The church has now reopened for communal worship on Sundays with some necessary restrictions in place. Some of those reading these words may not feel safe to return to worship with us physically. We completely understand this and please do not feel under any pressure to return.
The service is being filmed and placed on the Church’s You Tube channel every week, so you can join with us in this way ( see links in the 'service recordings'section of this website). Also, the Prayer Meetings ( Thursday 7pm) will continue on Zoom for the foreseeable future. (E mail us for details of how to join).
The Leadership Team have additionally decided, with great regret, that Friday Friends toddler group and Take A Break coffee morning will not reopen yet.
Below is the risk assessment upon which we have made our decision to open for worship:
Welcome to the website of South Ashford Baptist Church, a congregation which meets on Brookfield Road, Ashford. Please feel free to use the links to find out more about us. We are a family of friendly ordinary people of all ages who have recognised Jesus as our Saviour, and seek to live our lives under his Lordship.
Whoever you are, and wherever you’re from, you will always be very welcome to join us at SABC. We believe that God draws people from all nations and backgrounds to be part of His family, and we love to welcome those who move to our town from different parts of the world, and who are looking for a new spiritual home within a growing Christian family.
Our regular services are: Sunday morning worship: 10:30 am, every Sunday.
Prayer Meeting Thursday 7.30pm - and people's homes ( ring for venue) or at church ( 3rd Thursday).
To hire our facilities call Gerard on 07769997001 or see 'hiring our facilities' page. NB Only long term ( ongoing) hiring is available at present. No short term ( one off) hiring will be considered until further notice, because of the current pandemic situation.
For weddings, baby dedications, believer's baptisms and funerals please do contact the minister.
We understand life can be difficult and circumstances very challenging on occasion. However, please note that we do not give out food or money from the church premises.
That does not mean we don't care, though, or don't want to help you. We have extensive local contacts and are able to refer you on to those who can help.Sometimes this is via the Willow Centre Children's Centre behind us, sometimes, it is via other local churches who operate social action projects. Also, below you will find a list of agencies which can help:
For food: from the local Foodbank, to which this church donates. (Unit 14 Foster Road Connect 10 Ashford Business Park Ashford TN24 0FE Telephone: 01233 500477)
If you are homeless: from Ashford Borough Council (Civic Centre Tannery Lane or Gateway Plus, Church Road: ring 01233 330688 or out of hours 01233 629911)
For Benefits: From Jobcentre Plus (International House, Dover Place Ashford Tel 0345 604 3719)
For Medical advice/assistance out of surgery hours ring:
111 ( non -emergency) 999 (emergency)
For KCC Social Services assistance Telephone 03000 416161 ( during office hours) or 03000419191 ( outside office hours)
For Home Essentials in a Crisis: Kent County Council ‘Kent Together’ 03000 419292 or KSAS (Kent Support and Assistance Service) ( click this link)