About

Shinfield Church started in 1909 when a group of Christians in the village got together to start a new service. They didn’t have a building so met above a bike shop. Since the Christians came from different church traditions they decided the new church meeting should not belong to any particular denomination so that all would feel welcome.

As the church grew more space was needed. This was provided first by meeting in a tent on a field and having the children’s group meet in Romany caravans. Later a building was erected. This building still stands though it has been added to.

Shinfield church flourishes today. In 2013 it faced an uncertain future and seemed upon the point of closure. But a small number of members got together to pray for God’s help. He answered their prayer in a wonderful way. First a trainee pastor, supported by Wycliffe Baptist Church in Reading, volunteered time to lead the church. Soon after this some local people joined the church family. Next Wycliffe encouraged a small group of its members to join Shinfield to further support the new stage in the life of the church.

Shinfield Church now has a new lease of life and a clear sense of vision as Shinfield village grows and develops. Just as people were given to Shinfield from other churches to help it grow so we also seek to partner with other churches to help them grow. You can read more about this and other parts of our vision of the church on this website.

Shinfield Church is one part of God’s Global Church

Jesus called for all those who follow him to be one. Therefore the church actively seeks to partner with churches of all denominations and traditions who follow Jesus. Leaders and members of the church regularly meet with members from other churches to pray, plan activities and support one another.

The Bible tells us that ‘God…loved the world,’ and he proved this by coming to the world as Jesus. Jesus is full of love. That’s why we want people to meet Jesus. We want to people to know the love of God by loving like Jesus and pointing people to him in our village, our homes, our workplaces and our communities.

Jesus spoke about creating a new kingdom . This kingdom is a place of good news, freedom, truth, liberation and goodness. That’s why we are committed to helping this village, our homes, our workplaces and our neighbourhoods flourish with all the benefits of God’s kingdom. Our motto is ‘A church that loves Jesus and grows in a community transformed by the Kingdom of God,’

We have the following objectives to help us move towards this aim and around which we orientate our activities:

  1. A constant stream of village people exploring the Christian faith and supported into God’s family;
  2. A church full of people from the Shifield community;
  3. Members have a Jesus adoring, kingdom building mentality that serves growth of the church as given by God;
  4. The church well known in the community for good works that making Christ’s gospel attractive;
  5. Provision for all ages to grow in worship, fellowship, outreach, service, discipleship
  6. A leadership team responsive to the Spirit of God and sensitive to the needs of the non-Christian community creating sustainable capacity for the growth of God’s church in the Shinfield area;
  7. To be financially sustainable and give to others in need including charities
  8. Shinfield a model and resource to church growth and planting in the locality;
  9. To be in good relationships with local churches;

Shinfield was given a new lease of life when God sent people from other churches to join us. We look forward to the day when Jesus will send people from this church to help another church in the same way. When the church grows to a regular congregation of 100 adults we are looking to explore whether we should start a new part of God’s church locally, start a new service at Shinfield or partner with another church to help them grow.

As a church we believe and base all our actions and activities on the following truths:

  1. The one true God who lives eternally in three persons — the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
  2. The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.
  3. The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God—fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.
  4. The dignity of all people, made male and female in God's image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement.
  5. The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ — born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.
  6. The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.
  7. The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.
  8. The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.
  9. The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.
  10. The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers — given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit's gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.
  11. The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.


  12. (Taken from the Evangelical Alliance Statement of Faith. Shinfield Church is a member of the Evangelical Alliance)