Church on the Weald was planted in 2012 by a small group of people who had the same vision that we have today: to reach the Weald with the love and good news of Jesus Christ. Since then we have grown, with people joining us from villages and towns across the Weald. These include Tenterden, Biddenden, Headcorn, Cranbrook, High Halden, Woodchurch, Appledore, Sandhurst, Wittersham, Robertsbridge, and more! We all gather together at Tenterden Leisure Centre on Sunday mornings, and meet in smaller groups in different communities during the week. Although there may only be one or two people or families in a village, our vision is to eventually see a mid-week small group meeting in each of those places for prayer, support of one another, and ultimately making a real difference to that community. We have already seen miracles of God’s healing and provision for those in our church family and beyond, and wonderful examples of loving and caring for one another through difficult times. We look forward to seeing this happening more and more.
We have also begun to meet some of the needs in the Weald through our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes. Our heart is to extend this work to other areas; perhaps through supporting people with money management or creating spaces for those who are lonely to come together and meet others.
There are a number of prophetic words from God that have been spoken over Church on the Weald – that children and families are to be very important in all that we do, that we will be a place for broken people to come and be welcome, and that we will be a resource base for the nations! These are exciting words, and while we don’t know exactly how they will be worked out in the future, we continue to ask God what our next steps should be and are confident that He will provide for us.
If any of this resonates with you and your story, we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are pleased to be one of the Relational Mission family of churches, which in turn is one of the groups of churches that make up Newfrontiers. You can find more information about them here, but the Relational Mission name says it all – we are united in deep, genuine relationships by our core values, and are on mission together in a broken world. This also ensures we remain accountable as a church by inviting in and being served by Ephesians 4 ministries. We also keep connected with apostolic vision through attending regular meetings, conferences and also enjoying life together.
God made it very clear through numerous prophetic words and also through our shared heart that we were to be a place for the broken and hurting to find rest and ultimately restoration. This has a particular emphasis on children and youth. We therefore believe God is calling us to be trained and equipped to help anyone who may come through our doors. Furthermore, we know we are to go out into the community to find and help those who are isolated and alone and to help them regain confidence and find genuine loving community and friendship.
Another word we have is that we will be a resource base to the nations and already we are finding God joining our hearts with many others across the globe who are keen to work together to see the reign and rule of Christ extended. We believe we will be a church that plants other churches and therefore are working towards developing a training base where leaders and pioneers alike can be equipped to go to the ends of the earth. But it doesn’t end there. We believe we are called to support those that are sent out with: regular visits, prayer and even finance. This is a big vision but we have a big God who can easily make this possible.
God has spoken and given us a very clear vision to reach all of the towns and villages across our part of the Weald and ultimately to see at least a life group serving every one of those places. We will do this by ensuring we equip and serve each person to be salt and light in their communities.
We are a church that…
Communicates the gospel through our words, works and wonders. We are convinced of God’s power to save and endeavour to communicate the love of God wherever we go.
Encourages and equips everyone to be an effective witness and to fulfil the church’s call to reach our locale and beyond, to the very ends of the earth.
Is regularly committed to the teaching and preaching of the Bible.
Actively seeks after and prizes: God’s presence, leading and the gifts of the Spirit. Encourages freedom in worship and body ministry.
Are assured of the grace of God in our lives and the full promises of God for our lives.
Is a loving community caring for the needs of one another and convinced of the need to meet together in larger gatherings (Sundays) and smaller settings during the week.
Encourages its believers to be baptised in water and in the Holy Spirit.
Highly values Biblical family life, where husband and wife embrace male servant leadership and joyful female submission, where Godly parenting is taught and practised and where the special value of singleness and its unique opportunities are affirmed.
Is led by elders (servant-leaders) who are ordained by the Holy Spirit and recognised and confirmed through apostolic ministry and who care for the church.
Is committed to prayer.
Endeavours to engage fully with apostolic mission and vision. This includes welcoming recognised Ephesian 4 ministries for our encouragement and accountability.
Practices the scriptures teaching for us to hold no prejudice in how we relate across cultures, races and sexes.
Actively engages with the local community, being salt and light wherever we go and building good relationships with other churches and organisations.