The church has two Sunday services, and Sunday clubs for 3 – 16s, with the Lord’s Supper twice monthly. Other regular weekly meetings include a Parent and Toddler group, youth groups for 7 – 14s, and a mid- week Bible study and prayer meeting. Additional prayer meetings are held on Sunday evenings and monthly on a Saturday morning.
There are also occasional breakfasts for men, a monthly service in a nearby elderly people’s sheltered housing unit, a monthly fellowship for ladies, and Messy Church several times a year. Additionally there are opportunities to take assemblies in the three primary schools on the estate, and some of the church members are involved in running a CU at the local Academy
The church is located in the heart of the Greenstead Estate on the outskirts of Colchester. This estate has around 15,000 residents and was originally built as a council estate but now has mixed ownership of properties. The area has many social issues. The University of Essex is about 1.5 miles away and we are believed to be the nearest evangelical gospel church. We have a number of international and British students from the University who worship with us. There are plans to build several thousand new homes on land between Greenstead and the University and clearly this will be both a challenge and an opportunity for the church to bring the gospel to the new residents.
Our theological emphasis is conservative evangelical, as defined by the FIEC Doctrinal Basis and Position statements. We currently have 5 deacons. Our style of worship is fairly traditional and is based around expository preaching. We usually sing to piano accompaniment but occasionally other instruments are added. The pew Bibles are the NKJV translation, and most of the preaching tends to be from this version.
The vision of the church is to see Christians come into a deeper relationship to Christ, to take the Gospel to the community, to support world mission, and to foster a genuine love and concern for one another.
This is a full-time position, with remuneration to match. There is no church manse. The pastor would take the lead in teaching and preaching on Sundays and Wednesdays, and on other occasions as opportunity arises. He would provide pastoral care to the church membership and others, and lead the evangelistic work of the church. He will also need to be comfortable with life in a ‘council estate’ type community with a predominantly working class population, and yet be able to relate to students who are studying at University of Essex.
For further information and application form, contact Brian Rayner (Deacon): [email protected]