The precise origin has been lost to time, but founded in around 1790 we have records going back to 1840, with references to the already established group before then. They were exciting times, with the Industrial Revolution well underway, but also challenging times. The upheaval of large numbers of people moving from rural areas to live in towns and cities meant a very different way of life for many.
For us, our story is less about history and more about meeting together, to supporting each other through life’s ups and downs, to build our relationship with God and with each other. As fascinating as it is to look through the old accounts from the 1890’s to see what the church was buying (mainly coal and oil for heat and light!) it is about what God is doing now that excites us. Seeing how God is making a difference in people’s lives and how we as a church can have a positive impact on our community.
Our story is about how a mix of people with different backgrounds, in different stages of life can meet together and look into the big questions of life. To wonder if there is more to life than this, to look for meaning in what we do, and to wrestle with the challenges that modern life throws at us. We don’t know all the answers, but we do know a God who loves us and gives us hope for the future.
If you think it sounds interesting, if you think you might like to see our story up close then we would love to have you along for the ride.