Amesbury Baptist Church began when four couples (two civilian and two military) started meeting as a home group in Amesbury in January having had a vision of founding a church in the area
3rd March, The first service was held in Redworth House Council offices in Amesbury
On 24 March, 27 people became members at the Covenant of Membership service
Rev Frank Cooke, recently retried from Andover Baptist Church agreed to serve as Interim Pastor
Larger premises were soon needed due to the numbers of people coming along, so in 1991, services were then held in Stonehenge School
Rev Bill Smith was appointed as the first full-time minister and later in March, planning permission was obtained for a new building, which was to become the home of Amesbury Baptist Church and offer rooms for hire to the community. The Amesbury Fellowship raised £100,000 towards the building.
Between 1991-1994 two from the congregation trained to be Baptist Ministers, Phil Young and Graham Robinson
Amesbury Baptist Centre opened its doors on 22nd March
February, Rev Bill Smith retired after 17 years’ service as minister
9th July, Rev Barry Davis was ordained and inducted as minister of the church.
30th June we held our annual hog roast event. Among the visitors attended the event was Charlie Rowley, who had been contaminated by the nerve agent Novichok, the same nerve agent as ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal.
4 Days later, on the 4th July, the Centre was cordoned off as a precaution and while unable to use the building, the church met a various venues in the town including the Bowman Centre, Wyndham Hall and Amesbury Primary School.
On the 7th October church was able to move into the Centre after it was given the “all-clear”.