We are an independent evangelical church that comes together to meet in the village of Little Paxton – around half of the congregation travels in from the surrounding villages. Though we come from different locations, different backgrounds and are different ages we are united by our faith in Jesus Christ and commitment to be a gathering of God’s people.
WHEN AND WHERE
We meet at Little Paxton Primary School at 10.30am for our morning service and again at 6pm for an evening service. Once a month we have an afternoon service at 4.30pm known as Teatime Church, this is a relaxed and informal environment to consider some of life’s big questions
Little Paxton Primary School
HISTORY OF KINGFISHER CHURCH
Kingfisher Church was planted by St. Neots Evangelical Church. Beginning from a home group, already established in Little Paxton, we started to hold monthly meetings at the start of 2013. The name Kingfisher was chosen with help from the village during its yearly summer festival. Whilst the name Kingfisher reflects the wildlife in the local nature reserve it also reflects the nature of the church, a people called to be ‘fishers of men’ for Jesus the King.
Rich Fairbairn was called as our first paid elder and pastor in 2014. We were established as a fully independent church the following year. In Spring 2019 we called Paul Dutton to join us as a paid elder and pastor in training. Paul was commissioned as an elder in September 2019.
We continue to keep a close working relationship with St Neots Evangelical Church and Christ Church Cambourne (another plant from St Neots) whilst also working with other evangelical churches in the area as opportunities arise.
I’m a pastor at Kingfisher church and joined in September 2014. My wife and I have three children. My grandfather was a baker and I have taken up his profession as a hobby and love to bake bread.
As a minister of the Bible, I long to be like the person described in Isaiah 66:2 who trembles at the word of God.
My family and I joined Kingfisher in September 2019 as I undertook the role of assistant pastor. I enjoy playing guitar, Athlean-x workouts, and in recent months I’ve taken up jump rope (yes, I’m just trying to make skipping sound more impressive).
A favourite Bible passage is Psalm 121 which God used to remind me my hope is to be in His unchanging nature and not my changing circumstances.
My family and I were part of Kingfisher from the very beginning. Having served as an elder at St Neots Evangelical Church for 24 years I shared in the work of planting Kingfisher. I enjoy playing football and running.
A favourite Bible passage is Psalm 121, a good reminder to lift our eyes to Christ and find our hope in
My family and I were part of Kingfisher from the very beginning. I joined the staff as part-time administrator in summer 2017. I love to run and have enjoyed taking part in several half-marathons
and two full marathons for charity.
A favourite Bible passage is Romans 8:37-39, a reminder of how secure we are in Jesus’ love.
My husband and I joined Kingfisher in 2015 and I took up the role of treasurer in September 2020, having had previous treasurer experience with local charities. I enjoy walking especially with my dogs, family and friends.
A favourite Bible passage is 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. It reminds me of how love should be and that without it my works will be somewhat useless.
I joined Kingfisher as an Apprentice in September 2020. I’m a big fan of baking, running, coffee and I love to listen to the cricket.
One Bible passage that is particularly precious to me is Ephesians 2:8, because it reminds of the grace that God has shown me and how much he loves me.
We are the place of God’s presence, living and expanding for His glory.
How should we at Kingfisher Church think about ourselves? Maybe the best way to answer that question is to consider where Kingfisher Church fits into the Bible story.
The story of the Bible could be summarised like this…
In the beginning God created a world where he could live with his people and they could enjoy his presence. This wonderful relationship was torn apart when people sinned against God and rejected his rule. The terrible result was that people were removed from God’s presence and no longer had access to his blessings. But God’s purposes are bigger than people’s sins.
Over time God revealed and accomplished a breath-taking rescue plan. This plan reached its peak when God himself took on flesh and came to live among his people. All that was lost in the fall is found in Christ. He came to die for the sins of his people, removing the barrier that had long prevented relationship with God. He rose from the dead and now all who trust him will be brought safely, in him, into a new creation. In the new creation God will live with his people and they will enjoy his presence, eternal joys, for ever and ever.
Where does Kingfisher Church fit into this story?
We live in the space between Christ’s resurrection and his return. This means that we are the beginnings of the new creation, or as Paul writes:
we are the temple of the living God2 Cor. 6:16
Kingfisher Church is a group of Christians who have committed to be a church together which means that we are the temple of the living God – or to put it another way: we are the place of God’s presence. In a very real way God himself, through the person of the Holy Spirit, lives among us. The implications of this are immense:
it is a privilege and a responsibility.
it is something to be enjoyed and pursued.
The local church is breath-taking!
It is easy to think that Kingfisher Church is small and insignificant, or to think that it is just a practical necessity for local Christians. Both of these views miss the awesome reality that Kingfisher Church is the place on earth where the presence of the living God dwells. This means that it is the only thing that will last into the new creation. Of course this is true of every local church, but let’s not miss how precious it is to belong to Kingfisher Church.
Living together as the place of God’s presence, guarding it, according to God’s Word
Kingfisher is the place of God’s presence. This shapes how we relate to one another. Since God dwells among us we are to love one another deeply. This love aims at deepening relationships which build one another up into Christ.
Expanding the church through God’s Word
Kingfisher is the place of God’s presence. This shapes how we relate to others. Since God dwells among us we are to love others deeply. This love aims at seeing others come to belong to Christ, that is, taking the good news near and far.
This paper is intended to help reflect more in Kingfisher’s vision statement. Further recommended reading:
God Dwells Among Us – Expanding Eden to the Ends of the Earth, G. K. Beale and Mitchell Kim, IVP, 2014 (Intermediary level)
The Temple and the Church’s Mission – A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God, G. K. Beale, IVP Apollos, 2004 (Advanced level)
What is Church Membership?
A church is a local gathering of Christian believers who are called ‘members’. We recognise members of the church in order to strengthen personal faith, evangelise the world, expose false gospels, to edify the church, and to glorify God. Therefore, we expect every Christian associated with the church to be formally recognised as a member.
We recognise members by making doctrinal and relational commitments to one another, according to what is expected of every Christian. The doctrinal commitment is to accept the church’s basis of faith and to consent to this statement. The relational commitment is described in the members’ covenant.
All new members are required to make the following commitment to the church family. From time to time the church family will reaffirm this commitment to one another.
We believe that by God’s grace we have been united with Jesus Christ through faith, and so, have fellowship with God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Now, relying on his gracious help, we promise to live together as Kingfisher Church.
We will welcome and test biblically instruction from the Scriptures, seeking to grow together into Christ.
As Christ has loved us, we will seek to love one another.
We will care for one another, humbly seeking to encourage, teach, and admonish as occasion may require.
We will share our joys and sorrows, and with gentleness seek to bear one another’s burdens.
We will keep meeting together, sharing in the Lord’s Supper, submitting to our leaders and remembering to pray for ourselves and others.
We will be eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
We will work together to continue the evangelical ministry of this church. We will contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of this church both financially and otherwise.
May the God of endurance and encouragement grant us to live in such harmony with one another, that together we may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Bible references: John 13:34-35; Romans 12:5, 10; 14:19; 15:14; 1 Corinthians 12:25; Galatians 5:13; 6:2; Ephesians 4:2, 3, 32; 5:21; Philippians 2:3; Colossians 3:9, 12-17; 1 Thessalonians 4:18; 5:15; Hebrews 3:12-14; 10:24-25; James 4:11; 5:9, 16; 1 Peter 4:9; 5:5.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
What We Believe
We affirm the classic Christian creeds and confessions which summarise the historic message of the gospel and God’s Trinitarian nature, and we rejoice in the summary statement of the Protestant Reformation – that salvation is revealed in Scripture alone, in Christ alone, through faith alone, by grace alone, to the glory of God alone.
This Statement of faith is a summary of the beliefs we consider essential for biblical Christianity.
There is one God, who exists eternally in three distinct but equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is unchangeable in his holiness, justice, wisdom and love. He is the Almighty Creator; Saviour and Judge who sustains and governs all things according to his sovereign will for his own glory.
2. The Bible
God has revealed himself in the Bible, which consists of the Old and New Testaments alone. Every word was inspired by God through human authors, so that the Bible as originally given is in its entirety the Word of God, without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine. The Bible alone speaks with final authority and is always sufficient for all matters of belief and practice.
3. The Human Race
All men and women, being created in the image of God, have inherent and equal dignity and worth. Their greatest purpose is to obey, worship and love God. As a result of the fall of our first parents, every aspect of human nature has been corrupted and all men and women are without spiritual life, guilty sinners and hostile to God. Every person is therefore under the just condemnation of God and needs to be born again, forgiven and reconciled to God in order to know and please him.
4. The Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father. He taught with authority and all his words are true. On the cross he died in the place of sinners, bearing God’s punishment for their sin, redeeming them by his blood. He rose from the dead and in his resurrection body ascended into heaven where he is exalted as Lord of all. He intercedes for his people in the presence of the Father.
Salvation is entirely a work of God’s grace and cannot be earned or deserved. It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is offered to all in the gospel. God in his love forgives sinners whom he calls, granting them repentance and faith. All who believe in Christ are justified by faith alone, adopted into the family of God and receive eternal life.
6. The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply his work of salvation. He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life and gives a true understanding of the Scriptures. He indwells all believers, brings assurance of salvation and produces increasing likeness to Christ. He builds up the Church and empowers its members for worship, service and mission.
7. The Church
The universal Church is the body of which Christ is the head and to which all who are saved belong. It is made visible in local churches, which are congregations of believers who are committed to each other for the worship of God, the preaching of the Word, the administering of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper; for pastoral care and discipline, and for evangelism. The unity of the body of Christ is expressed within and between churches by mutual love, care and encouragement. True fellowship between churches exists only where they are faithful to the gospel.
8. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper have been given to the churches by Christ as visible signs of the gospel. Baptism is a symbol of union with Christ and entry into his Church but does not impart spiritual life. The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of Christ’s sacrifice offered once for all and involves no change in the bread and wine. All its blessings are received by faith.
9. The Future
The Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory. He will raise the dead and judge the world in righteousness. The wicked will be sent to eternal punishment and the righteous will be welcomed into a life of eternal joy in fellowship with God. God will make all things new and will be glorified forever.