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 a fabulous  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 50 adults at various stages in life. 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 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 Staplehurst 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 know 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 know Jesus and grow in a personal relationship with Him


How our beliefs impact our church!


We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, and that God can and does speak to those who wish to hear Him through it, by the power of the Holy Spirit today.

We believe in the Trinity of God, that He is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This can be a difficult concept to grasp. One of the easiest ways to understand it is to think of water! Water can be viewed in three different states, as a liquid, a solid in the form of ice or a gas in the form of steam. All three forms are acknowledged to be water but reflect different aspects of it, so it is with God.

Through our lives, both collectively as a church but also individually, we aim to reflect God’s love for the world, although as humans we acknowledge we do not always get it right! But that is where the power of God’s forgiveness comes in! To learn more please read on….

A God Based Church

Devoted to knowing, loving and seeking to obey the Lord.

In Mark 12 verses 29 to 30 Jesus quotes Deuteronomy 6 verse 5 “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” and says that this is the first and greatest command. God is to be our number 1 priority. When this is true in our lives, other aspects of the trinity will naturally flow out from this, as an expression of our love for the Lord.

A Jesus shaped church

Jesus’ life on earth was characterised by relationships with others as well as with God. We aim to show our love of Jesus by loving others. This can take many forms but essentially is about caring and serving one another, along with sharing, teaching and growing in our knowledge, faith and love of Jesus together.

At Jesus’ last meal with his disciples before his death and resurrection, he gave them a new commandment, “A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13 verses 34 to 35)

One of Jesus’ disciples John, later wrote to the churches and explained that Jesus’ sacrificial death is the best possible example of love. “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us…..dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3 16 & 18)

Whilst most of us will not be called to die for others (we hope!), we do try and show love for one another through our relationships, both within the church and outside of it.




A Holy Spirit driven church
A church intentionally sharing the good news that, “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned.” (John 3 v16 – 18)

The last instruction Jesus gave to his disciples before he ascended to heaven was, “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 verses 19 – 20). Introducing others to Jesus is intentionally choosing to obey Jesus’ instruction. The gift of the Holy Spirit is the means by which Jesus is with us and helps us in our daily lives TODAY.

In Mark 12 verse 31 Jesus quoted part of Leviticus 19 verse 18, “The second [commandment] is this: “Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these [two].” If we love others as ourselves, then we will want to share the most important person in our lives – which is Jesus. The greatest gift anyone can ever receive is salvation, a new life with Jesus now and forever.

Jesus promises us that all who turn to him in faith will be saved.

No ifs! No buts!

A genuine gift: a promise of a life with Him forever, both now and after our death.
In John 10 verse 9 & 10 Jesus said, “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved…….I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

This promise is for YOU!

Intrigued? Interested?

If you would like further information on how to know Jesus for yourself please contact the church either by phone: 01580 893 993 or email:info@staplehurstfreechurch.org.uk


OUR INTERIM LEADERSHIP TEAM

Due to recent changes in our church life and ministry, the Lord has directed us to form an Interim Leadership Team until he raises up a new group of leaders from within the fellowship.



Our current team

Terence Hawgood

Elder & Chair of Trustees

Clive Jones

Interim Leadership Team member & former pastor of SFC

Bob Howse

Deacon & Trustee

Kate Henry

Interim Leadership Team member

Mary Howse

Interim Leadership Team member

Roger Bashford

Treasurer

Maggie Martin

Administrator


SERVICE TIMES

Every Sunday at 10.30am and 6.30pm
All age family services on the 1st Sunday morning of the month
Other Sundays include adult teaching and communion with children attending age appropriate sessions


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 yards on the left. If you are coming from the Cranbrook direction, we are on your right about 400 yards after the traffic lights at the crossroads. The church itself is set back from the road with car parking available in front of the church but this can make us easy to miss! To help find us at night look out for the red reflective triangles on either side of the gateposts.


WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Our church has a 'come as you are' atmosphere. The church and the Lord are more interested in you than in what you wear! The Bible says ``People look on the outward appearance but the Lord looks on the heart``.