Gorleston Baptist Church – the story so far

gorleston baptist tabernacle 1876 to 1941It all began in 1868 when members of the Great Yarmouth Park Baptist Church who lived in Gorleston thought it worth holding a Sunday afternoon service in the town.

This new plant began at the Oddfellows Hall and so successful were those first services they were quickly extended to Sunday evenings as well.

From 1872 negotiations were going on to have a building of their own which resulted in the old church (Gorleston Baptist Tabernacle) which was opened in 1876.

The early years were a struggle as they attempted to pay off the mortgage but then help from the Baptist Union put the church on its feet. Steady progress and a growing Sunday School followed.

After the First World War in the 1920’s the debts were cleared and the church began to increase its giving to the Baptist Missionary Society and the Home Mission. Steady growth continued until the Second World War when many were called to serve in the forces.

Then in June 1941 the church building was destroyed in a German bomb attack along with the Tramways Pub opposite. All that remains of the old building is the wooden First World War memorial.

The church used both Stradbroke First School and then the former Nile Road Methodist Church as temporary homes until the new and present building opened on July 18th 1951. The Sunday School marched from Nile Road to their new home with the cry of “we are going home”.


The church built up again after the war and enjoyed great support which continues to the present day.

1966-1982 - Stanley Miller

In recent times GBC has been structurally modernised inside and out, with this also being reflected in the worship and services. Long gone are the church pipe organ, pews and hymns … replaced by a worship band, modern songs of worship but with some of the best old hymns still resounding around the now old new Gorleston Baptist Church.

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And so the story goes full circle … 130 years after Gorleston Baptist was planted we planted a new church at Cliff Park Middle School.

History of Gorleston Baptist Church – more articles

History of Gorleston Baptist Church – introduction
GBC Leaders though the years
Gorleston Baptist Church History 1868 – 1951