WHO WE ARE
In June 2011 Rev Tony Heywood was appointed as a Team Vicar with a particular focus on the Abbey Estate and seeking, under God, to establish a church community there. Over the course of 2011/12 we held a few one-off church events and then in October 2012 we started to have a monthly church service. Over the course of that year, the core congregation consolidated and, since October 2013, we have met weekly. Initially we gathered in the Arts' Centre of Bishop's School and then from September 2016 in the main school hall. We have experienced many answers to prayer as the Lord has generously provided every detail and resource we have needed as we seek to serve Him.
We aren't religious. For us, church is all about authentic relationships - both with God and each other. Our church family is made up of a wide range of people from all sorts of different backgrounds. God is at work among us, to unite us under the Lord Jesus Christ and with one another. It's messy but it's great!
As a Church Family we long to:
Sharing the life-giving message of Jesus and serving our local community
Helping each other grow in love and maturity as we listen to God speak to us through His Word and by His Spirit into our lives and the life of the church
Equipping every Christian to serve Jesus for a lifetime in the power of the Spirit
'For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.' 2 Corinthians 4:5
'It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.' Ephesians 4:11-13
'Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:18-20