Catalogue ReferenceD/N30
TitleRecords of Kerith Community Church, Bracknell, formerly Bracknell Family Church, formerly Bracknell Baptist Church
DescriptionSummary

CHURCH ADMINISTRATION: church meeting minutes, 1881-1984; Church Members' Fellowship Night minutes, 1985-1989; Church Family Night minutes, 1990-1994; constitution, n.d. [c.1980s].

DEACONS: minutes, 1924-1981.

ELDERS: minutes, 1981-1989.

COMMITTEES: Extension Committee minutes, 1966-1967; Finance Meeting papers, 1991-2003.

TREASURER: accounts, 1921-1984; statements of accounts, 1921-1930, 1964-2004 (incomplete).

PROPERTY RECORDS: minutes of Friends of Bracknell Baptist Church [trustees], 1983-1995; College Hall Management Committee minutes, 1993-1995; abstract of title to church site, 1889; photocopies of title deeds, 1929, 1967; fabric papers, 1889-1891, 1910, 1964-1999; building fund accounts, c.1891; extension fund accounts, 1965-1973; Friends of Bracknell Baptist Church annual statements of accounts, 1984/5-1994/5; letter relating to trust deed, 1904; submission to support bank loan for new church, 1987.

CHURCH ORGANISATIONS: Sunday School photograph, 1960s, and design proofs for leaflets, 1984.

REGISTRATION AND MEMBERSHIP: baptisms, 1886-1973; dedications of children, 1942-1958; membership register, 1881-1889; membership rolls, 1886-1975; papers relating to weddings, n.d. [c.1979]-1992.

SERVICE OF THE CHURCH: covenant, 1886; certificates of registration for worship and marriages, 1907.

MINISTER: papers relating to induction of Revd Ben Davies, 1960, 1964.

CHARITIES: benevolent fund accounts, 1948-1971.

PUBLICATIONS: magazines and newsletters, 1967-2010; leaflets, 1966-2003; directory, 1984; Church Family Night information sheets, 1991.

OTHER BODIES: extracts from Berkshire Baptist Association minutes, 1911-1966; copy applications to Baptist Union Home Work Fund, 1965-1972.

MISCELLANEOUS: trowels used at stonelaying, 1891, and topping out, 1989; histories of church, c.1952, c.1974; scrap book, 1973-1976; photographs, n.d. [c.1973]-1990; papers relating to centenary celebrations, 1984-1987.
Date1881-2010
RepositoryBerkshire Record Office (code: GB 005)
LevelFonds
Extent31 vols, 72 bdls, 13 docs, 1 box, 1 item
Admin HistoryIntroduction

Bracknell Baptist Church was formed in 1881 by a group of Calvinistic Baptists who had previously worshipped at Bracknell Congregational Church. They initially met at the Reading Room, The Terrace, Bracknell, the services being led by students from Spurgeon's College.

They were officially organised as a church in November 1886. The first church building in Rochdale Road, Bracknell, opened in 1892. Following its compulsory purchase in 1968 as part of the development of Bracknell New Town, a new church was built in Church Road, Bracknell. Rapid growth ensued, and between 1985 and 1989 worship took place at Wick Hill Hall. In November 1989 the church moved to the Kerith Centre, a new church large enough to seat 1,000, which was owned by a separate organisation, the Friends of Bracknell Baptist Church, on a site adjoining the previous church, and adopted the new name of Bracknell Family Church.

In 2000 the church's name was changed to Kerith Community Church.
AcquisitionDeposited in July 1996 (acc. 5851); August 2010 (acc. 8649); February 2019 (acc. 10489)

Schedule of accessions
Acc.5851 : 1/2/1-8; 2/1/1-5; 4/1/1; 5/1/1-5; 5/2/1; 6/2/1-4; 6/3/1-7; 6/4/1-4; 6/5/1; 7/1/1; 8/1/1; 8/2/1-3; 9/3/1-2; 10/1; 11/1/1; 12/1/1-20; 12/2/1; 13/1-2; 14/1-3
Acc. 8649 : 1/2/9; 2/1/6; 3/1/1; 4/2/1-5; 5/1/6-7; 5/2/2; 6/1/1-2; 6/3/8-19; 6/4/5-7; 6/5/2-5; 7/1/2; 8/3/1; 12/1/21-22; 12/2/2-5; 14/4-8
Acc. 10489 : 14/9
ArrangementClassification scheme: Non-conformist churches

[This scheme shows how the collection is arranged. This collection does not include every type of record in the scheme. See the summary for records included in this collection.]

1 Church administration
1/1 Church book
1/2 Church meeting minutes
1/3 General correspondence & administrative files
1/4 Papers presented to Church meeting
1/5 Miscellaneous

2 Deacons
2/1 Minutes
2/2 Miscellaneous

3 Elders
3/1 Minutes
3/2 Miscellaneous

4 Committees
4/1 Minutes
4/2 Miscellaneous

5 Treasurer
5/1 Accounts
5/2 Statements of accounts
5/3 Miscellaneous

6 Property records
6/1 Trustees minutes
6/2 Title deeds
6/3 Fabric papers
6/4 Accounts
6/5 Miscellaneous

7 Church Organisations
7/1 Sunday School
7/2 Others

8 Registration and membership
8/1 Registers
8/2 Membership registers and lists
8/3 Miscellaneous

9 Service of the Church
9/1 Service registers
9/2 Orders of service
9/3 Miscellaneous

10 Minister

11 Charities
11/1 General or united charities
11/2 Specific named charities

12 Publications
12/1 Magazines
12/2 Miscellaneous

13 Other bodies

14 Miscellaneous
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