It starts here.
You might just be starting to discover Jesus; intrigued about a church that is not organised around Sundays and church services, or looking for your next adventure?Whatever your background, history, age or orientation: CFS welcomes you.
CFS is built around groups that we call Communities. We meet in homes and other places Think of each one as a micro-church without all the religion.
The groups run on various days of the week around South East Essex. We share our lives with each other; talk about our challenges, hopes and fears; read the Bible and pray; eat food and try to make a difference in the local area.
Ready to try a Community? See the below map for locations, days and times or get in touch and we’ll help you try one.
Find a CFS Community – click on the pins for time, day & contact info
Trying a CFS Community doesn’t need to be daunting.
To make it easy, our friendly facilitators are on hand to answer any questions you have, before, during or after your first visit.
Click on a map pin for time, day, etc.
They are comfortable places for those exploring faith and for people who have been Christians for years and are keen to venture out in mission together.
Each group has a unique character. The Communities typically meet weekly and express life in other ways through the week.
Most groups eat together with one or more cooking each week, and some have a bring-and-share meal.
Most groups use resources written by our in-house team of authors, exploring Bible stories and applying them to life. You can expect prayer, discussion, worship and sometimes communion.
You won’t find one person playing the expert – we are a multi-voiced church and everyone is welcome to contribute.
We have moved on from a church model built around Sunday services and a ‘church’ building’.
Yes that’s right – we don’t go to church on Sunday!
We are church, meeting whenever and wherever, with our homes as the primary place for church. We don’t claim it is the way just that it is a good way built on the early practices of the church.
And sometimes we gather from across the Community Groups for events and holidays.
We are a Jesus centred rather than Bible focused church.
Jesus is the primary word of God, not the Bible. So while our faith uses the Bible, we focus on the four biographies of Jesus: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
When we meet you might catch us asking, ‘Why did they kill Jesus?’ and, ‘What did Jesus do?’
One lesson we draw from Jesus is Christian’s are radically inclusive. Our community groups provide a safe place for a diverse mix of people – including those who have been marginalised by others in Southend – to explore faith.
OK. I’m interested. How do I take this further?
- Meet with one of us for a coffee – send us a message.
- Contact a Community facilitator by clicking on a map pin, and arranging to visit them or ask any questions.
- Send a message with any questions and we can set you up with the best group to try.
Could you see yourself planting a new CFS Community beyond the existing church?
With us as your wider church community.
Are you excited by the ethos and values of CFS?
Then send us a message.