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Part of our church name is ‘Evangelical’, which simply means bringing good news. As Christians we find the good news in the Bible, news of real hope. This news is so different from the news in most of the press, radio and television. We believe that the Bible is God’s word for us; and that it is complete, true and accurate. The Holy Spirit helps us to understand it and to face the practical, ethical and spiritual challenges of life today.
The good news is that we can enter a personal relationship with God. This is because God has sent his only Son into the world to be our substitute, to be punished instead of us for our wrongdoing. When we ask for forgiveness and trust in the Lord Jesus we begin a new life with Him.
We hope you will accept our invitation to come along, learn about and experience God’s love for you, and respond to the challenge of God’s word. Do get in touch with us via the Contact Us page if you’d like to know more, come along to our Sunday meeting (10:30am), or one of the other activities during the week.
My name is Pete, and I’ve been Pastor of Send Evangelical Church since October 2014. I’m married to Sophie, with 2 children, Phoebe and Solomon. Before I became a pastor I lived in West Wales and worked in criminal law, spending many hours at the local police station. I also have a degree in Economics. With my free time I love running, and taking Sophie to Costa Coffee where my drink of choice is usually a Tropical Fruit Cooler.
I became a Christian in 2004. I’d always assumed that there was a god out there somewhere, but that he was irrelevant to my life. But while at university I heard the Christian message from the Bible that there is indeed a God (a good and loving and holy God), but that I had sinned against him with my thoughts and words and actions. But because God is so rich in love and mercy, he sent his own son Jesus Christ to die on the cross to pay the penalty for my sin.
Suddenly the message about God didn’t seem irrelevant anymore – I realised it was the most important message in the world. I believe it is true because there is no other decent explanation for who Jesus was and what happened to him after he died. And I believe it because the Christian message explains the world and why the world is the way it is better than any other worldview can.
Please do get in touch via the website (my email is firstname.lastname@example.org), or come along on a Sunday, if you’d like to chat about this amazing message and what it means for you.
Kurt Holmgren is married to Lucy and they have a son named Jonathan. He has worked as a primary school teacher in South Africa and here in the UK. Kurt has stopped teaching to pursue children and youth ministry as well as theological training. He is working part-time for Send Evangelical Church as a pastor-in-training with responsibility for children and youth. Kurt is also studying part-time at Oak Hill theological college in North London on Mondays and Tuesdays. He enjoys going for walks with his family and playing guitar and piano.
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Ian Mair is married to Nichola and they have four children – Alex, Ellie, Katie and Beth.
They came to Send Evangelical Church when they moved to Woking in 1997.
Nichola and Ian are both Sunday School teachers.
Ian became a Christian through the Navigators whilst a student and has been involved with them ever since.
He spends some of his spare time working for them as a Navigator Associate and leads a Navigator group in London.
By day Ian works as an IT contractor, hacking around with Java code and sometimes producing some useful software. Ian‘s favourite pastime is playing cricket, which he does at Horsley and Send Cricket Club, playing with the Fourth XI. He is also the club Welfare Officer.
Clive Woodland is married to Val and they have three children and two grandchildren. They have lived in Send since 1987 and been members of Send Evangelical Church since 2013.
Clive became a Christian whilst at school, he met Val after leaving university and they have been members of churches in Cardiff and Woking. Clive worked as a statistician in the energy industry for 34 years before taking early retirement in 2010. For 5 years after that Clive helped Val with her business, which was a Christian bookshop and Post Office. They are now both ‘retired’.
Clive and Val are part of the team for the Lift Off club on Thursday evenings.
Clive’s hobbies are walking and buses, he says that sometimes it is possible to combine the two.
Love God, love one another, love the world
Send Evangelical Church is a community of God’s people who exist to love God, love one another, and to love the world. Therefore, we are a Bible-based, prayer-saturated, Gospel-centred, Spirit-filled church.
We love God because He first loved us. Loving God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is at the heart of all we do, and follows Jesus’ great command to ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ We love God by worshipping Him in all we do.
Loving one another and loving the world are expressions of our obedience to Jesus’ other great command to ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’.
We love one another by encouraging one another, speaking truth to one another, confessing sins to one another, forgiving one another, bearing one another’s burdens, serving one another and praying for one another as a community of God’s people in Send.
We love the world by stewarding God’s creation, by caring for all people because they are made in the image of God, and above all by seeking to share the Good News of God’s love and Christ’s saving death, going out from Send to the ends of the earth.
We are a Bible-based church because we recognise that the Bible is the authoritative and true Word of God. By His Spirit, God speaks to us through His Word, guides us through His Word, and shows Jesus to us through His Word. It contains everything we need for life and salvation, and so we build our church around its truth.
We are a prayer-saturated church because we recognise that it is through prayer that we speak to the God who has first spoken to us, and enjoy our relationship with Him. We also pray because we are utterly dependent on God for any fruit in our lives, our ministry or our mission.
We are a Gospel-centred church because we recognise that the Gospel message, that Jesus died for our sins, was buried and rose again on the third day, is the foundation of our relationship with God. Through the Gospel of grace we receive forgiveness of sins, adoption into God’s family, the sure and certain hope of heaven, and the power to live for Jesus today. Without the Gospel we are without hope and without God in the world.
We are a Spirit-filled church because we recognise that the Holy Spirit indwells each and every Christian from the moment of conversion; and He also dwells in us collectively as the Church, the body of Christ. His work is to glorify Christ by giving us spiritual life in Christ, transforming us to be more like Christ, showing us Christ through the Bible, and building up the Church by His gifts. It is the Spirit who enables us to be Bible-based, prayer-saturated and Gospel-centred; and to love God, one another and the world.
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The churches of FIEC are committed to these truths of historic, biblical Christianity. Below is our Doctrinal Basis.
There is one God, who exists eternally in three distinct but equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is unchangeable in his holiness, justice, wisdom and love. He is the almighty Creator; Saviour and Judge who sustains and governs all things according to his sovereign will for his own glory.
2. The Bible
God has revealed himself in the Bible, which consists of the Old and New Testaments alone. Every word was inspired by God through human authors, so that the Bible as originally given is in its entirety the Word of God, without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine. The Bible alone speaks with final authority and is always sufficient for all matters of belief and practice.
3. The Human Race
All men and women, being created in the image of God, have inherent and equal dignity and worth. Their greatest purpose is to obey, worship and love God. As a result of the fall of our first parents, every aspect of human nature has been corrupted and all men and women are without spiritual life, guilty sinners and hostile to God. Every person is therefore under the just condemnation of God and needs to be born again, forgiven and reconciled to God in order to know and please him.
4. The Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father. He taught with authority and all his words are true. On the cross he died in the place of sinners, bearing God’s punishment for their sin, redeeming them by his blood. He rose from the dead and in his resurrection body ascended into heaven where he is exalted as Lord of all. He intercedes for his people in the presence of the Father.
Salvation is entirely a work of God’s grace and cannot be earned or deserved. It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is offered to all in the gospel. God in his love forgives sinners whom he calls, granting them repentance and faith. All who believe in Christ are justified by faith alone, adopted into the family of God and receive eternal life.
6. The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply his work of salvation. He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life and gives a true understanding of the Scriptures. He indwells all believers, brings assurance of salvation and produces increasing likeness to Christ. He builds up the Church and empowers its members for worship, service and mission.
7. The Church
The universal Church is the body of which Christ is the head and to which all who are saved belong. It is made visible in local churches, which are congregations of believers who are committed to each other for the worship of God, the preaching of the Word, the administering of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper; for pastoral care and discipline, and for evangelism. The unity of the body of Christ is expressed within and between churches by mutual love, care and encouragement. True fellowship between churches exists only where they are faithful to the gospel.
8. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper have been given to the churches by Christ as visible signs of the gospel. Baptism is a symbol of union with Christ and entry into his Church but does not impart spiritual life. The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of Christ’s sacrifice offered once for all and involves no change in the bread and wine. All its blessings are received by faith.
9. The Future
The Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory. He will raise the dead and judge the world in righteousness. The wicked will be sent to eternal punishment and the righteous will be welcomed into a life of eternal joy in fellowship with God. God will make all things new and will be glorified forever.
More details can be found here – https://fiec.org.uk/who-we-are/beliefs
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