What is a Baptist?


We believe in having a local Church for the local community we believe that everyone is equal in the Church but we nominate leaders within the Church and memebers that have a say in how the Church is run. We are together with teachings of the Lord but we have autonomy to practice and teach as a congregation



for more information please see the Baptist Union of Great Britain www.baptist.org.uk

Become a Member 


At Honor Oak we are always looking for people to become new members of our congregation.

If you wish to become a member please visit us on a Sunday and talk to one of our existing members, decons, our pastor or Church secretary.

A brief history of HOBC

1887   Caroline Naylor sold the land on the corner of Forest Hill Rd and Mundania Rd            to the trustees.
1888   Hall opened on 1 February as a school.
1889   Church officially formed with 39 members.
1892   Opening Service of the chapel on 15 April - Good Friday.
1893   Two classrooms added to the hall costing £300.
1900   Purchase of the organ from Mr Hunter for £250.  Records show there were 165        members, 27 Sunday School teachers, 310 scholars and a total of 10 baptisms.
1911   Great concern over finances and paying church debt.
1919   The appointment of women Deacons.
1922   The platform in the hall was enlarged.
1926   25 members severed their connection with the Baptist Union and vacated     premises.  They became the Honor Oak Fellowship Centre.
1927   Church reformed with 54 members.
1928   The church joined the London Baptist Association.
1932   Electric lights were installed in the church.
1934   Adoption of the Marriage Act meaning either the Pastor or Secretary registered     to officiate at weddings.
1934   Installation of electric blower for the organ.
1942   Debt cleared with much rejoicing!
1944   Roof/windows of both buildings suffered war damage.
1951   Hall officially opened.
1952   35 Netherby Road bought by a Deacon and lent to the church as a Manse rent          free for 3 years.
1953   One of the steeples deemed unsafe and removed.
1954   Church re-opened.  Manse bought for £3,220.
1957   Gas heaters installed in hall and the old boiler removed.
1961   Infra-red heaters installed in church.  Sub-station built.
1962   New kitchen built.
1967   First mini-bus purchased – it lasted 2 years.
1969   Play school started – it lasted 27 years, thanks to Miss Rene and Miss Florrie.
1981   Netherby Rd property sold.  House in Underhill purchased as church manse.
1991   Centenary celebrations.
1998   Church Listed – Grade 2.
2004   Planning permission granted.  Organ relocated to France (see pictures below)
2009   Church building handed over to the developers.
2011   The “new” Honor Oak Baptist Church building re-opens.

2014   Pastor Paul Gardiner Retires after 10 years of service at HOBC

2015   Rev Joyce Grant joins as new Minister

2016  ........?

This imagine show the back half of the Church with the suspended ceiling and vestibule



An image showing a set of pews

The top image is taken from the vestibule looking towards the front of the Church






The second image shows the front of the Church, as part of the redevelopment there are now three levels in the 'new' building




This image shows the front set of pews past the suspended ceiling seating area

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