Below is a summary of the major events in the life of the church. For more detail, download the book "The First Thirty Five Years" and the PhotoBook, listed below.

1975: Group of Christians meeting in Barton for mid-week fellowship and Bible study.
April 1977: Most of the group decide to start an Evangelical Church
October 1977: Barry Shucksmith becomes honary pastor
February 1978: The old Queen Inn building was purchased and renovation begun
April 1978: Barry Shucksmith becomes part-time pastor
August 1978: Church affiliated to the FIEC
January 1979: Induction of Barry Shucksmith as the first full-time pastor
September 1980: First sevice held in new building
October 1981: Barry Shucksmith moves to Liverpool
November 1989: Induction of Gareth James as pastor
September 2015: Gareth James moves to Doncaster
June 2017: Jeff Higgins commences ministry as the third pastor (formal induction on 16th September)

The following documents are available to download in pdf or Kindle format.

The First Thirty Five Years
The First Thirty Five Years for Kindle e-reader
PhotoBook Volume 1 - The Building - from derelict pub to the present church building

We are pleased to say that we will be recommencing public worship again on Sunday 12th July. If you don't normally attend our Church, but would like to, then please email Please be reassured that safeguards will be in place in line with government guidelines. It would be great to hear from you.

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