Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ page). Below, we have tried to answer the most common questions visitors to this our Web site may have.
What is a Congregational Church?
Well, itís a main stream Christian church. Christian because it believes that JESUS IS LORD and that we enter into a personal relationship with Him. Church because itís a gathering of people, not a particular building. (Our building is a Chapel).
Weíre a non-conformist Church, that is we donít follow the practices of the Anglican or Catholic Churches, their prayer books, offices or calenders. In practice we are most similar to Baptist Churches with whom we share a joint heritage.
We have no hierarchy, the authority under Christ is given to each local church to govern itís own affairs. We have no Bishops or other spiritual or secular authorities to answer to. The Minister, or Pastor as I prefer to be called, is answerable first to God, then to the Church meeting. Our qualifications and ordination are equivalent to those of ministers of any other denomination.
Members of our churches are there by calling and choice, not by birth. We make no distinction, except in the governance of the church, between members and non-members, the Lordís Table is open to all, of any age, who profess fellowship with the Lord and us.
We are part of a free association of similarly minded churches under the Congregational Federation which provides training and administrative support as well as the opportunity to share our concerns and priorities at National assemblies. We also are part of a more localised group called the Eastern Area of the Federation which covers Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.
All activities in our church conform to Churches
Child Protection Advisory Service guidelines