Worship and Church Life
Worship is usually based on a rich liturgy drawn from many sources, with hymns old and new, sometimes with a thoughtful or meditative style. A group of singers and/or instrumentalists provide accompaniment occasionally. Music from Taize and
Communion is offered to all who love the Lord Jesus and are in fellowship with his Church. Children are not normally admitted to communion.
The church practises Infant Baptism, followed later by Confirmation, and alternatively Dedication followed by Believers Baptism. A service of Thanksgiving and Blessing of Infants is offered for those not wanting Baptism or Dedication or who feel unable to make the promises required with sincerity. Confirmed or Baptised believers committed to be part of this congregation are received into the responsibilities and privileges of full church membership.
Contact the minister in the first instance on 020 8778 8601 to discuss services of Thanksgiving and Blessing, weddings, funerals, or to request a visit or home communion.
The minister is available in the Grove Centre Office at various times or by appointment.
Guide to Church Membership click here if you would like to read about how to become a church member.
For details of some of our activities, see the Calendar page (under "News and Pictures")
Vision Statement Grove Centre Church
God calls us together to be "a worshipping people" honouring our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
We aspire to be "a faithful people", true to Jesus Christ as revealed in Scripture, through our common life and in our personal lives, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
We aim to be "a welcoming people", a church where all people are welcome, regardless of age, creed, colour, race, orientation, ability or status.
We need to be "a growing people", open to change, nurturing the hope, faith and love involved in growth towards spiritual maturity and through our lives and words drawing new people of all ages into saving faith and fellowship in Christ.
We aim to be "a caring people", who seek to understand and serve our needs and those of our local community and the wider world as laid upon us by the Holy Spirit.
As a means of showing God's love in action and in partnership with others, we intend to sustain The Grove Centre as “a place for people" at the heart of the wider community in which we are set.
(Church Meeting, June 1997, revised 2008)
We have the following policies to download as 'Word' documents, accessed via these links:
"All of you are Christ's body, and each one is a part of it." 1 Cor. 12 v 27
Major decisions are made by the gathered members at the Church Meeting, held on the third Thursday most months, in the winter on Sundays after worship. This is usually a relaxed meeting with participation encouraged, though only members are permitted to vote.
Leadership is provided by the Diaconate, which meets on the first Thursday of each month. This consists of the Minister, church officers, serving deacons and life deacons. Officers and deacons are elected for a three year term. Deacons share pastoral responsibility for the worshipping community.
We receive no central funds - in fact, we contribute to the central funds of our two parent denominations (see below). Apart from the grant and income generated by Grove Centre room/hall lettings, the running costs and work of the church (including the minister's stipend) is entirely supported by church members, augmented by various fund-raising and social events (e.g. quizzes, auctions, autumn fair). Church members do much of the maintenance, repair and decoration of the building ourselves, to save costs. We are 'green' wherever and whenever practicable.
At regional level, a representative attends the Churches Together in
United Reformed Church (URC)
We are part of the URC's South East London District within the Southern Synod, stretching from
Internationally the URC belongs to the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and shares in the missionary enterprise of the Council for World Mission.
Baptist churches form associations at various levels rather than speaking of themselves as a single church. The
The Grove Centre Church is usually linked with a BMS missionary.
The Wider World