For over 180 years, our present Association has stood true to the doctrines as set out in the Articles of Faith. There are currently 27 member Churches, each one witnessing to the truths of the gospel of God's grace.
Annual meetings were established where sermons were preached, and Association business was transacted. They were also excellent occasions for like minded believers to enjoy fellowship. The meetings became so popular that host Churches could no longer cope with the large numbers. In 1830, a tent was used, and in 1847, the tent could accommodate 2000 worshippers. By 1870, it was reported that as many as 3,500 were present.
In 1986, the name of the Association became "Association of Grace Baptist Churches (East Anglia), bringing uniformity with our sister Associations in the South East and East Midlands.
The leading objectives of the Association are to promote The Word of God and our Articles of Faith with a view to the peace and prosperity of the Churches and the glory of God; to cultivate a spirit of love and sympathy with each other, and spiritual communion with our ascended Lord; to render mutual assistance by counsel, prayer and other means; and to further the Kingdom of The Lord Jesus Christ as opportunity and ability be given by God's grace.
The work of the Association is carried out by a number of committees:
a). The Executive
This provides leadership in the missional, spiritual and pastoral issues connected with our association. It comprises all the pastors and elders in the member churches plus a representative from each church that does not have a pastor or elder and also the directors of the Association.
b). The Directors
The Board of Directors are responsible for matters concerning the Limited Company, such as Trust matters and finance.
c). Evangelism and outreach Sub-
This is responsible for organising training events and helping to resource churches for outreach.
d). Annual Meetings Sub-
This arranges the Annual Meetings.
e). Fellowship of Youth
This organises joint activities for young people.
f). Grace Baptist Women's Fellowship
This provides fellowship between the ladies’ meetings and arranges some joint events.
The Association of Grace Baptist Churches (East Anglia) Ltd is a Registered Charity (No. 250733), is limited by guarantee and registered in England No. 247342 (incorporated in 1930).
The registered office is:
Stowmarket Baptist Church, Bury Street, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1HF
The aims of the Association are
To promote fellowship between churches in
Guarding the truth together
Calling upon God together
for our mutual encouragement and the cultivation of a spirit of love and sympathy, for the glory of God
Administrator: Peter Green -