WHO WE ARE

ABOUT OUR CHURCH


OUR HISTORY

It all started back in 1969 when a group of like-minded Christians started meeting in homes throughout the village.  However, as the group grew, so did the need for space!  So the first church building was purchased in 1975 and was in front of Tall Tree Lodge – the former home of Robert and Marion Taylor.  Robert, being the leader of the church at the time.

As the church continued to grow, in 1989 it was time to move again, so the old Village Hall was purchased just over the road from Tall Tree Lodge.  The building served us for many years until it was eventually demolished in 2006 (having been built in 1925).  Staplehurst Primary School and the United Reformed Church were amazing and let us use their buildings until we completed our current building in December 2012.  Our new building is an amazing multi-purpose space which allows us to offer a diverse range of activities – from prayer meetings and Sunday services, right through to working with children with learning difficulties and all age badminton.

The church is of course the people, not the building, and we currently have a vibrant group of approximately 100 adults and 30 young people.  So why not join us and be part of the story moving forward.



WHO WE ARE


We are an independent, evangelical church, affiliated to the Evangelical Alliance and adhere to their Basis of Faith.


We are a growing family of Christians who live to see the world impacted through the tangible love and power of the living God.

A place where you are welcome, whether having been in relationship with Jesus for many years, or you are seeking to explore more about God for the first time.  At Free Church we want people to be able to grow in their understanding of God in a relaxed, comfortable and enjoyable way through a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.  The messages (or sermons) are practical, biblical and relevant to our modern lives.  The worship music is contemporary and upbeat and led from the front by our worship team.

Our desire is for church to be fun, informative and life-changing for the entire family, a church where people of any age or background feel welcome and enjoy a great time experiencing God’s love.  A church that builds families and individuals alike and a place where everyone can experience Jesus!

We have a passion to serve our community and this is backed up by a depth and breadth of activities designed to have a positive impact in our community and wherever else we have the opportunity to contribute.



OUR VISION

enabling everyone to experience Jesus


OUR 2017 VISION

SSSS…Start….Stop…Support….Soar!

“S – Start!”

Revelation 21:5 – He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’

  • Every journey starts with a first step. God is making – EVERYTHING NEW – that means me and you and the Free Church too.   Keep moving forward together and be prepared to embrace the new!

“S – Stop!”

Isaiah 43:18-19 – 18 ‘Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

  • To embrace the new, we need to let go of the former things. Sometimes we need to stop what is good, to embrace what is greater. Keep the best – ditch the rest!



“S – Support!”

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 – 12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.

John 13:34-35 –34 ‘A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.’

  • Support one another – Always remember you are a family, not an organisation! In a family, parents need support just as much as children. In a church, leaders need support just as much as everyone else.

Above all, love each other deeply . . .” I Peter 4:8

“S – Soar!”

Isaiah 40:28-31 – 28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

  • The bible says as we trust in the Lord we will overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom 15:13). You are destined to reign, so look forward with great hope and excitement. You are sons and daughters of the King, so soar together and enjoy the adventure!

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

TERENCE HAWGOOD

ELDER & TRUSTEE

ROGER BASHFORD

ELDER

Steve Parsons

Elder

MAGGIE MARTIN

TREASURER & DEACON

BOB HOWSE

DEACON & TRUSTEE

PAUL DAVEY

DEACON

Sophie Hawkes

Deacon


SERVICE TIMES

Every Sunday at 10.30am and 6.30pm
All age family services on 1st and 3rd Sunday mornings


WHERE WE MEET

Staplehurst Free Church
Station Road, Staplehurst
Kent TN12 0QQ


HOW DO I GET THERE?

We are on the A229 - coming from Maidstone we are just over the station bridge and then 200 yrds on the left


WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Our church has a 'come as you are' atmosphere. You will see the Pastor in jeans so be yourself.