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!

Now Restrictions are Lifted : What’s Different?

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

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE : We meet physically at 11.00am and 6.30pm WITH singing AND refreshments!

We thank God that we are now open for physical services twice on the Lord’s Day (at 11.00am and 6.30pm). Our 11.00am and 6.30pm services are also streamed live each Sunday on our YouTube page, here.

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. If that’s the case, why not watch the service on YouTube (click here)?

If you are able to come, please note :

  • Face masks are now optional at all of our services and meetings.
  • 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.
  • Some pews will be taped off. This is to make sure we are socially distanced during the main service (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.
  • We are now allowed to sing, and face masks are optional.
  • 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.
  • The crèche will be available for use by small 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.
  • After the services, there will now be refreshments in the back hall. When you are in the back hall, you do not have to socially distance.

We aret thankful to God that we can get back to singing and refreshements! And we continue to enjoy gathering together to hear God’s Word … we hope you can join us!

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 central101@btconnect.com 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 : We meet physically at 11.00am and 6.30pm WITH singing AND refreshments!

We thank God that we are now open for physical services twice on the Lord’s Day (at 11.00am and 6.30pm). While we continue to maintain social distancing in the worship area, masks are now optional at all times. You do not have to wear a mask for singing or at any other time on Sundays or midweek. We now have refreshements after both services, where there will not be social distancing. You can see the full list of guidelines here. Both Sunday services (11.00am and 6.30pm) will continue to be live streamed on YouTube (see below). Some youth and children’s groups will re-start physically in September. 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. LIVE STREAMING OF SERVICES ON YOUTUBE 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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