Twynham Church for the Community is an independent Evangelical Church. Our beliefs are listed in brief below. For full details look at the Evangelical Alliance Website: www.eauk.org
- The one true God who lives eternally in three persons—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
- The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.
- The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures.
- The dignity of all people, made male and female in God’s image.
- The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ—born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human.
- The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross.
- The bodily resurrection of Christ.
- The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.
- The ministry of God the Holy Spirit.
- The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal.
- The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God.
Rob and his wife Alison moved to Christchurch in September 2015 from Langney in Eastbourne where Rob had been leading a church for over 12 years.
Rob has a diverse work background including sheet metal fabrication, sales and senior management as well as church leadership.
In the mid-90s Rob was leading a church planting project among a vibrant, multi-national ex-patriot community on the small island of Cheung Chau off the coast of Hong Kong.
In addition to church leadership Rob and Alison are involved in the work of ‘member care’ or the pastoral support of missionaries and overseas Christian workers through their organisation called Brook Besor which leads Rob and Ali into ministry in other countries from time to time teaching, preaching and debriefing as well as at their home.
Ali is a trained counsellor with a local private practice, but gets involved with the church too. They have two grown up children, Jotham and Nathan, who are also in the church here at Twynham.
Rob has a BA Honours Degree in Applied Theology from Moorlands College, but don’t let that put you off – he is a really down to earth easy to talk to guy!
Jean Williams has been attending Twynham Church for the Community since she was born. She trained as a nurse, midwife and health visitor and went abroad to work with Tearfund and then SIM in Australia, Haiti and finally, Africa, before returning to her home church in 2005. Jean became an elder in July 2011.
Julia has attended Twynham Church for the Community since November 2010. She became a member after being baptized in the sea in July 2011. Before retiring to Christchurch Julia was an infant school headteacher in Southampton. She became an elder in December 2013. Julia is a widow with two married sons and one grandson.
Rachel Cook joined Twynham Church for the Community in 2007. A former teacher, then administrator in a local care home, she became an elder in April 2011. She joined the church staff team as Co-ordinator in Sept 2012. Rachel is married to Chris and they have one teenage daughter.
Charlie Du Puy
Charlie Du Puy is an elder the youth worker at Twynham Church for the Community. He has over 10 years of experience leading youth and children’s activities, and having completed his degree in Leisure Marketing at Bournemouth University he went to work for the youth work charity Impact, where he still volunteers. In his role as youth worker Charlie aims to lead the young people into a place of deeper relationship with Jesus. Charlie has a young daughter and they enjoy getting up to mischief together.
Twynham Church History
Twynham Church as we know it today, began in a thatched cottage in Bargates in the 1860s by Miss Lestrange, who had a heart for the children of the area. In 1870s Miss Susan Tighe joined the new Bargates Gospel Hall, as it was called, starting a Band of Hope for the children. She had another hall built in Jumpers and a group also started to meet in Purewell.
In 1948, in order for all the young people to meet together, the current site of the Church on Barrack Road – an old Soldiers Home – was bought for this purpose. It was used for all the Youth work from Bargates, Jumpers and Purewell.
A new Youth centre was built behind the old building, opening in 1959. The Church then moved from the Bargates Gospel Hall site to start meeting in the new Youth centre each Sunday.
In 1963, the Soldiers Home was pulled down and replaced with a new Church building, where we continue to meet to this day. We are now called Twynham Church for the Community and still have a heart for children and youth.