We are a Christian church which is a group of people who believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that the bible tells us all about God’s plan for the world. We believe in the historical fact and purpose of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and we are committed to trying to live lives that are pleasing to God by following the teaching of Jesus.
A Free Church is a Protestant Church, but one which is ‘free’ from the “established” Church of England. The church is self-governing, submitting (we trust) only to the authority of God. The church’s Members’ Meeting is the body that takes decisions within the life of the church and meets quarterly. We are what would be described as an evangelical church – always looking for ways of reaching out into our community.
Although we are Free Church, we are affiliated to the Eastern Baptist Association, and thereby informally linked to the Baptist Union of Great Britain and have a minister who is accredited by the Baptist Union. However, people from any church background – or none – are welcome to attend our services of worship and, on becoming a follower of Jesus, to become a member of the church.
Stock additionally has both an active Anglican Church and a Roman Catholic Church. A Unity Committee was established in Stock many years ago – and Christ Church currently has the chairmanship of it – to enable the churches to do jointly and together as much as possible, so as to give a united witness to Christ to the village.
The church has been in its current, central position within the village since 1889. It has always been a Free Church but was originally affiliated to the Congregational Union. When that denomination merged with the Presbyterian Church in England, the members then determined that Christ Church should change its affiliation to the Baptist Union. It is believed that there has been a non-conformist presence in the village for just over 200 years – a milestone that was celebrated in 2012.