Our History

A family on a journey

Northgate Church, formerly known as the Church of the Way, was established in Chester in 1976.

It was born out of the house-church, charismatic movement that was sweeping the nation at the time.  The Church of the Way’s founder was a Dutch pastor, Goos Vedder, who, with apostolic input from Bryn Jones, laid the foundations.

Early gatherings were in a function room at the old Arts Centre (now the old Library).  The church grew in number from the original 30 people.  Not long after the Arts Centre burned down in 1979, the church members purchased an old congregational Church, just outside Chester’s City Walls by the Northgate and Northgate Church, as we know it today, was established.

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OUR VISION

Building a Culture of:

 

 

  • Honour and respect

 

  • Humility

 

  • Love and grace

 

  • Inclusivity and Belonging

 

  • Accountability

 

  • Individual Responsibility

 

  • Generosity

 

  • Servant Leadership

 

  • Fun!

Colossians 3:12-15

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

OUR CULTURE

It’s how we operate

Jesus is the centre.
It’s about: Honouring Him in all we do

We believe in big but always start small.
It’s about: Active faith, quality and obedience

We honour one another.
It’s about: Valuing all people – speaking well of each other

We are contributors, not consumers.
It’s about: Engagement and involvement – no passengers

We understand who we are.
It’s about: Embracing our limitations – we can’t do everything

We don’t maintain, we multiply.
It’s about: Ongoing, continuous growth – grow up and grow out

We are still learning.
It’s about: Teachable Attitudes – disciples forever

We want to be known for who we are.
It’s about: Promoting unity – taking our place in the Church in the City

We will not take this for granted.
It’s about: Gratitude, thankfulness and grace

OUR LEADERS

Healthy leadership will take us forward

Northgate Church’s Leadership Team consists of Gerald and Lin Sidery, Joe Bullen, Andy Clark and Jenni Ogden. We also have structured Ministry Teams that enable all aspects of church life to be carried out effectively. They in turn serve and lead to edify God’s church and to effect change in the City of Chester and the surrounding regions. We believe in servant leadership, following the example set by Jesus.

OUR BELIEFS

What we believe

We are all about Jesus. What we believe is in order to help us live Jesus centred lives.

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The Bible

The Bible is God’s Word to all people. Human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, wrote it. Because God inspired it, the Bible is truth without any mixture or error and is completely relevant to our daily lives.

Trinity

God has existed in relationship with Himself for eternity. He exists as one essence in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they possess equal power and authority.

The Father

God is great: He is all powerful, all knowing, holy, ever present, unchanging, and worthy of our trust. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises.

The Son

Jesus Christ is completely human but, at the same time, completely God. He is the only plan for bringing people who are far from God back into a right relationship with God. He defeated death in His resurrection so that we can have eternal life.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit assures us of our relationship with Christ. He guides us into all truth and exalts Christ. He convicts people of their sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Christ.

Eternity

Man was created to exist forever. He will exist either eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. For man to be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven.

Humanity

Humanity was uniquely created in the image of God to have a relationship with God but became separated in that relationship through willful disobedience. As a result, we cannot attain a right relationship with God through our own efforts.

Salvation

The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross for our sins, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sins.

The Church

The Church is a community of baptised believers, united through faith and a common purpose in Christ. It is committed to the teachings of Christ and obeying all of His commands. It brings the love of Jesus to the local community and the nations.

THE ONLY THING THAT COUNTS IS FAITH EXPRESSED IN LOVE / GALATIONS 5:6

CONNECT

Do you have any questions?

Sometimes there are so many questions going through our minds and we wish we could have answers. If you would like ask us any questions, please fill in the form below and we’ll try to answer them as best as we can.

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