The church was started as a ‘house church’ by a small group of people in May 1980. This quickly grew, and became known as the North Hull Christian Fellowship. In 1989, this became a registered charity, and in 1990 changed its name to Hull Community Church.
In 1992, Hull Community Church bought a building from the Lutheran Church on the corner of Cottingham Road and Newland Avenue. This was renovated to increase the size of the main hall and turn the manse into offices.
The heart of the church has always been to build a community on the love and compassion of Jesus, and reach out with that same love to heal broken lives and see neighbourhood and community heart and wholeness restored.
During the 80s and 90s, a number of projects came out of the church reaching into the community. These included the Lighthouse Project, Rhema Youth Works, RESPECT, Crisis Pregnancy Centre, Eternal Benefits Furniture, Kingstown Friendship Club, Toddler Group, and Summer Club.
By the mid-90s it became clear that the building was not big enough for all the church and community work that we were involved in. We started looking at our options, and in 2001 made the decision to demolish and rebuild the church centre. It took until 2005 to raise the funds to build the new centre, but £2.2 million later and we have a great new facility that opened on 25th June 2006.
Since the opening, our support into the community has greatly increased, and many new people are becoming part of the church and weekly activities.
During the demolition of the old building, we found a time capsule which was laid behind the foundation stone when the Lutheran church was being built in 1967. This inspired us to create our own time capsule which we laid behind our own foundation stone which declares simply, “FOR HIS GLORY”.
To read the story of the construction of the new building, click here.