We are friends with a number of churches across the world. Some are churches we have planted whilst others have been around for as long, or longer, than we have. We seek to learn from each other and give away all that we can to our friends in terms of skills, people and resources.
There are three commitments that we all have in common:
– A desire to communicate the gospel in a culturally relevant way
– To experience and minister in the power of the Holy Spirit
– To plant new churches
Read on to find out a little more about each of our Friends…
Laura and Antley Fowler
River City Church Jacksonville, FloridaRiver City Church was planted from St Mary’s and has been meeting since Easter 2005. Their vision is to build a church that is long, wide, high and deep; long enough to stretch beyond their doors to engage with contemporary culture in Jacksonville, wide enough to welcome and care for absolutely everyone who goes there, high enough to worship God, letting him lead them in whatever way he wants to, and deep enough to challenge, train and release all who go there.
Derek and Beth Harmon
Ocean City Church Jacksonville, FloridaOcean City Church is a recent church plant from River City Church on Jacksonville Beach. They believe church is for everyone and that God is inviting all of us to experience His love and grace. They hope to continue to grow as a church and become a family in the beach community. Forever on mission to see all of Jacksonville Beach awaken to the reality of Jesus.
Al and Niki Hardy
City Church Charlotte, NCCityChurch is a St Mary’s plant in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was launched in January 2007 in a warehouse right in the centre of a fast growing city where, as well as increasing secularisation, many people have been hurt or put off by the religious legacy of the Bible belt. As a result CityChurch is overtly ‘Real, Relational and Religion Free’ in all it does.
Pete and Bee Hughes
Kings Cross Church, LondonKings Cross Church or KXC started as a new church plant in February 2010. It is led by Pete and Bee Hughes who were part of the leadership team here at St Mary’s before being called to plant in King’s Cross. They are passionate about building a Jesus centered community of people who recklessly gives themselves away to God, each other and the people of Kings Cross. Pete and Bee also have two sons Benj and Joshua.
Darren and Alex Rouanzoin
The Garden, Long Beach, CAThe Garden, Long Beach, CA. The Garden started in late 2009 and is led by Darren and Alex Rouanzoin in Longbeach, California. They seek to be a community who lives out love in such a way that compels all people to embrace wholeness, justice and truth, together as participants in and for the Kingdom of God.
Jon and Jo Soper
Exeter Network Church, ExeterExeter Network Church is a church that launched in January 2005. It has Anglican roots is currently around 300 strong.
Roland and Elke Werner
Christus-Treff, MarburgRoland and Elke lead Christus-Treff in Marburg, a university town close to Frankfurt. Christus-Treff celebrates it’s 30th Anniversary this year.