We are characterised as a church that chooses not to settle. We see the Church as a force for good, set on constantly moving forward in God (Psalm 84:5-6).
Our interest goes way beyond the meeting of our own needs. We look far beyond our present borders and recognise no ethnic, racial, national or territorial limits.
What we believe
We love, we serve and we bring peace in the places we live and work.
We believe that God is in charge and that it is possible to personally know Him. More than that, we believe that, following submission to God’s rule, He will equip us to live differently – with hope and with power. And it doesn’t stop there. We believe that we can partner with God to make a radical difference in the world. All this takes place in the context of a local church community which is God’s primary vehicle for demonstrating His love and purposes.
You can join one of our groups specifically for those wanting to learn more of God’s way and our response to Him.
We subscribe to the Evangelical Alliance’s basis of faith.
We have assembled a considerable back-catalogue of Bible teaching, not just from Sunday mornings, but also embedded in the many courses and trainings that we offer. Consider our challenging series looking at Hot Topics in society and other series which include teaching on Finance and Handling Conflict.
We also run a variety of short courses each half-term. Focused on training and equipping, these are designed to help us live out our faith in everyday life.
Children and young people
We do a lot for, and with our children and their families. We want them to have a personal relationship with Jesus; hearing from God, learning from Him, responding to Him, and serving Him. We prepare them to take a vital role within their generation – a force prepared, equipped and resourced to reach their peers in a way only they can.
We raise God-connected young people who will stand firm in their own faith. Impassioned young people are mentored to look out and lead those who are younger. They are a fantastic bunch.
Working on the principle that the one who catches a vision and heart for something is often also the one to champion it, we have often been called a church full of leaders! In all areas of church life someone will be responsible.
We also have a Core Team who meet regularly to pray and have senior oversight of the church. They are supported by a group of Implementors who embed the direction provided by the Core Team and ensure the smooth running of the church.
In the community
We believe passionately in making a difference in the places we live and work.
For many, this is in the boroughs of Barking & Dagenham and Redbridge. This takes many forms, but flows from a conviction that we are to be salt and light. In addition to the activities of the church, we birthed separate charities to incubate and extend our reach locally. Numerous initiatives are run through these charities, seeking to bring social justice and salvation to our communities.
Biblical friendship, based on loving God and loving each other is a foundational value. Maintaining deep, real, accountable friendships is really important to us – and we prefer messy networks to encourage one another, rather than structured groups. We believe this is central to the sharing of life and developing of faith.
We help everyone to connect in. If you feel that LifeLine may be the place for you, we’ll invite you to join one of our Foundation Courses, so you can find out more about our values and what we believe before you fully commit.
Praying together is an essential part of our church life. In addition to praying with friends, we have a number of prayer groups:
Intercessory Battle Groups contend for particular issues that God highlights at different times. A weekly Governmental Prayer time focuses on hearing what God is saying and prophetically declaring it into being.
Once a month the whole church gathers together to pray.
We are a relational church and would love to get to know you! The easiest way to meet us is by coming to one of our Connecting_Places: such as Castle Point or simply come to one of our Sunday meetings.
If you’d like to introduce yourself beforehand, or want to tell us something in particular, then please send us a message using this form. Someone will be in touch with you by email, or if you prefer, by phone.