Central Baptist Church is a large and vibrant church family situated in Chelmsford city centre. Before lockdown over 300 people gathered on Sundays for services. People come from a wide social and ethnic mix in Chelmsford and the surrounding areas. There are lots of children and young people and representatives from over 20 different nationalities in the congregation. The church currently has a team of four full-time staff led by Revd Phil Marsden who has been at Central for two and a half years.
However with lockdown all the regular work and services ground to a halt. The church moved online with Sunday services using Zoom to maintain good communication with each other and keeping the worshipping community together. There have been weekly programmes called “CBCheer” on the church YouTube channel, daily three minutes reflections and a weekly newsletter to keep everyone in touch. Aaron Griffin, the youth and children’s worker has also been preparing online resources for the young people and children each week.
The church weekend away planned for July had to be cancelled. Over 220 people were set to go away together, and this will now be rebooked at a future date.
Current plans are for physical Sunday services to start up in a limited way from October allowing those who want to attend to do so although numbers will be limited to allow for social distancing. The online activity will continue and develop to reach everyone in the church family and beyond.