Who are we?
Scott Drive is an independent evangelical church affiliated to the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC).
Church simply means that we are a group of believers who meet together to worship God through His divine Son, Jesus Christ.
Independent means we run our own affairs – there is no higher human
organisation in charge of us which takes our money or tells us what to do! However, we do believe that Jesus Christ is the Head of our church, and we are under His authority – we are not independent of Him!
We also believe in the inter-dependence of gospel churches, which is one
reason why we belong to an association known as FIEC (see link below) and
work with gospel-centred churches from other denominations in the Peninsula Gospel Partnership.
Evangelical means we believe in the original gospel message that Jesus gave
to his disciples (‘evangel’ is another word for gospel).
We find the record of this gospel in the Bible, which we believe was inspired by God so that generations after Christ could still receive His message.
The word ‘church’ has actually got nothing to do with a building, it just means a congregation!
For many centuries after Christ, most churches had no buildings of their own,
and met mostly in homes or hired buildings.
We are fortunate today to own a building in Scott Drive – but the real church
is the people!
The FIEC is a group of about 500 like-minded churches in the UK, with whom we work together, in particular to organise joint events, conferences etc.
Visit our Vision page to read more about what we are about!
We meet at
10.30am each Sunday
Visit Services and Sermons page for details
of other services and meetings
New Sunday morning series:
Be sure of your faith!
(the letters of John)
Starting Sunday 6th September
The letters of John (there are three in total, one longer one
and two very short ones) appear right near the end of
the Bible – easy to miss if you’re not careful! It seems most
likely that they were written by the apostle John, the young man who accompanied Jesus in his earthly ministry, brother of
James and son of Zebedee.
But by the time of these letters,John is an old man, probably the only surviving apostle, writing from Ephesus (modern-day Turkey) about 85AD-95AD. Times have changed since the early days of the Book of Acts. The Christian church has spread over much of the Mediterranean world, which has resulted in the Roman Empire identifying it as a threat. But an even greater danger is from the surrounding culture, with false teachers infiltrating the infant church, bringing with them the flavours of the age – the competing philosophies and world views of the Greco-Roman world of the late 1st Century. John writes to vigorously expose and combat these enemies of Christ’s church. But his letters are also designed to give assurance and a true knowledge of the faith to struggling believers, helping them to discern truth from falsehood, and thus enabling the Church to remain true to its calling.
May we, in an age when the Church is similarly beset by much confusion, deception and uncertainty, be greatly fortified and wisely counselled by John’s teaching.