In the late 70’s and early 80’s, a group of students began to gather to worship God and pray for peace in our nation. The movement grew, people came to know God, and a church was born with a mission taken directly from the words of Jesus; ‘go and make disciples’.
Out of these small beginnings and after many ups and downs, Kings has continued with this vision to see people come into a relationship with God and to grow into fully devoted followers of Jesus.
We believe relationship with other churches is important, and so we are part of Salt & Light ministries, an international family of churches together on mission. You can find out more about Salt & Light at www.saltlight.org. We also partner locally with various other churches and are members of the Evangelical Alliance. You can read in more detail what we believe here…
Vision and values
We exist to see lives and communities transformed by Jesus. We do this as a family of missionary disciples, joining with God as He makes all things new. Our priorities as a church are:
- To share the God’s story so more people come into relationship with Him.
- To strengthen God’s people as we live as a community on mission.
- To serve the common good in the places we live, work and play.
- To send people locally and globally to go and make disciples of Jesus.
In doing all this we seek to exhibit a culture that values:
Pursuit: We’re passionate about seeking God and worshipping him in our daily lives. We’ll pursue God wherever he leads, whether that be our communities or further.
Looking outward:We don’t just look upwards and inwards. Our church is about showing God’s incredible, life-changing love to our community and world!
Family: We’re in this together. Church is about relationship, through good and bad. At Kings we are family, with each person, young and old having a vital part to play.
Servanthood: Jesus came to serve and not be served. He asked his followers to do the same. We’re not about power or influence, but seek to foster humility and kindness in our community.
Journey: None of us have got it perfect in our relationship with God. It’s a journey and one which has many twists and turns. We want to support one another as we travel deeper into God’s heart.
Being welcoming: It’s not just that we’re family, but that we want people to know they belong, that they have a place and that they are part of a bigger picture.
In Kings we believe in team leadership. We have a fantastic bunch of people who work together to equip the church for the ministry God calls us to.
Our leadership team is made up of three layers:
1. Leadership team
The team provide spiritual leadership, general oversight, pastoral care and direction for all that happens in and through the church.
- Glen and Janine Mitchell
- Iain and Lesley Stewart
- Peter and Lynn Johnston
- William and Rosemary Thompson
- John Shannon
2. Staff team
Our staff team are the people ‘on the ground’ who carry out the practical functions of the church, such as finances, administration, worship and children’s work.
Leads the team and preaches most weeks
Community Engagement Pastor
Communications, Children and Families worker
Finance and Giving
Administrator and Global Mission Coordinator
In partnership with an organisation called Pais we have three ‘apprentices’ working with us this year in youth, children’s and school’s ministry around Bangor.
3. Wider Leadership team
We have a whole host of other key people within the church who lead by caring and serving others. These include all our kids workers, welcoming team, sound and lighting team and those who lead our Community Groups (to mention a few!). We also have a team of Trustees who meet regularly to provide leadership, oversight and guidance.
Policies and Procedures
In order to keep things safe and to adhere to best practice guidelines, we have the following policies and procedures in place:
Safeguarding and Child Protection:
1 Induction Manual
1 Biblical Basis for Safeguarding
2 The Safeguarding Team
3 Parental Consent
4 Definitions of Abuse
6 Responding, Recording & Reporting
7 Code of Conduct in Youth Work
8 Minimising Risks in Church Settings
9 Management of Activities
10 General Safety
11 Managing the Offender in the Congregation
12 Transporting Children
13 Lone Working
15 Social Media
16 Anti Bullying