We are a growing church of around 60 adults and 20 children, and we believe that as a church we are big enough to make a difference and small enough to care. We share a Vicar with our neighbours in Highfield, and are exploring ways we can work together to build on the strengths of both churches to reach out to the people of Portswood.
As Christians we believe our mission is to imagine how our local area would look if we let God be in control and to work towards that vision. A place where everyone is valued, included and cared for. A place where we can share both joy and sorrow, and God-given creativity is encouraged and celebrated. A place where life is truly lived. We want to help change lives and bring hope.
How we make it happen
Connecting People with God
This can be through weekly services on a Sunday, a monthly Messy Church where we make things particularly accessible for the young, or regular prayer meetings to meet with God. It could mean writing a prayer in our book, and trusting that we’ll share that prayer for you. Or it could mean dropping into our beautiful old building and spending some time in a way that makes sense to you.
Connecting People with Each Other
Each week we run a drop-in for adults and all are welcome. We run a lunch club for the older members of the community, and Drumbeats, a story and song group for pre-schoolers and their parents. And we’ve always got people who will visit those who need it whether that’s for Holy Communion or just the need to chat.
Our community is made of people of different ages and at different stages of life. We believe in supporting the youngest, and as well as the various church-based activities we offer, we’re proud that we continue to host a community pre-school in our buildings ensuring the best start for our children. Many of our community are young and single, and we’re trying to listen to discover how we can help them build stronger relationships within the local community.
We’ve had the fantastic privilege of hosting a local arts festival celebrating arts of many different kinds from the musical and visual to dance and theatre. Our building is an artwork in itself, designed by George Gilbert Scott. Over the years we’ve hosted events ranging from pop music to classical, theatre to spoken word. Our aim is to renew and develop the building so it’s shared as widely as possible by the whole community.
Being Part of the Bigger Picture
We support local charities including Street Pastors who offer comfort and help to night workers, clubbers and the homeless,Waterfall who support women to overcome addiction, and Safe Families for Children who help struggling families. We’re supporting Christian Aid to reach out to refugees and those in need around the world, and a friend of ours who is working with orphans in Kenya. It also means we’re looking to have a positive impact on the environment.