We are a group of people, mainly from within the Nationalist community, who have a love for, and desire to serve, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. We are an independent Christian Fellowship and have no formal ties to other churches or organisations. We describe ourselves as just Christians.
We began in 2000, meeting mainly in homes in the area, but on occasions in the community room of the Diary Farm Library on the Stewartstown Road. Having initially started with two Christians leading for a few years, and with another working also for a short time later on, John Duffy continues to lead us himself now for several years. Since late 2011 we have been meeting in the Andersonstown Leisure Centre for Sunday worship, as well as in a number of homes during the week.
Ethos and aims
We want to live out our Christianity in a way which is relevant to the culture of the local community in West Belfast. We try to provide a welcoming environment where people can come and share Christian fellowship. We want to see lives renewed, relationships restored, and hope created. We want to see people develop their God-given abilities, especially spiritual ones, for the good of others, with Christian values benefiting all areas of life. Above all, we believe that this will occur as people get closer to God, through a growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
Relationship with God
Many people want to know the peace of God, the sense of freedom and forgiveness from the guilt of past sins, a fresh start and a deepening knowledge of a loving God working in their lives. The key to receiving these is to trust in Jesus. He said; "I am the way and the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14v6). He also promised; "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11v28). Jesus calls us to acknowledge our need of forgiveness and restoring, to place our trust in him alone, no matter what our past has been, or what situation we find ourselves in. Because of Jesus’ atoning death and resurrection life, we can receive all these blessings freely, from God the Father, by faith, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
We believe in God's Word, the Bible, as the ultimate basis of our beliefs. We read it to hear what God is saying to us, so that he will guide us, and we can adjust our lives and views so that they are more in line with what he says. We are contemporary in our form of worship, but are not charismatic/pentecostal. See the 'statement of faith ' for more information on our beliefs.
Click here for our introduction leaflet (PDF format).