Our Story

Halling Baptist Church has been around for over 116 years. It has witnessed great times of joy with many coming to the Lord in faith and repentance and being baptized. It is well remembered by many for it’s ever so well attended Sunday School meetings. It has also gone through times of difficulty and testing, enduring through 2 World Wars and the Great Depression.

Halling Baptist Church was established and built in 1898 by workers from the Halling Cement Works as an alternative place of worship for those who wished to attend a Nonconformist meeting place.

Rochester_news_Halling_Chapel_1In 1898 the new chapel was built and was attended by 22 members and 200 children. The “Chatham & Rochester News” of June 22 1898 reported the celebration of the first anniversary of the formation of the church. Among many guest speakers in it’s early days, there featured the Rev. Charles Spurgeon (Greenwich), the son of the great Victorian preacher.

Originally, the church belonged to the Baptist Union. In the early 1970s, however, the church, in common with a number of other Baptist churches, withdrew from the Union, mainly due to an increasing accommodation to liberal theology which was contrary to the best interests of the gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

God has preserved a witness of His saving truth at Halling, which to this day presents the full gospel of God’s saving love. It is to God, therefore, above all else, that we offer our sincere thanks for His grace and mercy in faithfully upholding the work of this chapel, despite all its difficulties and trials, over the course of the years.

In 2008, the church joined the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) and in 2013 the Grace Baptist Partnership began to provide support in order to strengthen the work.

You can find more about our beliefs by clicking on: What We Believe