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We are a people-focused Community Church within a reformed tradition. We are progressive but Gospel-led Christians.  The ECC+C is categorised as  'Free' Church but in full acknowledgement of its inextricable link with the first Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church via the Apostolic Succession.

The ECC+C oversees a number of pastoral and prayerful ministries around England. We believe God reveals Himself to us via Christ's love and not through man-made dogma. We aim to care for the spiritual and emotional  wellbeing of people at their point of need.

We are not 'Parish' Priests in a traditional sense as we manage a number of dedicated and specific chaplaincies and ministries. We also concern ourselves both practically and prayerfully with the health of our planet and every living creature within it.

If you would like to speak to a representative from our church, please call us on 01590 624731.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the ECC+C

 

As one of the less well known corners of the Reformed Catholic world, we play an important role in helping to provide people who are unchurched (or those who feel disenfranchised from Organised Religion) with a fresh path to Christianity. For years we have aimed to continue the work of the Apostles by transforming lives through the Gospel by how we communicate with people - and not what we preach to them. We share with every single church in the world, a  universal 'Catholic' history and bring together Reformed Catholics, Lutherans and other Protestant (Open and Free) traditions. We are committed towards meeting the pastoral and spiritual needs of our local communites to the best of our abilities.

 

Becoming a Committed Christian

Do This In Memory Of Me.


More people choose not to attend a weekly church service and the result is that fewer people celebrate any form of Holy Communion.

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We hope by writing this piece we will encourage people into wanting to participate in celebrating of the Lord's Supper, even if it is at home with friends and family, but before you start to read this page, please keep these two statements and the words of Jesus in your mind throughout:

God loves all He created. 

Jesus Christ is the ultimate manifestation of love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take this, all of you, and eat it: this is my body which will be given up for you.
Take this, all of you, and drink from it: this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant.
Do this in memory of me.

 

 

 

 

 

Over the last 2000 years millions of people have scrutinised the birth, life, ministry and death of Jesus Christ. They have also been mesmorised by His being the Son of God and the miraculously resurrected Saviour of Mankind. Some have been fascinated and devoted to this fact in awe, praise and faith - others within a grim determination to discredit and disprove this wonderful happening. It is the responsibility of the global Christian Church to lead people back to God and answer His critics.

Sadly, a significant number of people today feel hostile to the 'Church' which claims to be in line with the miracle that is God the Father, the Son and Spirit. We can all relate to this hostility from time to time because if you read your history books, this established 'Church' has done little by way of maintaining or even displaying the powerful message that is all about our Triune God of Love but all the time it still maintains that the very heart of the Christian faith is the Message of Love from Christ, Jesus.

That, to any thinking person, sounds like hypocrisy in its purest form.

Not one of us can continue in our walk with Christ if we lose sight of His Love, but lose sight is what some people who run the Church we talk of, have done time and time again and continue to do so. What does the established Church perceive as their priorities? Married clergy, celebate clergy, pro-contraception clergy, fundamentalist clergy, heretical clergy, gay clergy, women clergy, disgraced clergy, criminal clergy; it is clergy, clergy and clergy again!

We hear little about what the Established Church is going to do about the real and desperate situations and problems the people of the Kingdom, for whom they should act as a good shepherd, are facing. 'Rebuild my Church which has fallen into ruins,' is what Jesus told St Francis 800 years ago. Sadly this has been misunderstood for these 800 years just as the message Jesus gave us personally through the Gospel some 2000 years ago is still being misunderstood - or worse - ignored.

Organised Religion was responsible for crucifying Christ. Has organised Religion today now crucified Christianity? Some think it has and so reject the entire package. Others continue in their path for spiritual peace and redemption all the while disregarding the politics, ploughing on with their much needed soul-food that is their Christian faith. There are various corners of our world where people flock together in their quest for Christian pilgrimage which proves God's children still seek Him, need Him and want Him.

Every Sunday fewer and fewer people attend their buildings for a 'top-up' of God through celebrating the Lord's Supper (Eucharist), through prayer and adoration. So the 'people' of God continue regardless, to seek and find God wherever they can, and do so in humility and reverence, worshipping His Son and His Spirit so freely given to each one of us and honour His Saints. They ask the Holy Mother, blessed amongst women, for her prayers. More and more however, they do this independently of accessing a priest/minister/pastor and a church building. This decison has been made by many in response to a shattered faith in the 'Church'. Tragically people who have stopped attending a weekly service of worship have also stopped celebrating The Mass, the Lord's Supper or the Eucharist, a rose by any other name!

(Some of our community don't believe in Transubstantiation or Consubstantion but some do - we are ecumenical to the core).

People are realising time and time again that the established Church focuses on organised 'religion' all the while frantically trying to maintain the billions of pounds worth of buildings, land and property that come with it - whereas the only building we truly must focus on is that of building upon our relationship with God. He is the best friend we can ever have.

It is God the Father, Son and Spirit we must focus on - not the fractures in religious life or the blinkered 'men' of the mainstream Church too busy counting the coffers to count their blessings. With all the in-fighting and politics now heard of on a daily basis within the established Churches where is the help or motivation for people to access a life of Christian love - a Christian life that starts and ends with the redemptive Love of God through His Son, Jesus.

'...No one gets to the Father except through me.' John 14 14.

Our first and only focus is that God Loves Us and we love Him, therefore we love all He created! God so loves the world He gave His only Son so that all who believe in Him, may not perish but may have eternal life, is a verse found in John 3.  Luther referred to this verse as the Gospel in miniature! The Gospel of John continues to tell us that we were given Jesus to live through Him - that His Love for us was revealed in this way.

As for the Ten Commandments, Jesus' ministry created a bit of confusion here - and so He was asked just which of these Commandments still applies - which is the greatest? The reply given was so clear and without any doubt.

'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind - This is the greatest and first commandment. The second is the same - you shall love your neighbour as yourself. The whole of the Law hangs upon these two commandments.'

Not (as they say) rocket science really, is it? How can we possibly break any one of the Ten Commandments if we stick to those two? The message here that rings out loud and clear is that of LOVE!

We also know that each and every one of us was created to live out God's plan. We all have mission and purpose and that is for a life-long relationship with God through Christ. Through the prophet Jeremiah, God tells His people that He has plans for us, for good and not for harm. Many were in exile then and so people needed to hear what the outcome would be for them to give them hope - and slowly but surely God reveals His plans as and when we need them - He always has as this can also be said of our own lives today. God still has plans for us that will be revealed as and when we need to know and as and when we can cope. In the meantime, we must pray and worship and love God with all we are and the same goes for all He created. Sadly so many people through no fault of their own are in a forced exile from God today and we must do something about it.

Jesus made one single request before He was slaughtered, for us to remember Him by. Break bread as reminder of His body broken and given for us, and drink wine as reminder of His blood, ripped from His body and shed for us.

The Eucharist, The Lord's Supper, Holy Communion - THE MASS - call it what you like as it is all the same thing. This is how we offer bread and wine for God's blessing as a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice He made for us and we take it into ourselves remembering each time we do, exactly why we had Jesus given to us as we did.

In His memory, we must do this to continuously remind ourselves of the message of His love and of our salvation. We are imperfect as beings and have the potential to be quite rotten at times. God knows this is the case. However Christians don't want to live like this really - but our 'sinful' natures fail us again and again. This is why we need a constant reminder.

Taking into our own bodies, a piece of bread or wafer and a sip of wine (either blessed or consecrated according to your belief) at least once a week is that needed reminder of how we must live a life of love. Does this sound too airy fairy or a maybe bit hippy 60's? Well, it is the definition of love we must consider.

Respect, dignity, encouragement, understanding, support, compassion, empathy, sympathy, non-judgement, forgiveness and tolerance; are all qualities that fall into the category of Love for our fellow men and women. It is all too easy to condemn others when they fall short of how we want them to be or how we expect them to be - but within our condemnation - where is love?

Even if someone has committed an act against you which is designed to cause physical hurt, emotional pain or shame, we can deal with it far better as Christians if we forgive rather than if we retaliate. We do not suggest that anyone suffers at the hand (or words) of another uneccesarily, but we can learn to discern if our intended action of defence is justified; or if it is revenge. The two are very different. Millions of unkind actions against our brothers and sisters would not exist if we discerned the difference.

Living a life of God's Love through celebrating the Lord's Supper in His memory clearly gives us the light needed to expose ourselves, our failings and our actions and reactions to others, on a weekly or daily basis.

This is the fundamental step we need to take, along with the constant reminder of our baptism, to remember and maintain a Christian life at all times, because it brings us into the company of Jesus every time we take Him into our bodies to nourish our heart, mind and soul.




Father, you are holy indeed, and all creation rightly gives You praise.

All life, all holiness comes from You through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, by the working of the Holy Spirit. From age to age You gather a people to Yourself, so that from East to West, a perfect offering may be made to the glory of Your name.

He always loved those who were His own in the world. When the time came for Him to be glorified by you, his heavenly Father, He showed the depth of His love. While they were at supper, He took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to His disciples, saying:


Take this, all of you, and eat it: this is my body which will be given up for you.


In the same way, he took the cup, filled with wine. He gave you thanks, and giving the cup to his disciples, said:


Take this, all of you, and drink from it: this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven.


Do this in memory of me.

 

 

 


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