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2016/17 snapshot

What a Year

 
 

 In our annual snapshot we've brought together all the good reports, stats, progress and stories to show how much we've got to be thankful for. Thankful to Jesus, for relentlessly building His Church and thankful to everyone who affectionately calls Home Church their church, without whom all this wouldn't have been possible.

Whilst this is just a snapshot, you'll see where we're at and anticipate where we're headed. Our full annual report and financials will be available to view in the report hosted by the charity commission so be sure to check it out at a later date via their website.

As you read through these highlights our prayer is that you're inspired, encouraged and spurred on to keep playing your part in seeing God's Kingdom built both locally and globally.

 

Andrew & Louise

Lead Pastors

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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our purpose

Our 'Why'

It's incredibly difficult to know if you're heading in the right direction if you don't know where your destination is. We've worked hard over the past year to bring clarity to the 'what we're about' and 'where we're headed' which has culminated in us settling on our Purpose Statement;

Home Church exists to lead people into a relationship with Jesus Christ, help them find their place in His Church and become all that God intended them to be.

Our Purpose Statement can be summarised in 3 simple words: Believe, Belong, Become.

We consider reaching people with the good news of Jesus and leading them to a place where they can believe in His name to be one of our greatest responsibilities. We don't only pray we see this in our weekend services but also with those we encounter in our day-to-day. As a result, although our weekend services are for people at all stages in their spiritual journey, they will always be relevant to the lost and unchurched.

Our conviction is that God wants more than surrender, He wants people to feel part of a family. This is why He is building a home, a place we can all belong, grow in our faith and in relationship with each other. We see this happening when the welcome is genuine, friendships are real and everyone feels at home. That's why we choose to gather and grow together.

And when we belong we find purpose. The life Jesus has called us to live is an expansive adventure not comfort and conformity. It's important to remember that Christianity is a lifestyle to be lived. It's a journey we must work on every day. With the help of The Holy Spirit, we can become all God has called us to be. 

And so we find ourselves on a journey that echoes the words believe, belong, become - a journey that requires a guide, Jesus Christ and an adventure that requires willing pioneers, His Church.

We know why we're here and we know where we're headed....

Believe

Belong

Become

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Our values

What Matters

Everyone is welcome at Home Church where you'll find people from all walks of life. When you feel part of a family, it makes sense that you'll want to get involved and play your part.

We don't stress membership but do encourage everyone to get involved in our four core values. They're achievable by all and beneficial to all:

GO: Commit to telling people about Jesus, bringing friends and family with you to church to experience the life-changing message of Jesus Christ for themselves.

"And then he told them, "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.”

Mark 16:15 (NLT)

Groups: Commit to being relationally connected and participating in a small group. We believe it's the best way to build friendships and grow in our relationship with Christ. We encourage you to join a connect group today.

"They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts."

Acts 2:46 (NIV)

Gifts: Commit to serving others with your gifts and talents. We believe God has equipped each of us with unique gifts and skill sets. We encourage you to use your talents to serve God's vision through the local church.

"God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another."

1 Peter 4:10 (NLT)

Give: Commit to financially supporting the vision of Home Church through tithes and offerings. We count it a privilege to give back to God from that which He has blessed us with.

"One person gives freely, yet gains even more;

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed."

Proverbs 11:24-25 (NIV)

 

These four core values continue to be a great guide for anyone who calls Home Church their home and wants to play an active part.

Go

Groups

Gifts

Give

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Our Leadership

In Good Hands

Our church government is made up of three groups of leaders, giving us both strength in depth and wisdom in abundance.

Senior Leadership Team

The first being the Senior Leadership Team serving the congregation as spiritual leaders. They are responsible for the development of the spiritual life, care and health of the church as a whole.

 

Charity Board

Then there is our Charity Board, providing counsel to the senior team regarding major financial and legal commitments of the church. We are a registered charity in the UK. Number 1156973.

 

Advisory

We also have the added benefit of having an advisory team from outside of our local church setting who provide strength and accountability. Our Advisory Team bring with them wisdom, experience, skills and perspectives to strengthen our leaders and church as a whole.

 

 

Partnerships

We are part of the Hillsong Leadership Network, a global community united in partnership with Hillsong to see the Church rise up in influence and stature.

We are also part of the Evangelical Alliance, largest and oldest body representing evangelical Christians in the UK. 

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highlights that add up 

Numbers

Number highlights from the past year: October 2016 - September 2017

 

109

extra people attending across all sunday services (⬆︎40%)

3

sunday services (⬆︎1)

174

0-17 year olds (⬆︎58%)

76

salvation Appeal responses

4

years old as a church

 

150 

new people joined home church (⬆︎43%)

35

connect groups

2

sisterhood nights

1

marriage

29

water baptisms

 

81

girls went to colour Conference

136

hillsong conference delegates

528

highest sunday attendance

12

baby dedications

501

people part of our church

 

136

active Adult Sunday volunteers

26

nationalities

52

percent of adults in connect groups

8

babies born

 
 
 
 
 
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this happened last year

Monthly

Monthly highlights from the past year: October 2016 - September 2017

 

Oct

guest speaker luke brendling

vision sunday

Nov

sisterhood night

water baptisms

negative free november

 

Dec

volunteer party

christmas musical

Jan

daniel fast

guest speaker rob morris

 

Feb

Launched 3rd service

youth retreat

Mar

petite sisterhood

sisterhood night

Apr

water baptisms

easter services

cross = love series

May

COMEDY NIGHT WITH MARK RITCHIE

Colour conference

 

Jun

love146 football game

worship series

Jul

guest speaker neil cameron

Kids church crazy weekends

Aug

Hillsong Conference

Young & Free Conference

Sep

seek first series

prayer & fasting

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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social justice partnerships

Reaching Out

 

We are passionate about serving our community, bringing hope to the broken and fighting injustice in our world. We can't do everything but we can do something. With this in mind we continue to partner with organisations and experts in the field to see the lives of people around the world transformed and restored.

Read about some of the partners we worked with this year and projects we have been invovled in.

 

 

Compassion is a leading children’s charity with a relentless passion to give children the opportunity to escape the suffering and fear poverty brings. Their mission is to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. Through our partnership with Compassion we sponsor children in Sri Lanka. 

We currently sponsor 48 children in Sri Lanka and have give an additional £1,900 in donations this year.

Love146 is an international human rights organisation working to end child trafficking and exploitation through survivor care and prevention. We partner with Love146 to help grow the movement to end child trafficking while providing effective, thoughtful solutions.

We have given £11,490 to Love146 this year to support their ongoing work in the UK. We have also organised events in aid of the charity including our Annual Football Match which was a huge success.

We began partnering with Age UK this year to beat loneliness in later life through their befriending services, providing volunteers to visit older people once a week in their own home.

FEED has become one of the county's largest food banks, giving out on average 80 bags of food a week. Again this year we continued to partner with them financially to provide food and essential items for those most in need. In the last year we donated £1000 to the work of FEED.

 

Other Initiatives:

We've also be able to help those most in need financially and practically to get through difficult seasons. This has included; providing food vouchers, gifting small appliances for the home, financial assistance and sponsorships for retreats/conferences.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Making space for more

A Growing Family

You may like to know we have 501 people in our church, 174 under 18's & over 26 different nationalities!

 

Where we live

This map below shows where people in our church are coming from.

 
 
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How we've grown

This graph below shows how many people are part of Home Church and how we're growing year on year.

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meet some of the family

Feels like Home

 

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Lisa Moultrie

How long have you been part of Home Church?

18months

 

 

What did you think when you first came?

Loved it. Knew it was exactly where God wanted us planted

 

 

How has knowing Jesus changed your life?

It's awesome to know that I always have someone to turn to whatever my need. If I want to cry, laugh or scream - Jesus is there with open arms and always a comforting word.

Jesus listens and knows my heart and I find great solace knowing Jesus is my biggest fan.

 

 

Where do you serve in the life of the church?

Connections and baking team

 

 

What do you love most about Home Church?

The people. I count some of the people in Home Church as part of my family. I know that I can take anything to them and they will remember me in prayer and support me where I need it

 

 

How would you describe Home Church?

Honest, real, love that I feel challenged every week by the messages.

 

 

Can you recall a favourite message preached here?

Louise's Eyes Wide open preach as that was what gave me the push I needed to start serving in the house and stop focusing on everything that was going in my life.

Also Matt Stephens "Godseekers"  -- simply because it was the first preach I heard at Home and God really spoke to us as a couple through it

 

 

What are your hopes and dreams for your future?

To be a good wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend - living with purpose that God has called me to, and to continuously surrender my heart to Jesus in all I do.

 

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Elise Tai

How long have you been part of Home Church?

2 years (since Oct 2015)

 

What did you think when you first came?

I thought it was friendly, inclusive and with a warm atmosphere. I liked there were women in leadership, a willingness to equip and invest in the lives of leaders.

 

How has knowing Jesus changed your life?

Knowing Jesus has set me free from so many restrictive mindsets. Every day, I am learning so much about my Saviour, what He thinks of me, and what impact I am capable of bringing to this broken world because of what He did for me! I live a life of hope and peace because He has got everything under control, in spite of a society that tells me I ought not to.

 

Where do you serve in the life of the church?

Hospitality team, kids church, connect group leader, YA team.

 

What do you love most about Home Church?

I love being a part of bringing others home to Jesus! It is such a joy and privilege to serve alongside others who set the bar high!

 

How would you describe Home Church?

Visionary!! And so great for new/non believers.

 

Can you recall a favourite message preached here?

Godseeekers....."Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the LORD will lack no good thing."

 

What are your hopes and dreams for your future?

I am excited to be part of a church that never becomes complacent, is consistent, and always sensitive to the Holy Spirit's direction, ready to move beyond 'potential' into 'reality' when the time is right. Generations of men, women and children who would be so unshakable in their faith that offence would no longer be a bait that the enemy uses on our church.  That they would go out into the world and make an impact on the various spheres of influence, & BE the church that loves on people -all kinds of people from all sorts of backgrounds. That we would never lose sight of the ultimate vision -to bring ONE MORE to the lavish banquet of God's saving grace! (Isaiah 25)

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Darryn Havenga

How long have you been part of Home Church?

4 months

 

What did you think when you first came?

Genuinely friendly, welcoming, made to feel at home and comfortable, excellent worship and preaching.

 

How has knowing Jesus changed your life?

Knowing Jesus has brought an inner peace to a very chaotic life, through growing in my faith I have found direction and purpose. A young man who hated the world and himself became a man who loved the world and himself.

 

Where do you serve in the life of the church?

I am a family connect group leader

 

What do you love most about Home Church?

The people, the diverseness of its members and the genuine outpouring of love they have for God and each other

 

How would you describe Home Church?

The name does say it all, it is HOME, you walk in there and you are not just a spectator but you are involved, part of the family, it is a safe place to just be yourself but be challenged in your walk and growth with God. The pastors are committed to the Word of God and teach biblically inspired messages that challenge your walk always, like any family, you can't just sit on the sofa and watch tv all day.

 

Can you recall a favourite message preached here?

I enjoyed Matt's preach around giving and tithing, it is important as a church that we constantly teach on all aspects that develop our faith and promote the Gospel, not just the nice stuff like prayer, worship, etc.

 

What are your hopes and dreams for your future?

To always be available when God calls… except if it is to send me back to Africa!!!!

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Linda Ameh

How long have you been part of Home Church?

3 years

 

What did you think when you first came?

 

My heart had sought after a church like Home Church, for many months, so when I first came, my heart was content. The love and atmosphere was so inviting, I soon realised that It was a place to be, a church to feel welcomed in and a safe place where I can grow in my faith.

 

How has knowing Jesus changed your life?

Knowing Jesus has helped me deal with a handful of my insecurities, pain, anxiety, un-forgiveness and brokenness. Most importantly it taught me the true meaning of love and given me a sense of purpose. As the song quotes. “I’m changed and changing still”

 

Where do you serve in the life of the church?

Hospitality, baking and young adults

 

What do you love most about Home Church?

I’m grateful for the platform and the encouragement from our pastors to get involved and serve on teams. Service gives me the sense of ownership and belonging. I’m ever so honoured to be part of building the church.

 

How would you describe Home Church?

It’s a very welcoming Christ-like church, with amazing worship, a great atmosphere, warm people and very wonderful pastors.

 

Can you recall a favourite message preached here?

I remember being greatly challenged to be a Godseeker, during the Godseeker series at the start of 2016.

 

What are your hopes and dreams for your future?

I dream of the days where I’ll be at the forefront of public health using my skills and passion to influence the world around me especially in ‘low-income’ countries.
I also dream of a generation of vibrant youth and young adults that will genuinely live for Jesus in a world that tells them otherwise.

 
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Mubela Mutale

How long have you been part of Home Church?

16 months

 

What did you think when you first came?

Welcomed and compelled to stay.

 

How has knowing Jesus changed your life?

Having been saved at a young age, there isn't much of a life without Christ to compare to. But knowing Him changed every bit of me, it's hard to notice with my Christian background, but I see what I would be without his grace - it's faithless, hopeless and dark.

 

Where do you serve in the life of the church?

I currently serve with the worship and connection teams and lead a young adults connect group.

 

What do you love most about Home Church?

For a church the most important statement should be that "people matter". I believe Home Church says that, not only with words but also in the way people are treated and loved on, both old and new.

 

How would you describe Home Church?

A warm God centred place, filled with the gifts of companionship and overflowing with fellowship. As well as a place that brings out the best in the people whether talents, attributes, gifts or leadership.

 

Can you recall a favourite message preached here?

There've been several good ones each for its own reason. 

 

What are your hopes and dreams for your future?

For the church: To grow more and more into a quality Body of Christ - that whatever path we take as a church, it will involve saving souls.

         For my self: To get to a point that living a life of worship is second nature, like breathing, to be able to do it and not think about it. I want to be a man that steps up and leads other men, young and old to step up as well -  in every area, life, family and church.

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Charlotte Foster

How long have you been part of Home Church?

8 months

 

What did you think when you first came?

 

Awesome, relevant, inspiring, welcoming, full of life, loved it!

 

How has knowing Jesus changed your life?

Jesus is where my daily help and strength come from. He has helped me to get a true perspective of myself, other people and situations.

 

Where do you serve in the life of the church?

Connections team service leaders, Sisterhood Connect in Hatfield

 

What do you love most about Home Church?

The people!!

 

How would you describe Home Church?

A church that is bible based and a place that will empower you.

 

Can you recall a favourite message preached here?

'The Fruit is in the Root’. Back in February it was confirmation for us to come to Home Church. Roots planted in good soil produce good fruit. And how true that has proved to be for our family!

 

What are your hopes and dreams for your future?

To see our children continue to be inspired, growing in their love of God and his church and bringing their children up to do the same!

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Joy Clyne

How long have you been part of Home Church?

Since February 2016

 

What did you think when you first came?

 

It reminded me of my church back home in Scotland because of the type of songs we sang. Lots of friendly faces and I can't forget to mention Elizabeth, she was so lovely to me!

 

How has knowing Jesus changed your life?

Knowing Jesus has given me an identity, in Him I know who I am, who I need to be and where I need to go. 

Given me the confidence to express my faith and the Holy Spirit who is my best friend. 

Jesus is all I need to know that I am loved no matter my past and He gives me the sense of being comfortable in my own skin especially when I want to crawl out of it. 

He is the reason I wake up every morning and why I have a smile on my face and go to bed in peace, because He is always with me. 

 

 

Where do you serve in the life of the church?

I serve in set up and set down, green room, welcome, YA and prayer. 

 

What do you love most about Home Church?

The connection people have with one another. It is family first! I love the heart people have to serve in church. 

 

How would you describe Home Church?

It is an ever growing family with lots of room for everyone. Christ centred and unwavering in its believe. A servant heart church, that wants to be the community first and then the ripple effect expands to the world through its members, not by conquering the world first, community first! 

 

Can you recall a favourite message preached here?

My favourite message so far is Andrew's preach: "The hurt of the past" I came to church that Sunday feeling so broken by everything going on in my life, mostly from the past and when he used the robes to drive home his message it got to me so much, that's how I was feeling. 

 

What are your hopes and dreams for your future?

I want to be an author, serve in church to the ability that God has called me for and be happy. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Growing in faith

The Word

We've been blessed with some great messages this year. Here's just some of the highlights. A huge thank you to everyone who contributed.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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2016/17 financials

A Generous Church

 
 

Once again we have seen a growth in the financial generosity of our church family, enabling us to expand ministries, launch new projects and build foundations for future growth. A full report of the financials will be available on the charity commission website but the following pages outline income and expenses for our most recent financial year as well as giving some historic date.

This covers year end September 30th 2017

 


Income & Expenditure 2013/17

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Expenditure Breakdown Year End Sept 30th 2017

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  • Staffing: We currently have 5 staff members (Andrew Cherrie, Louise Cherrie, Sam Mcvey, Anthony Christopher, Liz Low). We also outsource our financial services which amounts to the equivalent to an additional staff cost and included in this catagory.
  • Operations: the day-to-day running of the church including running of department ministries, Sunday service related costs, pastoral care, training, legals, licences, office supplies, etc.
  • Venues: Sunday venue hire, office hire, other ministry related midweek venue hires.
  • Outreach: Giving to social justice partnerships & relief giving.
 

Income Breakdown Year End Sept 30th 2017

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A full audited report for the 2016/17 financial year will be available on the Charity Commission website at a later date.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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