Belonging to a local church

I want to belong to my local church.

I want to know that I belong.

I want the church to know that I belong.

I want to love, and be loved - within the church.

I want to be cared for, and to care for others.

I want to be able to encourage others, and to be encouraged myself.

I want to be able to serve, under the authority of my church.


The Bible is full of really useful guidelines - to help us understand belonging.

Guidelines that explain how we should relate to each other within our church.

Here are some examples:

Love one another

John 13:34 (NIV)
Serve one another

Galatians 5:13 (NIV)
Be kind and compassionate to one another

Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)
Encourage one another

 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
Offer hospitality to one another

 1 Peter 4:9 (NIV)
Confess your sins to each other

 James 5:16 (NIV)
Stop passing judgement on one another

 Romans 14:13 (NIV)
Forgive one another

 Colossians 3:13 (NIV)
Do not lie to each other

 Colossians 3:9 (NIV)
Don’t grumble against each other

 James 5:9 (NIV)
Submit to one another

 Ephesians 5:21 (NIV)

It goes without saying, that if we are to relate in this way to each other:

We need to know each other.

For this reason, we offer the opportunity to officially belong to our church.

Yes - to be considered a part of Great Hollands Free Church.

If you have been involved in our activities for a while - this may be for you.

If you are interested - please let us know.

We can then meet and talk.

Here are some questions we would want to explore together:

  • Have you been born again?
  • Do you have a living relationship with Jesus?
  • Have you believed and been baptised?
  • Are you in agreement with our statement of faith?

If you are able to answer “yes” to all these questions, and if you wish to proceed - we will propose that you become a member of our church.

If you are uncertain about any of these questions - we will give you all the help and support we can:

  • We are here to help you come to know Jesus.
  • We are here to encourage you to be born again.
  • And if you would like to be baptised - we can help you with that too.

Once you have decided to belong with us, it opens up a whole range of opportunities for you to serve within the church - in accordance with your gifts and abilities (and any relevant church policies).

We also invite you:

  • To pray for your church regularly.
  • To refrain from gossip.
  • To contribute financially to your church.


It is wonderful to belong to Jesus - and his international Church.

It is also wonderful to belong to a local church.

We look forward to welcoming you.

We invite you - to belong.

Belonging to a group of churches

When you join the family at Great Hollands Free Church:

You are also joining a wider family of churches across the UK.

We are part of a group of churches called FIEC:

The Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches.

There are over 560 churches within FIEC.

We vary quite a bit from each other in many ways:

But we all share the same Statement of Faith.

Please click below - to see our statement of faith

Statement of faith

You can find out more about FIEC from their website.

 Link to the FIEC website


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