Ecumenical

Community

Church

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.

 

Rt Revd Roger Gurling

My ministry began at an early age as a chorister, then after national service as a server and finally I was licensed as a reader in 1967 by the famous bishop John AT Robinson, a position I still hold (technically). During my service at St Marks, Battersea Rise, I spent some time working with an interdenominational group called the Fraternal where ministers from different churches co-operate in pastoral work, presenting a united front of Christianity to the local community.

I had long been aware of a strong belief that Christianity is not so much a religion, more a way of life and sought to convince our congregation that the hour or so on Sunday is a very small but important element of our faith.

I had long been aware of a call to a more wide ranging ministry. I was ordained a priest in 2001, later became Archdeacon and was consecrated as a Bishop in September 2008.

My main ministry is among housebound and disabled people, a field I have some knowledge of as my late wife was disabled by several medical conditions.. My wife's suffering came to an end in 2007 and this has left me with a great understanding and empathy with the bereaved, and this is an area of ministry I feel called to do due to my personal experience

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