Early History and important changes in the churches history
Established 14th January 1996
The church was the outcome of many prayers and dreams. When building on the estate began, people from local churches began praying for Chafford Hundred. Gradually God called Christians to move on to the estate and live in the community. During 1994 a group of committed Christians started to meet regularly to pray and to worship together in people’s homes, this was to become the Core Group.
A mother and toddler group was established by workers from a local church. This group was called Piglets and met in one of the empty classrooms in the new primary school, Tudor Court. After a year the leadership of this group changed to Christians that lived on the estate. Christian enquiry groups were formed to include some of the mothers attending Piglets and from these groups came the first new Christians on Chafford Hundred.
In September 1995 the Core Group that met every month felt that God had moved them to commence Sunday Worship on Chafford Hundred, and so stepped out in faith believing that God would provide all that was needed for this to happen. In the November of that year we held a supper at the Community Centre for all that were interested in the commencement of a new church in the community.
The church began Sunday Worship in the Warren Outdoor Pursuits Centre, an old school, on Sunday 14th January 1996. It commenced with a regular attendance of between thirty to forty people and continued to meet every week at the Warren until November 1996 when our attendance had risen to an average of seventy. This necessitated finding a new place to worship.
In December 1996 we moved to the Chafford Hundred Community Centre in Drake Road. We had a regular attendance of over one hundred people worshipping with us and expected that number to continue to grow over the coming months.
Since these small beginnings the church on Chafford went from strength to strength. Small Groups met each week for people of all ages, with about fifty young people and thirty adults who regularly attending these groups. We also had prayer groups that met regularly to pray for the church, the community and specific needs within the community. Piglets also moved to the Community Centre and started running two sessions on Friday morning and afternoon. We started holding a regular Men’s Breakfast Clubs and held many social activities including Ten pin bowling, beach trips, sports days, barbecues and much more.
During 1998 we established our Alpha courses to enable anyone to find out more about Christianity without any pressure. Due to the continued growth of the church the workload of administering and running all that takes place also increased. In 1999 we introduced changes to the way the church is run by introducing groups that have special responsibilities for specific areas within the church. These have been called Focus Groups (now Ministry Teams) and meet monthly to pray and discuss their area of responsibility.
After 10 years of being an independent church we felt God saying that we needed to be in relationship with a group of churches called Newfrontiers. So after many months of prayerful discussions we were adopted into the family of Newfrontiers and started to receive Apostolic oversight. We benefited greatly by building relationships with other Newfrontier leaders and churches which was a great encouragement to us.
After 13 years of having our regular worship meetings at Chafford Hundred Community Centre, the decision to move was made. Years of fantastic growth of Community Church meant we had become too big for the Community Centre we called home for those years. We continued to use the Community Centre for activities like Saints and Impact (Youth Clubs), but on Sunday 15th November 2009, Community Church Chafford Hundred began to use The Harris Academy, Chafford Hundred as the main venue of worship.
We give the glory to God for all that has happened in such a short space of time and look forward to all that He has in store for us in the future.