An Introduction to Christchurch


Who we are

The local Baptist and Methodist churches on Clarendon Park Road joined together in the early 1990’s to form what is now Christchurch (technically this is called a Local Ecumenical Partnership, or LEP). There are over 200 people attached to the church in one capacity or another. Nowadays we seldom think of ourselves as Baptists or Methodists and those who come reflect a much broader range of backgrounds; we try to draw on the best of both traditions.

What we believe

We subscribe to the traditional statements of faith of the Christian Church, and faith is very important to us. There is a broad range of views on most subjects however, and we celebrate this. We encourage people to think for themselves and have the freedom to take part in informed debate rather than being told what they must believe.

Our core values are summed up in our mission statement, which reads:

‘We, the people of Christchurch Clarendon Park, commit ourselves through worship and service to our part in God’s mission, sharing in the movement of God’s love throughout the whole inhabited earth.’

In pursuing this mission we try: –

  • To help people of all ages to hear and respond to the call of God, to follow Jesus, to grow in faith and to exercise their ministry under the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit
  • To tell the Good News of Jesus Christ in as many different ways as possible
  • To serve our community
  • To support the Church in its total world mission
  • To work for justice, peace and a proper stewardship of the earth