In the autumn of 2006, a small group of Christians started to meet up each Sunday evening to study the Bible in the Elizabeth House Hotel.
A few months later, that small group began meeting on a Sunday morning under the name ‘Sunday@Swaythling’ as a witness for Christ at Swaythling Primary School. A number of individuals soon began to come to faith and grow in their knowledge of God.
Christ Church Southampton
There were a number of developments in 2010-11. The church became known as ‘Christ Church Southampton’, it moved to larger accommodation at Cantell School and it called a full-time pastor.
Under God’s gracious hand, as we’ve prayed, preached and planned, there has been rapid growth in numbers. What was a small group of a couple of dozen people is now a bustling community of hundreds of people, meeting in three congregations.
As time has gone on, we've begun to team up with other churches in different ways. Our affiliations and associations now include the FIEC, the Southampton Christian Network, the South East Gospel Partnership and the Solent Gospel Partnership. We are also a founding church member of 'Reach South', along with Cornerstone Church Portsmouth and Redeemer Winchester.
We’re a young church, but in our short life we have already experienced wonderful signs of his blessing. As we look to the future, we’re very excited about the prospect of planting new churches. We've recently sent off teams to establish Cornerstone Church Portsmouth (2016) and Redeemer Winchester (2019). And we continue to look for ways to advance the Kingdom of God.
As our network of churches began to expand, we took the step in 2019 of formalising the relationship and giving a name to it. Reach South was formed with the aim of working together in training, resourcing and reaching out, with a particular objective of seeing more churches planted around our region.