are a local church working within Great Tarpots in Benfleet, Essex. The
locality is part of a larger area within Castle Point in South Essex. We meet in the Appleton School Drama
situated on Croft Road, Benfleet.
The church began in January 1995 under the
oversight of The River Church, formerly The Elim Way Fellowship, Canning
Town, London E13. Our friendship with the leaders of the church, Rev. Roger
Grassham (and the late Rev. John Barr) is very important the life of this
church. We make ourselves accountable to The River Church and its leaders
for spiritual and practical oversight. We are also accountable to the
Charity Commissioners, as The Kings Church Tarpots Trust, for financial
Diana Jones have lived and worked in Benfleet for over 25 years and have
been involved in local church life for all of that time. Chris has worked
with several local groups including supporting a local children's home, as a
governor of a local primary school, and trustee of a local charity,.
'Our desire is to see folk
enjoying wellbeing in all aspects of life and encouraged so
that each can stand on their own feet in God and function in the church.' They want to see
each person growing in their spiritual and physical life and have the confidence and assurance to be
secure and to find fulfillment within a safe environment. Friendship characterises the
Church, because the Christian walk is about
relationship. 'Our desire is to see relationships flourish in the home,
within the church and within the community.' Chris is a trustee of the Kings Church Tarpots
Trust, and The River Church Centre Trust.
is an administrator for a city banking
family. She is the church treasurer and administrator. She has
faithfully and ably looked after the church finances since the beginning. She is
married and has two grown up children and two grandchildren. Sue is a trustee of the Kings
Church Tarpots Trust.
is married to Mary and has three grown up
children. James is a nurse working with with elderly patients.
is a postman and award winning limousine owner. He has two grown up children, you can read about Bob
and his late wife, Trish, on the 'Listen to the people' link.
'Church, but not as you know it.'
There are many things about church
life that maybe you cannot relate to; our desire is to establish a church
community life which is true to the Christian faith and doctrine but is also
accessible to anyone who wants to find God and live a Christian life in
today's world. We are just ordinary people many of whom did not grow up in
the church, but have found God later in life.
We have close links with all of the
local churches, meeting with them regularly and working with them in the
community. Additionally we have established and maintain links with churches
in America, Holland and Uganda.
looks to support groups with a similar heart for people and so give
regularly to the following national and international organisations.