Great Baddow is proud to have historic roots in the local community, having evolved from a congregation that originally gathered for worship in the local area as far back as 1814. The church celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2015.
Great Baddow URC
A group of non-conformists began meeting in Great Baddow in 1814 and a small building was erected in Great Baddow in 1848 to seat about 60, Many years later some additional land was purchased for a "new" church. Many alterations and extensions have meant the church building has “evolved” into the building complex currently present which includes a sanctuary area, vestry, kitchen and separate hall, all of which are now used extensively by various groups during the week.
Despite having a small congregation the church is keen to keep going and to continue to witness to Jesus Christ in the Great Baddow area.
The church is very traditional in its approach to worship and the Sunday service usually takes the form of a ‘hymn sandwich’ with Holy Communion being celebrated once a month. The church has an electronic church organ and a piano but has difficulty in getting people to play for its services!
Members keep in touch with each other during the week through the coffee morning, phone calls and meeting with each other at other activities, both at the church and elsewhere.
The Worldwide Church of God use the URC premises on a Saturday for its regular services and there are some links with the Christian Growth Centre that has recently been renamed Skylark.
Additionally premises are used by 2 packs of Brownies and 1 of Rainbows, an Art group, a number of U3A groups, a Bridge Club, Chelmsford Rambling Club, Little Spring Wonders Day Care Nursery, Great Baddow W I, Weight Watchers, Great Baddow Horticultural Society, an Essex Wildlife Group, Chelmsford St Raphael Club, Jane Head Fitness and the Little Bunnies Toddlers Group.