New era starts for growing Quayside church

The first service at Woodbridge Quay Church. Rev Mark Hardingham on the stage.

The first service at Woodbridge Quay Church. Rev Mark Hardingham on the stage. - Credit: Archant

A Suffolk church has come full circle after returning to its historic home at a special service at the weekend.

Woodbridge Quay church has been meeting in the town’s Riverside Theatre while its historic building in Quay Street has been modernised and extended over the last year.

On Sunday the church, which is part of the Baptist Union, was able to move back into its own building.

The current church dates back to 1805 – although there had been a chapel on the site before then.

The move also marks a full circle for the Baptist congregation – who split from the original chapel in 1787. The Baptists and the United Reformed Church merged in 2006 to allow them to rebuild the Quay Street church.

Richard Clements from the Quay Church said: “It is wonderful to be back in the church – it does feel new but also that it is where we belong. We have been made welcome in the theatre, but it is good to be in our own home.”