because Jesus paid our debt for us. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Saviour, declaring, ‘Jesus is Lord’, you will be saved from judgement and spend eternity with God in Heaven.
So that’s it??  Oh no!!! It gets better. How?? Because Jesus left the Holy Spirit , the third part of our triune God, here with us on earth. What is the Holy Spirit and why is it so important?? Well, to start with the Holy Spirit is God, part of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit, is Gods power in action, his active force.( Micah 3:8; Luke 1:35) The  Holy Spirit is so important that you’d best read your bible to discover more. In simple terms,  our God doesn’t just look down from Heaven, he is here amongst us residing in our hearts, the Holy Spirit is our guide, our comforter,  Gods power in action in our lives.
If you’d like to know more, then join us, come along any Sunday, you can be assured of a warm welcome. 
Come, just as you are, none of us is perfect, we’re all on a journey, but a journey that is more enjoyable in company. You have nothing to lose but everything to gain!!!!!!

Ladies' Fellowship news

After 68 years of regular meetings, CRBC Ladies Fellowship is going to take a break. (Check here for future updates)

The Loft

The Loft is continuing to go well, we had 22 on the 9th May, with some new members.  The lighter evenings mean that we are  able to get back out on to the field and the children enjoyed all the usual activities which now include football, badminton, swing ball etc. We even got the remote control cars out on the patio. One anomaly which I’m sure we can solve is the lack of children from Carleton Rode Primary School.!! So if your child goes there, or you know someone who does,( and they are in school year 3 or above) then perhaps remind them that there is a youth club in the village. We would love to see them. There is a poster on the notice board at the school so take a look. Or if any parent would like to come along to one of The Loft evenings to see what happens, then you’d be very welcome.

The Loft dates up to our summer break are as follows: May 9th and 23rd June 13th and 27th and last one 11th July

   (Don’t forget the Loft is always the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, during term time) See you there.

We’ve decided to lower the entry age!! 

So from 28th February we will accept children in school year 3 (aged 7). We’ve done this because we’re aware that in both Bunwell and Carleton Rode Schools, year 3 and year 4 are in the same class, so are already friends. Please tell parents the news and we’ll be ready to accept our new members.