A Little History
We have been meeting together as a fellowship since September 1996. The commissioning service, for Christ the Servant (CtS), was held on the back of an articulated lorry and was located where the Abbey Meads Village Green is today. All the supporting church leaders, representing Anglican, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Baptist & United Reformed Churches, had been discussing the establishment of several churches within the new North Swindon development for many years and CtS was the first to be planted. Deaconess Maureen Spinks (Methodist), began to lead a small group of Christians, at first meeting in her lounge (the Manse), then moving into a port-a-cabin, temporarily in the Abbey Meads school and eventually in our own purpose built building in July 2001. This nomadic group moved several times with the port-a-cabin, which started at the current village centre and moved to the site of the Catherine Wayte Primary School, while the village centre was being built.
Maureen began her work by establishing several mother & toddler groups for the young families that had started to move into the new housing. The Christians meeting at CtS began with outreach and support for our local community, which we continue to do today.
The church building was mainly funded by the 3 free-church denominations, and the local congregation was heavily involved in designing the architectural layout of both the building and the fittings – kitchen, under-floor heating and multi-media system (though the projector system was added at a later date). The church building project was completed in 2001 and a grand opening service was held just before deaconess Maureen Spinks completed her 5 year tenure at the head of CtS.
We are currently led by Methodist minister, Rev Rachael Wilson, and have also had a Baptist minister, Rev Brian Sweetman, and a URC minister, Rev Gerald England, over the last 20 years. We were joined by a Pioneer Worker, Chris German, between 2016 and 2020.