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The History of Creech St Michael Baptist Church

Article written by Alec Barber, Ruishton

Introduction

1974 was the 150th Anniversary of the Zion Baptist Chapel when I wrote an article “The History of Zion Baptist Chapel” for “The Outlook” magazine.

Since then, and now almost 40 years later, I have asked many people many more questions and have learnt a lot more about the history of the Chapel.

The article published here on the Creech website is my research up to 2010.

My research continues and I welcome any more information, however small, and encourage you to contact me should you feel you can add to my findings in any way whatsoever.

There are eight sections to the article all clickable links below to detailed information pages:

Creech from 1641

Zion Chapel from 1816

Chapel Building from 1824

Ministers from 1816

Church Life

Sunday School and Societies

Snippets

Since 1974

About Alec Barber

Alec Barber

I was born in 1931 in Hove, Sussex. After a very undistinguished two years National Service (during which I left my appendix in Hong Kong) I found employment at London Transport headquarters for a couple of years. Commuting to London and courting Audrey was a strain, so I worked in the Southdown offices in Brighton for nine years.

In 1964 we moved to West Suffolk, where my boss spoke of me as the most hated man in the County – I was sorting out their school transport! It was 1971 that we moved to Ruishton – for a three year contract with the County Council dealing with public transport matters. We have been decaying here ever since!

Audrey and I have almost forgotten our Golden Wedding now! We have a son in Bath and Judith, our daughter, went to Creech St Michael Primary School. In May 2011 she was in Cameroon with her family, where they are involved in Bible Translation. We have six grandchildren, three in each family. I was retired by the County Council about two decades ago.

I recently observed the sixtieth anniversary of my first preaching engagement which was up in Yorkshire, but there are many churches from Margate to Black Country and from East Anglia to the Devon border where I have preached. If you wish, you can explore my ideas on my website www.agabus.co.uk

Church History has always been a side-issue, but as with Public Transport, the inter-action of social issues is interesting.

Acknowledgements

I am grateful for the helpful suggestions which have been made by Dr. R.W.Dunning, the editor of the Victoria County History of Somerset; for the courteous help of the staff of the County Records Office, the staff of the Somerset County Gazette and of the Librarian of the Bristol Baptist College.

Thank you
Alec Barber

Article copyright Alec Barber of Ruishton, May 2011