The Reading Scheme at Central Baptist Church

From Sunday 18th April 2021, we have a reading scheme at the church, where you can borrow recommended Christian books on a wide variety of topics for free!

A good Christian book can help the believer to understand better what the Bible says. God can use such books so that we can learn more about God, love him and praise him more, become more like Jesus, grow in our faith, and understand God’s will for our lives.

We thank God that there are so many good Christian books available today! But where should you start? This reading scheme picks out some trustworthy Christian books on a variety of subjects. We pray that the Lord would help us all to know and love him better because of these books.

How to Use the Reading Scheme

• The books can be borrowed after services on a Sunday. The books are kept in two bookcases near the electric piano. They are arranged in alphabetical order by author,
except a few on display.
• Start wherever you like : choose a book which interests you.
• You don’t have to read them in order, and you don’t have to read them all.
• Some of the books are very short – they are often more like booklets than books!
• You can borrow up to 2 books at a time.
• Please bring the book back within ONE MONTH.
• It’s free!

Click here for more details and a full list of all the books in the scheme!

Post Lockdown Reopening : What’s Different?

Coming to Church on Sunday Mornings : What Will be Different?

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE : Now Open PHYSICALLY for 11.00am morning services

We thank God that we are now open for physical services in the mornings (11.00am service). We will continue to follow Covid-secure guidleines (click here for details).

Our 11.00am and 6.30pm services are streamed live each Sunday on our YouTube page, here.

For services where we meet physically in the building, we want to make every effort to follow government guidelines, in order to keep people as safe as possible.

Here are the guidelines for our physical services :

Please follow government advice, and do not come if you have any symptoms of Covid-19, or anyone in your household does. We recommend that you do not come if you are over 70 or shielding for any reason. Why not watch the service on YouTube (click here)?

If you are able to come, please note :

  • Please follow government guidance when travelling to church. If you need to come by public transport, please wear a face mask. If you come by car, please do not park in the church car park, to leave room for social distancing. You are allowed to park on single yellow lines on a Sunday.
  • In line with government advice, everyone should wear a face covering, please, unless you are exempt. Stewards will help you to understand the one-way system, and will show you to your seat.
  • Please come to the service a little bit early. This gives us time to get everyone in safely and seated safely.
  • When you approach the building, please keep 2 metres away from others (except those from your own household) at all times.
  • As you come in, we will take a note of the names of all who are entering the building. This follows government guidelines and will enable authorities to contact everyone in the event of someone who was at the service subsequently discovering they have Covid-19. If anyone comes for whom we do not have contact details, we will be asking them to give us their name and a contact number. These details will be destroyed 21 days after you attend.
  • Please use the front doors of the church unless you need a ramp to get in. Those needing the ramp may use the side door.
  • At each entrance, hand sanitiser (73% alcohol) will be available. Please use this as you enter and leave the building.
  • You are encouraged to bring your own Bible, but if you are unable, Bibles are available to pick up. Stewards will not hand you a Bible – you need to pick one up yourself, and then leave it in your pew after the service. Readings will also be put up on the screen.
  • Some pews will be taped off. This is to make sure we are socially distanced (but you may sit next to those from your own household). If you are directed to sit in a pew where another person (not from your household) is sitting, please make sure you stay 2 metres apart.
  • During the service, there will be no singing, which we are sad about. But we understand the need to limit the spread of the virus. There will be music playing at some points in the service. Please resist the urge to sing!
  • There will not be a collection during the service. If you wish to give, please use the offering boxes located on empty pews near the back of the church (and in the balcony). Please try not to touch the offering box as you put money in.
  • If you are likely to need a drink during the church service, please bring your own bottle of water.
  • The crèche will be available for use by small children, but parents must stay with their children.
  • We will run a socially distanced Sunday School for 3-11 year olds in two groups. Children will go out during some music before the sermon, but must NOT go out until individually called. At the end of the service, please continue to follow the one-way system. Parents will be directed to leave their seats first, and should collect their children from the lounge and/or back hall, and then immediately exit the building by the side door.
  • The toilets will be available for use, but we ask you to only use them if necessary, so please make sure you go to the toilet before you leave home. If you do need to use the toilets, you may do this at any time. Please follow instructions on posters near and in the toilets, thank you!
  • After the services, there will be NO refreshments. Government advice is that we should encourage people to go home straight after the service.
  • Please observe the one way system when exiting the building, and please stay two metres apart from others, even outside the building. Please do not stand in aisles to talk to people. Please do not congregate outside of the church in groups of more than 6 people, and even then please socially distance.

Although it will all feel a bit different, we will get used to it quickly, and it is a good opportunity to gather together to hear God’s Word … we hope you can join us!

We clean the church carefully between services. The church has completed and updated a thorough risk assessment, which you can see by clicking here.

If you have any questions, please do contact us using the details that can be found here.

Read the Bible with Us From Your Home!

Where can we find hope in uncertain times? God’s Word, the Bible has answers! Do you want to find out what God really sasy to us? Would you like to read the Bible with someone? We can arrange meetings over Zoom, WhatsApp, Skype or another video conferencing app, so that you can think about what the Bible says from the comfort of your own home.

We will read a short bit of the Bible with you and talk about it with you. It’ a great opportunity to discover what Christianity is really about, and find out more about Jesus. You can ask any questions you like.

If you are interested, please do call 020 8503 7577 and leave a message. Or drop us an email at and we’ll get back to you.

2021 Upcoming Events!

Much has changed due to lockdowns and restrictions caused by the virus. We are not publishing a calendar for 2021 yet, but will wait to see how things develop. We have regular Sunday services (streamed AND in the building), plus online prayer meetings and Bible Studies. 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE : Now Open PHYSICALLY for 11.00am morning AND 6.30pm evening services

We thank God we are now open for physical services on Sundays. We will continue to follow Covid-secure guidelines (click here for details).

Both Sunday services (11.00am and 6.30pm) will continue to be live streamed on YouTube (see below).

There are still NO youth or children’s groups. There are midweek Bible studies and prayer meetings by video conference every Wednesday at 10.30am and also on various days in the evening … please contact us for more details.


We will be streaming our Sunday services, God willing, every Sunday at 11.00am and 6.30pm. We have a channel on YouTube called “Central Baptist Church Orford Road Walthamstow”. You can click here to get to our YouTube channel, and then just click on the video you are interested in.

If you have any questions, click here to send us a message.

Restoration Works

Since The autumn of 2014, and on into May 2015 there was a major restoration project going on. The brick, which were 100 years old in 2014, were in need of cleaning, repair and even replacing in some cases. A local firm, Fullers, who specialise in restoration of historical buildings, did the work under the watchful eye of a conservation architect, Anthony Fensome.

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2014 was Our Centenary Year : 100 years of Worship at Orford Road!

In the autumn of 1874, a new church began near Boundary Road (read more here). The church grew and more space was needed. There was also a desire to be closer to the developing town of Walthamstow. So on 13th June 1914, our present building in Orford Road was opened! So 2014 was the centenary of the church worshipping in the building in Orford Road, and we took the opportunity to thank God for his faithfulness of those 100 years.

Over the weekend of the 14th and 15th June 2014, we held special services to thank God for his goodness to the church over 100 years. The Saturday saw a reunion thanksgiving service. We enjoyed seeing old members return to us, and lots of friendships were renewed. Thanks to everyone who helped with the tea for 160-170 people!! Roger Carswell spoke on the privilege of the church to spread the good news of Christ’s suffering, resurrection and the need for repentance leading to the forgiveness of sins.

Sunday morning’s anniversary service included a message on the significance of people, the significance of our service to the Lord and the significance of everyone who has been saved : an encouragement to us all! In the evening, around 250 to 300 people came to the Songs of Praise service. We were glad to be joined by other local churches (including the music group from Grove Hill Evangelical Church who accompanied our sung praise!), as well as some friends, neighbours and family members that were invited. Roger Carswell spoke for a third time, and spoke of why Christians sing … from when they are saved, through every part of life (including suffering) and into heaven itself! See the photos below.

We thank God for a great time together, for helpful Bible teaching, for all who came, for enabling many people in the church to serve together at this time. And we trust God will continue to use his Word in people’s lives!

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