Itinerary ideas: Baptist Heritage Group Tour

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Baptist Heritage Group Tour

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This tour shows how the Baptist tradition began with the puritan separatists. It is remarkable that so many of the ‘second generation’ came from the villages of east Lincolnshire. Individual Days can be accommodated from this tour, please get in touch.

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Region: England

Length: 3 days / 2 nights

Transport options: Vehicle Hire

Start and End: Flexible

Price: Please enquire for prices

Inclusions: 2 nights B&B and hotel, car hire with insurance, Entrance fees, Guides, sightseeing bus, Info Pack, maps, taxes, fees and financial protection.

Exclusions: GPS system, meals other than breakfast, optional activities unless stated, Flights, Tips, Visa's

Baptist Heritage Group Tour Itinerary


Day 1: Worksop - Babworth - Retford - Askham - Sturton - Gainsborough Old Hall Maybe evening fellowship with Retford Baptist Church

Tour shows how the Baptist tradition began with the puritan separatists. We visit Askham where Thomas Helwys, who founded the first English Baptist church, was born and then we go to Sturton - where John Smyth, the man who baptised him, was born. Then we visit the Tudor mansion at Gainsborough; perhaps Smyth held worship here, but he certainly had a church in the town and later Hanserd Knollys became a separatist after talking with an old woman here. Gainsborough was also the home of Thomas Cooper, famous 19th century Baptist preacher.

Day 2: (Boston) - Monksthorpe - Willoughby/Alford - Bilsby - Lincoln and cemetery

It is remarkable that so many of the ‘second generation’ came from the villages of east Lincolnshire. This visit allows us to explore the controversy between General and Particular Baptists and the involvement of John Cotton, Ann Hutchinson and Hanserd Knollys – all from east Lincolnshire. We also visit the very ancient Baptist chapel at Monksthorpe with its outside baptistery. We reflect on Thomas Grantham, the local leader of the Baptist Church for a generation in the late 1600s and author of a very significant work. Bilsby – where John Wheelwright was priest before being ejected and going to America. Perhaps we can even visit Anderby, where God spoke to Hanserd Knollys.

Day 3: Leicester - Bedford - Nothants.

Learn more about the key figures in teh early Baptist tradition: - William Carey Museum, Leicester - John Bunyan Museum, Bedford - Option to stay at and visit the Rock UK Centre in Northants. William Carey was the founder of the first missionary society – the BMS.

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