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Bar Hill Church Centre, Hanover Close, Bar Hill, Cambridge CB23 8EH 01954 206120 Minister: Reverend Charles Mather
Many churches in Great Britain have a story that stretches over hundreds of years. Bar Hill's history extends over forty years or so. The first residents arrived in May 1967, and plans for a church for the new village began four years before that. From the beginning the aim was to include members of all the main Christian denominations.
In the early years there was a team of two part-
A house in Acorn Avenue was provided for the Free Church minister by a private donor. The church in Bar Hill first met there for worship, then in a builders' hut. Meanwhile funds were raised for a building, with a target of £126,000. In reaching that, much help was received from the community and local churches. In 1971 work began on the Octagon. When completed a year later it had a worship hall, a chapel (now a kitchen) and a meetings room.
The pattern of ministry changed in 1980, when it was decided that for the growing village the part-
By 1986 it was clear that the church had outgrown its building. For a few years services were held in the school because the congregation could no longer fit into the Octagon. Fund raising began for the present Worship Hall. The first phase was completed in 1991 at a cost of £682,000. Phase 2, the kitchen and toilets, was added in early 1995.
Over the years there have been many changes. The things that matter remain the same: members of the partnering denominations, and others, continue to worship and witness together. The members continue to serve the community and now work towards our new aim of being a mission-
The full story of the church's first thirty years is told in From Experiment to Experience, a 64-