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Following Jesus

In the whole of human history, no-one is more loved and hated, or talked about, than Jesus Christ. This section discusses who he was and what he said.

Roughly two thousand years ago, Jesus was born in a nowhere town. Jesus’ mum was a poor, unwed teenage girl who was often mocked for claiming she conceived via a miracle. Jesus was adopted by a carpenter named Joseph and spent the first thirty years of his life in obscurity, swinging a hammer with his dad.

Around the age of thirty, Jesus began a public ministry that included preaching, healing the sick, feeding the hungry, and befriending social misfits such as drunks, prostitutes and thieves. Jesus’ ministry spanned only three short years before he was put to death for declaring himself to be God. He died by shameful crucifixion like tens of thousands of people before and after him.

Jesus changed history and millions of people have been personally changed by who he is and what he did.

Go Deeper

Whether you’re reading about Jesus for the first time, or you’ve been attending church for years, the simple steps below will enable you to go deeper.

Alpha

We champion Alpha as the first port of call for someone who isn’t a regular church-goer, who has questions about faith, God, religion and the meaning of life.

Over 2 million people in the UK and 15 million worldwide have now attended an Alpha course, an opportunity to explore the meaning of life, running in tens of thousands of churches of all denominations across the world.

Alpha is an opportunity for anyone to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed setting over eight thought-provoking weekly sessions, including a meal. More information can be found on our Alpha page.

Discipleship

Who we are becoming is formed by the daily routines and practices of our everyday lives. The power of spiritual discipline is central to the journey of discipleship. We invite you, as part of this church, to live out these five patterns: pray daily, read the Bible, join a group, commit to a service, walk with others.

Come on a journey through Discipleship, our goal is that at Discipleship will help you to know Christ better, follow Him more faithfully and in doing so help others to become His followers.

Meeting in a small group, you will really get to know your table members over the course as well as learning vital skills; how to read the Bible and pray, how to share the Christian faith and how to identify and use the gifts God has given each of us to serve Him and others better.

Freedom in Christ

The Freedom in Christ helps Christians to reach their potential and become fruitful disciples.

It involves 13 sessions and a ministry component called “The Steps to Freedom in Christ”, to  helps Christians understand who they are in Christ, the nature of the spiritual battle, and how to move on to maturity. “The Steps to Freedom in Christ” helps Christians deal with negative influences and unresolved spiritual conflicts in a straightforward, gentle and kind manner.

The course will help you to stand firm in the freedom gained, especially through renewing the mind (Romans 12:2).

Freedom in Christ is for absolutely anyone.

Connect

There are three ways we encourage you to connect to life at St Paul’s Crofton: Sunday Services, House Groups and Ministry Groups.

Step 1 – Sunday Services

Step 2 – House Groups are where you can easily make friendships and learn to live out your faith alongside others. It is one of the best ways to become part of the church family and connected into the life of St Paul’s.

They are small groups of 8-12 people that meet in homes, eat together, study the Bible, pray for one another and encourage each other.

Step 3 – Ministry Groups

We strongly believe that church shouldn’t just be about Sundays. We have a Ministry group for Men, Ladies, Seniors, Youth and more.

Our youth ministry exists to reveal God to young people and to equip them to grow deeper in love for God, to enjoy being with other believers and to experience God's power in their lives. Check out the website for a group that you may be interested in.

Pastoral Care

As a family we want to look out for one another. Our pastoral care team will seek to connect you to the right care and support that match your needs.

Prayed Out

Jesus showed and taught us to pray and that’s what we will do. We have a prayer ministry team every Sunday available immediately after the Sunday morning service. It does not matter how small or big your prayer request is, God's listening – so let's pray!