The Baptist fellowship which was to become Carey Baptist Church was established over 150 years ago in 1854. The following year they bought and moved into our current buildings on Pole Street in the centre of Preston. (The church building itself dates back to 1810 when it was built for the Countess of Huntingdon’s Methodist Connexion).
The church operated under the name Pole Street Baptist Chapel until 1902 when it took the name Carey Baptist Church in honour of the great Baptist Missionary William Carey.
The world has changed enormously since Alexander Birnie preached his first message at Pole Street: back then the young Queen Victoria was on the throne, Britain was fighting the Crimean war leading that same year to the battle of Balaklava and the infamous charge of the light brigade.
In Baptist life a twenty year old Charles Haddon Spurgeon had just received a call to pastor New Park Street in Southwark. No one living at that time could have guessed what the next 150yrs would hold for the wider world, and few amongst that small fellowship of Baptist believers would have been able to predict what that same period would hold in store for their new church.
Carey attracts new families and sees new people come to faith in Jesus. In 2014 we completed a major renovation of our worship area.
We are thankful to God for the ways he has been blessing us over the years. As a fellowship we continue to trust in this faithful God as we look toward the future, having the confidence, in William Carey’s words, to attempt great things for God and expect great things from God.
“Ask the former generation and find out what their ancestors learned, for we were born only yesterday and know nothing, and our days on earth are but a shadow. Will they not instruct you and tell you? Will they not bring forth words from their understanding?