A Bit About Us
We are an independent, self-governing local congregation
who earnestly desires to follow our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Although we have no organization larger than
the local church with no world headquarters, we have thousands of sister
congregations all over the world. If you are not in Northampton, contact us and
we can let you know if there is a congregation near you.
There is no man or group of men, who
legislate doctrine for the church. We have no one to answer to but Christ. He
is the head of the church which leaves no room for any human head. Each
congregation will seek out from within those who are spiritually mature and
appoint them to be elders, shepherds to oversee the well-being of that
congregation of believers. Looking out for every one’s spiritual welfare but
again using the Bible as their guide.
There is no inter-congregational
organization, but rather independent congregations in different locations with
Christ as Lord and Master. However we thrive on working together to help one
another in whatever way might be needed and join together to spread the good
news of Jesus Christ.
We have no human creed or catechism to
enforce unity, our unifying force is that each congregation uses the Bible without
We are a church of Christ, a term we find in the New
Testament. It is more descriptive than a name. We are called out as a group to
be Christs’. We are basically a local branch of a global organisation who
recognises each other because we do Bible things the way the Bible teaches us
to. God sent His Son Jesus Christ into the world to give His life to save us
from our sin. Out of our love for what He has done we willingly follow Him,
showing our love by obedience to His Word.
The Beginning of this congregation
1980 was the year that the church in Northampton, really started to take off numerically. There had been a congregation for a short while prior to then,which had been started by American missionaries but which comprised of only a handful of members. And so it was, in this first summer of the new decade, that help from other congregations was enlisted and a gospel outreach campaign was arranged.
Leaflets were distributed and men and women of the church also went door-knocking, offering personal studies. At this time the congregation was meeting in a rented hall, but during the campaign they were able to secure the use of a conference room in The Grand Hotel, which, then, was a fairly prestigious establishment, right in the centre of town. It was here, in the hotel, that some 80 baptisms took place, using a chest freezer, would you believe! Consequently, this small congregation of just a few, suddenly became one with a membership of eighty plus.
Over the following months, much had to be put in place, to ensure that these new Christian`s would receive good teaching and a proper grounding in sound bible doctrine. Soon, a full time British evangelist, Trevor Williams was appointed to serve the church in these vital, formative years. These were exiting days as the congregation was filled with souls who were thrilled by a new -found faith. Enthusiasm was bursting forth everywhere.
Now, the meetings were taking place in a local school hall, but around the middle of 1981, the idea was presented, that a special fund be started, with the aim of buying a building. At first this seemed a very tall order indeed, but the idea was accepted and agreed. Trevor visited The States, to help raise some of the funds and generous donations ensued. British churches too, helped the cause,but still, much of the finance had to found by Northampton itself. The special fund grew, and also trustees were appointed, in order to obtain a mortgage,should the right place become available.
Premises were viewed, and one, which was close to the town centre, seemed to tick all the boxes. Hopes were raised that this could be the new home for the congregation, but for various reasons, it was not to be and there was huge disappointment when things could not proceed. But God had something better in store. Soon land became available from the council at a good price and it was decided that a brand new structure should be erected. The bank agreed the mortgage and soon the builders began their work, but to keep down the cost, a considerable amount was done by the members themselves. Added to this, one of the members was an architect and all the building plans were produced at no cost to the church. During 1982, the congregation moved to Ecton Brook Community Centre, which was much closer to the chosen site than the school hall previously used.
Finally, in June of 1984, the “Christian Fellowship Centre” was ready for use. Now the congregation had a much fuller sense of being established in the town and everyone looked forward with great expectation, as to what was next.
So much had happened in these first few years. The Christians had hardly had time to draw breath. The coming years would bring new challenges, but for now, this first phase brought great satisfaction. Those, whose foresight and work in starting things off in the early days, were to be thanked. Many had played a part in getting things to where they were now. The Lord had shown his blessing.