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Evangelical Free Church
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The Evangelical Church was founded by a group of people who had broken away from the Tonbridge Baptist Church.  For a time, they had held their services above a shop in the High Street.  By 1912, they had purchased land in Douglas Road and had a church built (below).  At that time it was called Douglas Road Mission Church.  In 1920, it became known as an Independent Church.

Exterior of the church building in Douglas Road

For most of these years, Pastor Palmer was in charge.  By 1946, Pastor Palmer was over 80 years of age and the church was in decline.  Pastor Rogers then took over the church and it began to flourish again.  The Sunday School catered for over 200 children.

In 1954, the church changed its name again to the Evangelical Free Church, as it is known today.  It is affiliated to the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (F.I.E.C.).

Services take place every Sunday morning.  The church also offers activities for children with its 'Babes and Toddlers' group, Kingfisher Club for 5 to 9 year olds and Friday Club for 10+ years.  All these children's activities are held on weekdays.  There is also a Sunday Club held at the same time as the Sunday service, which is for children of all ages.

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