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Bearwood Chapel Congregations

Our Starting point was multiplying congregations using the same building. The aim is to recognise that time as well as geography creates boundaries and barriers. We want to be available whenever as well as where-ever people wish to meet to hear the Gospel.

  • The 930 Service: Started in 2012, this congregation provides an informal gathering with child friendly activities included throughout.
  • 1115 Morning Worship: This congregation gathers each week for praise, bible teaching and communion. The 930 Service and Nueva Vida were planted out from this congregation.
  • The Afternoon Gathering (Working Title): Since 2015, we have been seeking to established a congregation meeting on Sunday afternoons. For a short while we ran a weekly Bible study for a small group and then in 2017 we began running a monthly Messy Church.
  •  Sunday Night Church is a different style of congregation. They meet from 6pm with a cafe styhle format serving food followed by praise and then interactive Bible study. The congregation have also been reaching out to local homeless people and hostel residents. This congregation grew out of a Sunday evening youth club intitially with a Bible study for older young people.

Nueva Vida Con Cristo

Nueva Vida is a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic congregation using Spanish as its primary language. It started in 2015 when Spanish speakers attending the 1115 Morning Worship at Bearwood Chapel linked up with other South Americans meeting in an asylum seeker’s home for Bible study.

Nueva Vida are also reaching out to other new to country immigrants and asylum seekers through week day projects including regular ESOL classes at Raglan Road Christian Church.

West Smethwick Congregational Church (proposed)

In 2019, we were asked to help a small congregation meeting in West Smethwick with revitalisation. The aim is to recruit a core team and seek some financial support to pay for a lead worker with the aim of formerly launching the replant in September 2020.  

In Janujary 2020, we were encouraged as the existing church members voted to invite Tom Martin from Bristol to be their pastor. He and his family intend to move to the area as soon as practically possible.

For more details check out the WSCC profile.  If you are interested in partnering with us to support this revitalisation and/or would like to join the team, please get in touch with Dave

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