THE Point Church, Burgess Hill, in Chichester
diocese, began as a church-plant ten years ago. It was one of the
first Fresh Expressions, and started with a few people meeting in
the living room of the Priest-in-Charge of the Mid-Sussex Network,
the Revd Will Kemp, and his wife, Caroline. With them were the
singer-songwriter Matt Redman and his family, and the then Bishop
of Horsham, the Rt Revd Lindsay Urwin OGS. The church grew quickly,
and now meets in a school hall on Sunday mornings.
"There have been many highlights over the past ten years," Mrs
Kemp says. "Some great ones have been 'Pass it on' outreach events,
reaching out into the communities around the church, which have run
every year; 'Walking the Land', a giant prayer-walk across
Mid-Sussex over 24 hours, involving many local churches; starting
our 'Church in a Pub' initiative; seeing thousands of people pass
through the church doors; and, the biggest of all, seeing many
people meeting Jesus for the first time."
The ten-year celebrations included a glittering awards evening
for those who had made outstanding contributions, including awards
to the Leach family (above); a morning service, with
Bishop Urwin as a special guest who "preached with his usual
passion on being salt and light in the community"; and, finally, an
evening celebration that gathered many friends of The Point from
neighbouring churches to celebrate all that God had done through
the church in the past ten years.