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:
Starts 11th September
The suffering of Job
It’s late July, the start of the summer holidays, and I’ve just listened on the radio to a man giving vent to his deep frustration after experiencing a 12-hour delay crossing the Channel at Dover – due, it seems, to increased French security checks, and maybe also a shortage of staff to accomplish this.
The man is angry – very angry! He’s angry with the French authorities, angry at the lack of information, angry at the inadequate response of the British police to the long tailbacks on the A20, angry on behalf of the man in the car in front of him who is trying to cope on his own with two young children – angry at the injustice of the whole thing: ‘We’ve done nothing to deserve this, and nothing to cause it; why should this be happening to us? Why doesn’t someone do something about it? What do we have people running our ports, ferries and transport system for, if not to deal with problems like this? Where are they?’
Few things upset, frustrate, perplex and enrage us as much as unfair suffering. We can feel that we are completely absolved of any responsibility for causing the problem, but equally we also believe that someone, somewhere, surely, could do something about it – it doesn’t have to be like this!
And that’s exactly the dilemma which the Book of Job confronts head-on. ‘Why am I suffering like this, when I’ve done nothing to bring it on? And why doesn’t God – if he really is the God we’ve been told about, an all-powerful Being, who is loving towards all that he has made – do something about it? Doesn’t it matter to him? Doesn’t he care? Where is he NOW?’
This is what we will be thinking about on our Sunday mornings from 11th September (co-incidentally, the anniversary of the attack on the Twin Towers). We may already have uttered the cry of Job ourselves, or know people close to us who have done so; perhaps some have begun to doubt God because of it? But whether it has touched us personally or not, all of us need to reckon with the situation Job faced – his plight is one common to humankind; we need whatever wisdom God has to offer to cope with the disturbing reality of suffering and evil all around us, to help us make our own way along the road of life stretching before us, prepared for whatever may befall...