After the Second World War, Tyndale Baptist Church in Bristol planted two new churches, one in Westbury-on-Trym, and the other on the new Lawrence Weston Estate. Half a century later, Lawrence Weston Baptist Church had only eight elderly members, whereas Westbury-on-Trym was considering church planting.
Instead of planting a new congregation, they approached the secretary at Lawrence Weston about helping them out.
This was the beginning of a story of risk and renewal. Over the next few years, God prompted a variety of people from North Bristol's larger Baptist Churches to get involved at Lawrence Weston. One of the ministers from Westbury, Sheila Cooper, was seconded there on a six month trial, and she is still serving there now. Re:source's first volunteer, Mary Clark, moved to Lawrence Weston from Cairns Road Baptist Church, and was followed by six others who felt called to help inject new hope into this small fellowship. Between them, they have begun an after school club, a toddler group, and a homework club. But there's much more to the Lawrence Weston Story than a list of new groups using the church. In this video clip, Emily James tells part of her story: