An overview of who we are
Welcome to Garland Street! We're a relaxed and friendly church in the heart of Bury St Edmunds.
We're a fellowship of local Christians who believe we're called together to love, worship and serve God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
One thing you can be sure of is that you'll receive a warm welcome.
We love meeting new people and are blessed to be able to cater for all ages with various activities throughout the week, from children's clubs, 18-30s activities and loads going on for those who are more mature in age and everyone in between. We also have links to other ministries and initiatives to ensure we truly are a church for our community!
Our Vision and mission
Our mission statement is: 'To follow Jesus and make him known'
Our vision statement as a church is: 'By 2024, in God's strength, we will be united by a vibrant faith and deepening knowledge of Christ. We will be a multigenerational church, committed to sharing the love and message of Jesus with our community.'
What we believe
We believe that Jesus Christ is the only Son of God, and that in His death and resurrection he reconciled us with God. Through fellowship, worship, praise, communion, prayer and Bible study we aim to strengthen and encourage one another, to lovingly care for our neighbours, to serve our community, and to bear witness to the good news about Jesus Christ. We also support those who serve Him both at home and abroad.
Where we've come from and where we're heading
As a church we have been praying that we would see more people come to know Jesus, we have been longing that we would be able to reach out to our community and be a shining light for our town. The church has seen a steady decline over many years and has an older congregation in age. The leaders and deacons of the church released the vision above, after a lot of discussion and prayer, this has also been approved by the church. We're really excited about the future of the church and we've seen God working in amazing ways.
Recently we have appointed a new pastor to lead the church, we also have some exciting new roles we are looking to recruit for. Along with this our hall building is undergoing refurbishment to make this space much more welcoming and modern. We're also launching new services, with an informal service in the morning, pastries and coffee is served before with worship led by the band. This is the service we are looking to implement youth and childrens work in. We also have a more traditional service in the early evening, with worship led by the organ, this is a more reflective service.
We are really excited and believe God will do some great things, we hope you'll consider joining us on this challenging, yet exciting journey.