Hearsall Baptist Church and Schoolrooms circ 1950 Our History

From 1944-52 the Rev

Albert Clement was our minister. The war drew to a close and peace returned to the country. Hearsall later installed a permanent memorial to those who lost their lives during the war, among whom was Jim Perry who was a church member and was lost over Germany serving in bomber command.

Now that war was over many activities became possible once more.

The 18-35 Discussion Group began and the Men’s meeting. The Youth Club flourished also a Young Wives meeting. Mr Clement encouraged our awareness of belonging to the Baptist Denomination and other Coventry Free Churches. He was a member of the Coventry Education Committee and was an outstanding chairman at meetings. His advice on procedure was much appreciated by fellow ministers. Mr Clement encouraged us to support the Baptist Missionary Society and was also a good Sunday School Leader.

1952-59 the Rev John Walmsley was minister, our first minister with a young family. Mr Walmsley emphasised the Fatherly love of God and the importance of Christian values in home life. Mrs Walmsley started Christian Endeavour meetings. Our famous landmark The Star was made, and the building of a church became a possibility. Much generous giving and fund raising followed.

Mr Walmsley gave valuable help to the building committee on aspects of church design. St. Andrew’s Free Church Home opened with good support from the church members. The Messenger was first produced in 1958, that’s another anniversary!