What Is Christianity?

 

The message at the heart of Christianity is pretty simple.

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What is Christianity

 

 

Who is Jesus?


He’s the Christ. The King who God himself had promised to send, who would put everything right by setting up a kingdom of justice and love.
He’s also the Son of God. God himself, entering the world as a human being.
Jesus proved who he was by what he did. He healed people. He calmed storms. He raised the dead.
By doing these things, the King was giving a glimpse of life in his kingdom. A perfect place, with no suffering, fear or death. It’s the world we all want.
 
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Why did Jesus come? To be rejected


But many people rejected Jesus. They thought they’d be happier making their own rules and living outside his kingdom. This rejection of the King is something we all do. Jesus called it sin.

It damages our lives and will eventually leave us separated from the joy of being in the kingdom.

God won’t let those who reject the King live with him. So we face what Jesus called hell. An existence without anything good, forever.
 
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Why did Jesus come? To be killed


People rejected the King so violently that they killed him by nailing him to a cross. But his death wasn't a mistake by God – it was a masterstroke.

On the cross, Jesus was cut off from God’s friendship and goodness. He chose to experience hell – so that we don’t have to. The sinless King died to take the punishment sin deserves.

Jesus was opening the way into his kingdom.
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Why did Jesus come? To rise again


Three days after his execution, his tomb was found to be empty. Over the next few weeks many ate with Jesus. Dozens spoke with him. Hundreds saw him. Jesus the King could not be contained by death.

He had risen!
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What does is mean for us?


So, today, right now, Jesus is inviting people to come into his kingdom. He tells us to repent and believe the good news.

Repent means to turn around, to live with Jesus in charge instead of ourselves. Believe means to trust that Jesus has done everything we need to give us a place in his kingdom.

Living with Jesus as King isn't easy. His followers will be rejected, just as he was. But they also live a life of deep security, satisfaction, and joy, knowing God and his forgiveness, being helped by his Spirit, and looking forward to the King’s return, when he will finally establish his loving kingdom forever.

Jesus offers all this to anyone and everyone who repents and believes.

How about you?
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Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
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Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details here) for our Sunday Service starting at 10:30am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on the door or in the church building.

We serve refreshments after the service. It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings. All refreshments are free.

Accessibility: There is wheelchair access. Please let someone know on your arrival if you need assistance and they will help you to get set up. There are disabled toilets to the left of the main hall.
 

Our Service

The main service begins at 10;30am with a warm welcome from one of our elders. We then share news and notices, usually about what’s going on in the life of the church. Then follows a time of sung worship, led by our band. We typically have 4 or 5 songs lasting approximately 30 minutes. Sometimes a person might pray out loud or read a small passage from the bible. Sometimes people share things that they believe God is saying to the whole church family. This might seem strange the first time you hear it but it’s all part of our connecting with God.  One of our leaders will then give a sermon that is bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We sometimes finish with a final worship song. 


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What about my kids?

We currently run a programme for kids aged 2-5 years after the sung worship. 

Children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service for the welcome, songs and notices. We really value worshipping God all together as a family. At the end of the notices someone will announce that it’s time for the younger children to go to their group. You will need to go with your children to their group as part of our child safety policy. Whilst you are dropping your kids off at their groups, we sing one worship song, giving folk a chance to come back before the sermon begins.
The kids group activities vary depending on the age but usually there is a friendly welcome, bible stories, testimonies, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games and free play. Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.


We currently do not have the capacity to run a programme for the creche (0-2 years) or older children and youth, and ensure the sermon is accessible to young ears. You can find colouring, books and toys at the back of the meeting hall to keep your toddlers entertained!

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Getting Connected


Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our Connect groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. Check out Small Groups if you're interested in joining, or we can put you in touch with a Connect group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. 

Other Ministries

We also run the following ministries:

  • Men's Ministries
  • Women's Ministries
  • Student's Ministries
  • Homeless Drop In
     
Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
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Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.
 

Leadership 

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Matthew Chilvers   Jonny Keegan
Matt is the lead elder at City Church Chester. He is married to Charlotte and they have three children and a dog! He has been helping to lead the church since it first started meeting for prayer and conversation in his family's lounge 10 years ago.   Jonny is an elder at City Church Chester. He is married to Rachel and they have three children. He has been helping lead the church for 10 years, and has recently been appointed as an elder.  
 
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

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