The Point began towards the end of 2004 with eight adults and 5 children. Vicar Will Kemp moved down from London with his wife Caroline and their three boys to join a small team already in the Hurstpierpoint area. As Will explains, "Our time in London was coming to an end, and we were asking God where He wanted us to serve Him next. We looked at several openings, but none of them quite seemed to fit. Then out of the blue came a phone call from old friends, Matt and Beth Redman, and the idea of a churchplant in Mid-Sussex started to take shape. Before long we were sitting with the Bishop of Horsham, Lindsay Urwin, and the dream became a reality.
The group started meeting in the Kemps' home in September 2004, praying and sharing together, and for the first few months focussed in on just one passage of scripture: Acts chapter two - a picture of what the early church looked like. These verses became key in determining how we would do church at The Point. Our aim from day one has been to take the heart of this two thousand year old model of church, and re-imagine it for today's world.
Over the years the church has grown quickly from that small group and outgrown several venues! We now meet at St Paul’s College, Burgess Hill every Sunday morning. There is something for everyone on Sunday mornings at The Point. We’ve put lots of effort into making Sunday mornings connect with children and young people. Kids can expect lively worship music, relevantly presented bible stories, craft, games, bouncy castle, kids videos and age specific groups where children can encounter God at their own level. Youth have their own venue where they can connect with God and other young people.
For the adults we start with coffee and cakes, before gathering for a time of worship, teaching and prayer. We have a talk designed to open up the bible and apply it to real life. This is the place where we aim to meet with God in a deeper way through His Word, and where we try to think through our faith in a more rigorous way, followed by a time of worship together through music in a relaxed and welcoming environment.
The school Chapel is also available for our use. This is a beautiful quiet space for prayer and stillness. Our Sunday mornings can be a little noisy and busy, so we are really delighted to have some quiet space to offer. We have a prayer ministry team available each week that will operate from the chapel. So if you would like prayer for anything at all, or if you just need some space.
Aside from Sunday mornings we run a range of smaller groups which meet midweek for fellowship, sharing, growing in faith and having fun together. There are also regular prayer meetings and kids and youth events. There is more info about all of these on our website, if you are interested.
We are a very relaxed and informal church with a heart for helping people to meet Jesus. If you'd like to know more about us have a look at our website, or do just give us a call for a chat or drop in and see us, we'd love to say Hi!