In 2011 the congregation meeting at the Baptist Chapel in Harpole voted to move their main meeting place to the new St Crispin's Estate in order to reach out in this new area. The Baptist Chapel was used less and less until finally the congregation (who renamed themselves as Forefront Church) decided to make the move permanent. The Baptist Union therefore deemed the Chapel redundant and at the end of 2019 were about to sell it, but when a number of former members of the church discovered this they were horrified.
Since then Harpole Baptist Church has reformed with 20 members, and now meets regularly at Harlestone Village Institute on Sunday afternoons. We have applied to the Baptist Union to re-open the chapel so it can be used once again for the worship of God and the proclamation of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. That is the purpose for which it was built in 1828, and we want to see it used once again in order to fulfil its purpose. With the population of Harpole expected to expand from 2,000 to 9,000 over the next 10 years, it will have enormous opportunities to fulfil this calling..
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