OUR HISTORY TO NOW
Early in 1973 a group of Christian families in the Clay Cross/Old Tupton area of North Derbyshire began to meet for a weekly Bible Study in homes in Old Tupton and with it the idea developed of holding Sunday evening Services in the wooden hut belonging to the Holmgate Community Association.
We began those on Easter Day 1973, wondering how many people, if any, would come, but on the first evening just over 80 people attended. The Sunday evening services held their numbers, and by August the original group began to feel that we really had a church in formation. So the founding members began to sever their existing church ties elsewhere as this new venture began.
We formed a small church council, led by Rev John Rosser, from among our group, and set about the business of establishing our new church. Coming from different church backgrounds we decided to apply to join the FIEC – the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches. John Rosser knew the Rev Dr Martyn-Lloyd Jones the minister of Westminster Chapel in London, and he agreed to take our opening services.
Around 400 people from local churches came to our inaugural service – for which we hired the Clay Cross Drill Hall (now the Snooker Centre) in January 1974. Next day we held our first Morning Service as a church in the wooden hut which was next door to our present building. Dr Lloyd-Jones preached morning and evening. After which the church members retired to a member’s house where Dr Lloyd-Jones commissioned those who were to be elders and deacons.
After about five years we found we could lease some land next to the Community Association, which was just about the right size for a church building. We held a Gift Day thinking that if we could raise £ 5,000 by gifts, loans and promises then we would regard that as a sign that we should continue. In the event, the Gifts, Loans, and Promises on the day totalled £ 51,000 – the whole estimated cost of the building!
The present church building was finally completed and opened in July 1981.