Church Life now plus Church History
Two services are held on Sundays, at 10.30am and 6.00pm. The morning service is of traditional format, with the Xplorers and Reality groups for younger attenders, and a monthly all-age worship occasion. Of a more varied nature, the evening service often includes praise services and has a café style of worship. L8R, a young people’s informal discussion, games and fun group follows the evening service.
But 'church' may also happen over a coffee and a chat; it may be through serious study or the enjoyment of the created world; it may be through song and music, play or prayer. The groups and activities in Holmes Chapel are all expressions of Church; some take place on a Sunday but most occur on other days of the week. They are all still ‘church’, for when we share concerns and hurts we are still praying; when we laugh and play we are still worshipping; when we discuss issues of faith and our world we are still growing as disciples.
The church has links with the local schools. In addition, with our Anglican and Roman Catholic friends, through Churches Together in Holmes Chapel, we present a combined witness to the community with a joint Christmas Card, joint Lent meetings, Good Friday Walk of Witness and, in a very practical way, with our Christian Communicare transport service. The congregation is highly supportive of charities, disaster appeals and specific projects.
A Short History
The congregation worshipping there through the years has reflected the changing nature of the village. The original support was from the local farming community, but as the agricultural land has been swallowed up under housing estates, the congregation came to be drawn from the occupiers of these homes.
In 2008, the remodelling of the church interior and the adding of an extension to provide extra rooms, was an example of going forth in faith after much thought, prayer, planning and giving. These facilities continue to improve our contact with the whole village as we endeavour to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.