Church of England Diocese of Ely

About Pathfinder Church

7 Oct 2021, 1:45 p.m.
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Pathfinder Church Northstowe

praying, exploring and sharing

We are starting a new adventure here in Northstowe! Like any group of pilgrims on a journey, we expect that we will be changed as we travel. We’ll be changed by the people and places we meet, and as God works in and through us.

If you’d like to be part of this journey…

If you are willing to help shape us, and be shaped by that encounter…

Come and walk a while with us as
we follow Jesus Christ — The Pathfinder.

We’d love you to join the adventure!

About Us

At the heart of this new church community in Northstowe is a recognition that we are seeking to follow The Pathfinder, Jesus Christ.

Our vision is to be people who are praying, exploring and sharing

· Everything we do is grounded in prayer — recognising that the God who made us and loves us is intimately concerned with the practical realities of our day to day life. Prayer looks different for many people — why not come and try out a few ways and see what works for you?

· We're not following a 'blue print' for how to "start a church". We're exploring together — listening to and working with people as they move into Northstowe, as well as listening to and responding to the wisdom of the Christian tradition.

· And we know that we can't do any of this alone. We're here to work together, to bless each other, to learn from each other, sharing this adventure.

Church of England, supported by Churches Together

Something particularly exciting about us is the ecumenical backstory and how that continues to shape us. We’re the result of many years of prayer and planning from local Churches across the denominations, who continue to support and encourage us to grow as a church for this time and this place.

Our minister, Revd Dr Beth Cope,
is an Anglican Priest and Ordained Pioneer Minister, but those who are coming together to form Pathfinder Church come from all traditions and from none: together we are pilgrims on a journey, asking questions and exploring the connections we find between everyday life and our spirituality and faith.

At the same time, being part of an ancient world-wide denomination is a huge privilege. As part of the Church of England, we share in a commitment to be “a visible Christian presence in every community.” We take seriously our calling to come alongside people at all of life’s most significant occasions — including marking births, marriage, and funerals — whether they are regular church goers or not.

We often celebrate baptisms in Northstowe . We use All Saints’ church as the rooted, ancient building for weddings, funerals, and sometimes in partnership for other services.

Partnering with The Pathfinder School

We don’t just meet at The Pathfinder Church of England Primary School, but have the privilege of being part of the family. Beth and other church members are school governors. And Beth supports theKS2 children in the “Worship Gang” to lead collective worship.

Encountering God together in Northstowe<div>Our main weekly gathering is 3.30pm on Sunday Afternoons during School Term —check social media for details</div><div>1st Sundays: walking round Northstowe, noticing and praying. [meeting offsite]</div>

<div>Other Sundays: Join us for interactive all-age conversation, prayer, exploration and worship Experience rooted faith, shaped for this time and this place. Church, but not as you know it. Pathfinder Primary School Hall: 3.30-5pm</div>

<div>1st Wednesdays of the Month, 8pm, “Chicken Soup for the Soul” Church House (6 Woodpecker Close) Stop. Breathe. Pray. Join our monthly midweek quiet space:</div>

<div>Community Partnerships</div><div>Our commitment to exploring and sharing has found us partnering to help build community amongst those of all faiths and none. You’ll find us working with groups including the new Town council, Sustainable Northstowe, Northstowe Sotical, the Foodbank or partnering for events ar Christmas or Remembrance.</div>

<div>Fancy a family breakfast with a little bit extra? On first Sundays every month, 10.30am-12noon, in Pathfinder Primary School , simply come for breakfast, or join in with a range of optional activities including a short act of worship in a ‘chapel space’. Something for everyone.</div>

<div>Join our Monthly community Litter Pick 3rd Sundays 10.30am, meet 6 Woodpecker Cl</div>

<div>Giving</div><div>In celebration of all that God has done for us, we delight in giving back! We are very grateful for initial Church of England seedcorn funding, but, like every other church, we will soon need to rely on financial support from those who come to pay all our costs, from room hire, to wider ministry costs, and of course to also give charitably. So far, we have Twinned a Toilet, supported The Children’s Society, Send A Cow, and currently support International Justice Mission.</div>