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What we believe

We believe that God made the world and all the people in it, that humans were created separately and distinctly from animals because God wanted to enjoy a relationship with them. The things that we all do wrong, from the first humans to the present day, (the Bible calls sin), have spoiled God’s creation and brought about a separation between us and God.


God sent His son Jesus Christ into the world to restore the broken relationship. He became a fully human being, whilst remaining fully God, was born to a virgin, and lived a sinless life. During His time on earth, Jesus gave radical life-changing teaching and performed many miracles. He was crucified on a cross, taking the punishment for our wrongdoing. After 3 days, Jesus rose physically from the dead, He returned to heaven and is now reigning with His Father. He will eventually return to earth to judge the world according to each person’s response to God, and He will be recognised as the rightful ruler of heaven and earth.


Jesus is the only way by which people can have a restored relationship with God – only His death deals with the problem of our wrongdoing, and it’s only His resurrection that guarantees us eternal life. God’s undeserved favour to us makes this possible.


Baptism by immersion is for those who follow Jesus, and is a visible sign of what has already taken place in a Christian’s life.       


God’s Spirit lives in all who have turned away from their sin and invited Jesus into their lives. It is God’s desire that all Christians be filled with the Holy Spirit so we can be empowered to live the kind of lives we have been re-created to be. The same Holy Spirit wants to equip every believer with special gifts so we can do the works of Jesus, and we expect to see the character of Jesus growing in all Christians.


Jesus is the Head of the Church, which is not a building or denomination, but comprises all those who follow Him. One local expression of the worldwide Church is KCU. All Christians have direct access to God and do not need any other mediator than Jesus.


The members of KCU are pleased to belong to this local expression of the worldwide Church. Together, with leadership, we serve God’s purposes, demonstrating His love and care for one another, and reaching out to those who do not know Him. We seek to have good relationships with other local Christian churches, working with them whenever possible.


Jesus has given us, His church, the privilege of taking His good news to every part of the world, to teach and bring His truth, promises, love and power into everyday situations. The Bible is God’s gift to us, so we can discover who He is, what He is like and how He wants us to live. We aim to base all we say and do, on it.

Our Values

- Word (Bible) -

The Bible is God’s message to the world for all times. It is our guideline for life, and our final authority. Its teaching is just as relevant today as when it was first written. We try to model what we believe and do, upon what the Bible says, not subtracting from, or adding to what it says. We are committed to clear Biblical teaching aimed at producing disciples who are wholehearted followers of Jesus Christ.

- Spirit (Holy Spirit) -

The Holy Spirit reveals Jesus to us, and enables us to become Christians. He is involved daily with our hopes and dreams, anxieties and fears, difficulties and decisions. When we become Christians God wants to fill us with the Holy Spirit – helping us to become more like Jesus, teaching, equipping and enabling us to represent Him at home, in the community and across the earth. We are committed to being filled with God’s Holy Spirit, and bringing believers into a genuine life in the Spirit, seeking the power, fruit and gifts of the Spirit in every area of life.

- Apostolic and Prophetic Foundations -

The New Testament principle is that Christian churches come into being because God has spoken (prophecy), and by the activity of Apostles (men gifted and sent by God), to initiate and then oversee the church. We are a self-governing church, but highly value the wisdom and input from ‘Ephesians 4’ Ministries (Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers), who help to guide and strengthen the church.

- Grace -

All Christians have received God’s Grace – the free gift of a new life achieved through Jesus’ death on the cross, and not by any merit or achievement of our own. We aim to be a grace-filled community who extend God’s mercy and acceptance to all, irrespective of culture, background, age or status, and seeking to help them become true followers of Jesus.

- Relationships, Marriage and Family Life -

These are the fundamental building blocks of community life, and the Bible is very clear about these things. We place a high value on Family, Christian parenting, and Marriage. Biblical marriage is exclusively between a man and a woman and is a commitment for life.

- Leadership -

Bible College and theology courses are extremely helpful, but Biblical leadership is recognised by God’s anointing on people of obvious good character. We aim to develop all people by teaching, training and discipleship, and seek to bring them to Christian maturity and leadership of others, in many spheres of church life. Some men will become Elders, Church planters, or Apostles in the future.

- Prayer and Worship -

This is the life-blood of our relationship with God, and should be a regular part of our individual and corporate life together. We are devoted to private and public prayer, and are passionate about worshipping God.

- Giving -

This is a response to what God, in Christ has done for us. We aim to be very generous in giving money, resources and time to God’s work and the needs of others. Strong in understanding and living out the Grace of God.

- Mission -

Reaching out to those who do not know God, through small groups, personal witness and larger meetings. Bringing people to a genuine conversion experience and baptising believers by immersion in water. We aim to care for each other, and also reach out to others with the good news about Jesus, in our own community and further afield.

- Social -

Committed to promoting Christian values in society and the local community. Caring for those in need by expressing love in practical ways. We aim to be involved in a variety of community based projects and activities, locally and globally.

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