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About us

Here you can find out who we are from our call, our team and our church values

Just as Joshua built an altar of praise in the promised land as a witness to the promise God had made him, we are building an altar of praise in Lakenham, claiming the people of Lakenham for God.

We are not interested in 'sheep-stealing' but in seeing the restorative life of Jesus through new birth in Christ come to fruition in people's lives. We believe in, and practice healing and deliverance ministry because we want to see people living in the fullness of all that God has for them.

We have a small Sunday school and cell groups which meet during the week. The details of these can be found in our ministries section of this website.

We meet every Sunday at 10.15am at New Hope Christian Centre, Martineau Lane, Norwich NR1 2HX.
Telephone 01603 617905.

You are welcome to join us.

Leadership team: John Betts; Roger Smith; Victor Gillon; Dave Brennan
Ministry team: Duane Elkins; Clare Elkins; John Betts; Roger Smith; Jenny Drake; Gwilym Davey; Elizabeth Davey
Trustees: Elizabeth Davey (Chair); Everjoice Makuve; Duane Elkins; Richard Sadler

Our team:
Pastor Duane

Duane Elkins

Church Leader


Gwilym Davey

Responsible for Musical Worship

Pastor Clare
Clare Elkins

Church Leader

Pastor John
John Betts

Pastor Emeritus

Healing and Wholeness

Jenny Drake

Church values

1) The Bible

The basis of our belief is the Bible.  We believe that all of Scripture originated with God, and he gave it to chosen men to write down.  The Bible reflects the individual backgrounds, styles, culture and vocabularies of human authors but also speaks with God's authority.

We believe that the original manuscripts are reliable and trustworthy.  They are the unique, full and final authority on all matters of faith and practice, and there are no other writings similarly inspired by God.  2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21.

2) God

We believe that there is one God, existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Each Person equally possesses all the characteristics of the Being and the Personality of the One God.  Matthew 28:19.  (One God in Three Persons is called the Trinity).

In the beginning God created the Earth and the Universe out of nothing and He continues to maintain its existence by His power.  He takes a personal interest in His creation and is actively involved in working out His purposes.  John 1:1-4. 


3) Jesus Christ


Jesus, the Son, is the second Person of the Trinity.  He has always existed.  He is God but He is also totally human. By the miracle of a virgin birth God came into this world.

We have all chosen to go our own way and live without God's authority over our lives (Romans 3:10,23).  God is a God of justice, so because  of all the things we have done wrong, we deserve to be punished by Him and sent to Hell for eternity. Because of our human nature, we can't do anything to please God and change this situation.

When Jesus died on the cross He was punished in our place (1 Peter 1:18-19; 3:18; Isaiah 53:4-6). This satisfied God's justice.  Jesus did not stay buried.  He physically rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3-6) and then returned to Heaven where He speaks to His Father on our behalf.

When God has finished working out His purposes, Jesus will personally and visibly return to the earth (Acts 1:9-11) and the dead will be raised.  He will then create a new Heaven and a new Earth.

When we die, we have to stand before God as our Judge.  Those who have accepted God will live with Him forever.  Those who reject Him will be condemned and sent to Hell forever.  Acts 4:12; Matthew 25:41,46;  Hebrews 9:27.


 4) The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity.  He speaks to people about their need for God's forgiveness. He helps us to say sorry to God and to believe in Jesus.  Once we become a Christian, He transforms us so that we can be like Jesus and live pure and obedient lives.  He also gives us the power to do the things that Jesus did.

John 3:3-18;  16:7-11;  John 14:16-17, 26;  1 Corinthians 3:16; Galatians 5:22-25;  Acts 19:1-6;  1 Corinthians 12:7-11.


5) The Church

When we have said sorry to God and accept His authority over our lives we are joined with other believers to form the Church.  This is not a building built of bricks on a street corner.  Jesus is the Head of the Church (Col 1:18) who controls and directs its affairs. As His body, it is the means by which Jesus continues to live out His life and mission in the world.

There is only one Church and it is made up of all Christians, past, present and future.  The first meeting when all the members are present, is still in the future when Jesus returns.  

We express our membership of this One Church through our membership of the local church.  The Christian Fellowship, Norwich is a church in this local sense and each believer is also a part of The Church in its wider sense.  It is part of our conviction that the members of each local church are free to seek and respond to the will of God as they understand it. 

As a local church, we are called together to learn, pray, worship and support one another.  We are responsible to use our gifts and reach out to the world and share with others what God has done for us.

No one in the church is more special or more important than anyone else.  No one stands between us and God.  We are all priests, and we are all called to participate in worship and service.  We are to work together in love and unity with the one ultimate purpose of glorifying Jesus.

We believe God calls some, women and men, to minister in the church.  God gives these people in order that the whole church is built-up in its faith and work. 1 Corinthians 1:2;  Ephesians 1:22-23;  4:11-16.



6) Baptism


Baptism is by total immersion and only for those who have personally said sorry to God and accepted His authority over their lives.  Baptism, together with faith and repentance is how we respond to the Gospel and become disciples of Jesus Christ. (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38).  Jesus commanded baptism (Matthew 28:18-20) and was Himself baptised fully in water (Matthew 3:13-17).



7) Communion

The Lord's Supper or Communion is at the heart of Christian worship as we celebrate His death and resurrection. The "Lord's Supper" reminds us of the meal in the upper room before the arrest, trial and execution of Jesus.  The word "Communion" points to the one-ness, deep sharing and belonging which opens up between believers and with Christ Himself.

The Lord's Supper is a remembrance of Christ's death on our behalf.  It is open to all those who have confessed Christ.  We can only eat the bread and drink the wine if we are right with other believers. This means we that we must examine our relationships with others before taking communion.  Matthew 26:26-29;  1 Corinthians 10:16-21;  11:17-29.

 8) Liberty Of Conscience

 We do not force anyone to believe.  We believe in religious freedom for all, to believe or not to believe.  We think like this because we believe that each of us is responsible before God and that no other person should try to take that freedom away.  Acts 4:19;  5:29.

 9) Faith And Practice

Scripture is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice.  This church recognizes that it cannot bind the conscience of individual members in areas where Scripture is silent.  Rather, each believer is to be led in those areas by the Lord, to whom he or she alone is ultimately responsible.

We believe the Statement of Faith to be an accurate summary of what Scripture teaches.  All members shall refrain from advocating doctrines not included in the Statement of Faith in such a way as to cause dissension.

1 Timothy 6:3-5;  2 Timothy 2:23-26.



10) Mission

“We believe that it is the duty of every disciple to bear personal witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to take part in the evangelisation of the world.” Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8.

We at New Hope Christian Centre have committed ourselves to the teaching of the word of God, fellowship, sharing the Lord’s supper and prayer. We are filled with awe at the many wonders and signs done through the Spirit of God. As believers, there is a unity of purpose among us and we are generous to anyone who has a need. Our numbers are continuing to grow as God adds to us those who are being saved.

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