Located in the heart of Kettering Town Centre, we are a welcoming and diverse Church with a passion to honour Jesus through our whole lives.
Our Sunday Services formally start at 10:30am and 6:15pm, but doors are open early for those wanting to get to know us and we have plenty of time after the services also to make connections. We aim to include the best of both contemporary and traditional styles of worship. We have age-appropriate groups for children and young people (including crèche) on all Sundays except the second Sunday of the month, which is all age worship.
Come and join us to find out more!
We belong to the Baptist Union of Great Britain, uniting around 2000 churches working closely together across the country. We also belong to Churches Together in Kettering, and seek to play an active part in town-wide Christian worship and outreach.
Messy Church @ Fuller is back again on Sunday 25th November at 3:45pm.
Messy Church enables people of all ages to belong to Christ together through their local church. It is a way of being church which is particularly suited to families, but welcoming to all. It meets at a time and on a day that suits local families and is particularly aimed at people who have never belonged to a church before.
Messy Church is part of The Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF), a Registered Charity. www.brf.org.uk
For the first time in 11 years I was unable to travel to Cameroon this autumn. Prof Hesseling with whom I regularly travel had purchased his air tickets and our colleagues from Leeds General Infirmary had planned an itinerary. Six weeks ago Prof Pius Tih, Director of the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Service contacted us and said, “Don’t come. Travel within Cameroon is very dangerous: we do not want to be responsible for your safety”. We hope to visit the Baptist hospitals in late January 2019.
After World War I the League of Nations mandated control of former German Camerun to Britain and France. The present troubles date from this division, being a dispute between the francophone government and the anglophone West. After decades in which the English speakers in the West have been economically marginalised, the francophone government imposed the French penal code on West Cameroon in 2016. I was in Cameroon at the time. Lawyers protested in the streets . Many were brutalised and put in prison. Teachers went on strike and many schools in the West remain closed to this day. The anglophone secessionists armed themselves in response to violent crackdowns by government soldiers and the armed gendarmerie. In the north west there are curfews and frequent roadblocks by both the secessionists and by government forces. It is difficult for patients to get to hospital or to travel between our hospitals, all 3 of which are in the anglophone West. Prof Pius Tih has banned all outreach activity to protect our hospital staff.
I was last in Cameroon in February 2018. There follows a report for 2018 based around 4 old photos:
6 children all with Burkitt’s lymphoma on the ward of our smallest hospital, Mutengene in 2007
This photo bears similarities to one taken by Dennis Burkitt at Mulago Hospital in Uganda when he was first trying to treat the lymphoma in the early 1950’s. Although the numbers of new admissions of children with Burkitt’s lymphoma (BL) have fallen slightly in the last 3 years 60% of new admissions at our 3 Baptist hospitals are children with BL. We have treated about 1400 children since the programme began in 2003. Our results /outcomes (published) are probably the best in small hospitals in a resource limited setting – but at a cost of approx. £200 per patient as compared with £30,000 per patient in the UK. In the last 2 years our drug costs have increased exponentially - for several reasons, but mainly because one of our principal chemotherapy drugs, vincristine, is no longer donated and because we have treated several children with bone cancers and leukaemia. I met with the executives of our partner charity, World Child Cancer, in September and they volunteered to support us in the next financial year. This is a wonderful answer to prayer!
We have plans to start treating children with cancer at Mboppi Baptist Hospital in Douala, Cameroon’s second city in the francophone south. Our old friend, Dr Julie Stone, the only missionary doctor at Banso has been relocated to Mboppi because of the troubles.
Do you have a passion to serve God through the local church?
Fuller is a town centre Baptist Church with large premises and a heart to use them in serving our community for the glory of God. We’re looking for a key person to join our team to help us develop our premises and to build relationships that will help the church continue its witness and impact in central Kettering.
You have great organisational skills, experience of managing people and are motivated by your faith in Christ to use these gifts to help a local church flourish and grow.
We are seeking a part time Church Premises Manager to work alongside the church leadership to release the potential of our premises and further the mission and vision of Fuller Baptist Church.
Hours: 20 hours a week, preferably over 4 days
Pay range: £12,500 - £13,700 (£22 - £24K fte) depending on skills and experience
For more information and an application pack, please contact Rev Vicki Sokolowski
Postal Address: Fuller Baptist Church, 51 Gold Street, Kettering, NN16 8JB
Closing date for applications: Monday 10th December
Interviews week commencing Monday 7th January