God loves us more than we can imagine. The Bible says that God is love itself (1 John 4:7-8). In fact, we believe that God loves us so much that he sent his son Jesus for us.
…CAUSES A RESPONSE…
We believe that the more we understand the depths of God’s love for us and the good news of Jesus, the harder it is to do anything but worship Him! Because of God’s great love for us, we respond by giving Him the honour, glory, and praise He deserves. We are followers of Jesus.
…WHICH LEADS US TO SHARE.
The natural overflow of our personal response to God is sharing His love with others. We can do that in two ways:
1) by doing our best to love people in the same way that God loves us
2) by telling people about the incredible love of God and the good news of Jesus!
OUR FOUNDATIONS AND VALUES
To see this vision realised we have some important foundations and values as a church.
“Built on a New Testament pattern of church engaging with our 21st century culture”
In the New Testament, the Bible gives us the model of how Church works best and we want to use this as our basis for Church life. We also want to engage with todays 21st century culture showing that Jesus is as relevant today as He was 2000 years ago. Everything we believe is built on the foundation of our faith in Jesus Christ. We can only have life in all its fulness by knowing Him and we want to help others know Him too, therefore responding to and sharing the love of God.
We see throughout the New Testament that the church was a people of the “Word and the Spirit”. As a church we believe that the Bible is the word of God. We base all we believe and do on the teaching of the Bible. We also want to be a people full of the Spirit of God, living lives knowing his presence and power at work day by day.
There are many things that make us the church family we are. But there are five values that really shape us. These are:
We are made by God and for God, so we want God to be at the centre of all we do.
God’s power in us changes us to be more like Him, We don’t want to stay the same as we are when we first encounter God; we want to grow as He works in our lives.
A PLACE TO SERVE
We are all created to serve God and as believers in Jesus we have unique God given abilities that we can use to serve Him and each other.
Jesus came to seek and save those who don’t yet know Him and as Christians we are His ambassadors; people who tell others about Jesus. He has changed our lives for the better and we want to share the amazing news that we can know God because of what Jesus has done.
God made us for relationship with Him and each other. Being a part of a Church community enables us to do life together with others who know and love God. We cannot become like Jesus on our own, We need each other.
MEET THE TEAM
Find out who leads Ascot Life Church and those who work to keep things ticking over.
Dave has been an Elder since 2010 and a part of ALC for 19 years. He is married to Em and they have two sons. Dave is also a part of the Commission UK Team and serves other churches locally. He is a keen cyclist and can often be found out with other ALC cyclists.
Phil has been an elder for over 20 years and is also one of our trustees and oversees church finances.
Phil is married to Janice, and they have a son and daughter, Mark and Clare.
Phil has been an elder since April 1997. He is responsible for the pastoral care in the church as well as the preaching and teaching.
Phil is married to Sandy and they have three sons and four grandsons.
Simon joined the eldership team in December 2019. He is married to Eliz and works as part of the staff team at ALC.
He is particularly focussed on our Sunday evening meeting; LIFE6 as well as serving students and preaching.
Richard joined the eldership team in December 2019. He is married to Angela and they lead the welcome team at ALC.
Jo is our newly appointed Youth Worker. She works 20 hours a week for ALC working with our Young People, creating an environment where they can flourish in their relationship with God.
Beth is serving as part of the ALC staff this year as an intern.
Her particular areas of focus will be graphic design, social media, little children and ladies ministries.
Deb is a member of Ascot Life Church and provides admin support to the staff team. This is a vital enabling and releasing role on the team.
Charis is serving as part of the ALC staff this year as an intern.
Her particular areas of focus will be Childrens and Students minitries.
Toni has just started as our part time children's worker. She is a qualified Primary School teacher and is passionate about our children growing to know Jesus.
Toni is Married to Ben and they have a daughter Summer.
Liz has been a trustee since summer 2017. This is a vital role in church life and helps us to function the best we can as a church.
Paul has been a trustee since summer 2017. This is a vital role in church life and helps us to function the best we can as a church.
Shiela is one of our trustees, working with the elders in our relationship with the Charity Commission and Companies House.
Nyarai is one of our trustees, working with the elders in our relationship with the Charity Commission and Companies House.
WE ARE PART OF:
Commission is an international church family with a shared vision to see:
THOUSANDS OF LIVES, transformed through
HUNDREDS OF CHURCHES, in
TENS OF NATIONS.
Part of Newfrontiers, Commission churches work together to see God’s kingdom advance through church planting, raising leaders, going to the nations, reaching the unreached and working with the poor.
Ascot Life Church was previously Ascot Baptist Church and we are still part of the Baptist Union of Great Britain.
Their vision is: ‘Growing healthy Churches in relationship for God’s mission’.
The EA is the largest and oldest body representing the UK’s two million evangelical Christians. For more than 165 years, they have been bringing Christians together and helping them listen to, and be heard by, the government, media and society.