Our Vision

Our vision is to see God’s will done and His Kingdom come in the Stourbridge area and beyond, as it is in Heaven.

Our Mission

Our mission as a church is to play our part in making Christ known to all people within seven miles of Stourbridge, enabling them to become fully devoted followers of Christ and helping transform communities.

Our Values

1. Intimate

  • We develop intimacy with God through love for the Bible, worship, prayer, and right living.
  • It is intimacy with God that inspires us to be inclusive, involved, inter-dependent and have positive impact.
  • We respect that people respond to God at different times and in different ways.

2. Inclusive

  • We strive to be as welcoming, generous and life-changing as Jesus Christ.
  • Because God is Love, we welcome all those we meet, whatever their story, beliefs or lifestyle (without undermining child-protection/ safeguarding requirements).
  • We receive enthusiastically the ministry of both women and men, young and old.

3. Intergenerational

  • Jesus calls us to reach out to the whole community and we look to draw alongside people whatever their age and stage of life: young, old, married, single, parents, students etc...
  • We recognise the value of a church of all ages and look to learn from each other.

4. Involved

  • Inspired by Jesus Christ, we strive to meet peoples’ physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs.
  • People are enabled to use their God-given gifts and talents to serve in and through the church and wider society.
  • Our involvement is demonstrated through regular participation in worship, prayer, giving, small groups and serving (volunteering).

5. Interdependent

  • We rejoice that relationships are at the heart of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and seek to live openly and honestly with one another.
  • We are just one of many vibrant churches in the wider Stourbridge area and celebrate being part of the 'body of Christ', uniting us with churches near and far.
  • We work in partnership with others, both Christian and other agencies, to bring about social and spiritual transformation in the wider Stourbridge area and in other parts of the UK and world.

6. Impact

  • Jesus made a big impact on people, spiritually, emotionally and physically. People from all walks of life experienced real change in their circumstances.
  • Today, we continue to pray for the Holy Spirit’s supernatural intervention, encourage each other to grow in our journey towards Christ, and strive to make a positive impact in the wider Stourbridge area and beyond.
  • Being good stewards of God’s earth and resources, we prioritise what makes most impact, whilst minimising our footprint.

Our Beliefs

  1. We believe God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and in all-places. God is Love - the source of all love of the purest kind - and looks to demonstrate His love in all situations.

  2. We believe the Bible tells the story of God, His people and the world He made. God calls us to immerse ourselves in His story, to meditate on and interpret it, and ultimately to live out that story today.

  3. We believe there is only one God who is the creator and sustainer of the whole universe and that creation is the expression of His love, creativity and power. God then gave all humans responsibility to look after and care for His creation.

  4. We believe the one God exists in relationship as three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Relationships matter because as ‘three in one’ God Himself exists in perfect relationship.

  5. We believe every person is unique, special to God and made in His image, full of potential and possibility. When God made humanity, He declared His delight in what He had made.

  6. We believe every human messes things up when we live our way, not God's way. This mess [sin] brings about pain, suffering and death on both personal and global levels. All relationships suffer because of this; with God, each other and the earth.

  7. We believe, to clear up humanity’s mess, God the Son miraculously became human in Jesus, born of Mary, and showed us what God is truly like and how to live. Through His life, sacrificial death and resurrection, Jesus defeated the power of evil, sin and death, offering us all to have a right relationship with God, each other and God’s Creation.

  8. We believe God sends His Spirit on us as followers of Jesus. His Spirit lives within us, makes us know we are His children, gives us spiritual gifts, shows us when we go wrong and makes being like Jesus possible.

  9. We believe the Church is the people of God drawn from many different traditions and denominations that God has commissioned to show His love to those in need, make disciples of Jesus, baptise those who believe and share communion.

  10. We believe there is more to come when Jesus returns as Judge and King of this world. When He comes again He will bring an end to all injustice, pain, suffering and death and renew the earth and heavens.

Our Staff

Greg Ellis - Senior Minister

Role: To captain the team, oversee the church, to lead, inspire, motivate, encourage, challenge and support the ministers and ministries of Chawn Hill Church in partnership with the wider local church and ministries beyond.
Bio: Having began his working life as a chef, after becoming a Christian, Greg retrained at Moorlands Bible College. He spent 20 years overseas building a church while leading in a mission organisation, building teams of church planters and sharing the Gospel with Muslims.
Likes: Cheese and wine, fishing, international politics, rugby, the Gospel, pubs and pork pies.
Contact: GregEllis@ChawnHillChurch.org.uk
Mobile: 07393 304655

Danny Brierley - Operations Minister

Role: A diverse role enabling Chawn Hill Church to thrive, including community engagement, pastoral, volunteers, communications, events, finance, facilities, HR, small groups...
Bio: Danny is well-suited to a diverse role, having had a diverse career (stock & share settlements with Coutts & Co; Baptist ordination; Head of Youth Services for Oasis UK; a head-hunter; Head of RE in a secondary school) He re-joined the church staff in Feb 2013.
Likes: Strong black coffee, West Ham United, walking the dog, helping people explore faith.
Contact: DannyBrierley@ChawnHillChurch.org.uk
Mobile: 07794 268347

Jan Goncalves - Church Finance & Administration Officer

Role: To help implement the vision of Chawn through efficient and confidential operation of church administrative and financial processes.
Bio: Born local, Jan previously worked in banking and as a school Secretary before joining Chawn Hill Church's staff in December 2015.
Likes: Walking, cooking, 80s hits, classical music
Contact: admin@ChawnHillChurch.org.uk
Tel: 01384 397287

Clare Soar - Youth Team Leader

Role: To lead by example in further developing our work with young people, both in and beyond the church, and to support our volunteer youth workers.
Bio: As a teenager, Clare was a member of Chawn Hill Church's youth group and stayed on to do a gap year as a trainee youth worker with us. After University, she became the Youth Pastor with a church on a housing estate in Northampton. Clare joined the church staff in May 2013. PGDip JNC-qualified.
Likes: sunshine, driving people places, roast dinner, my job
Contact: ClareSoar@ChawnHillChurch.org.uk
Mobile: 07826 849199

James Baskett - Youth Worker

Role: To lead by example our youth clubs in Norton, Stourbridge and Brockmoor, Brierley Hill, run in partnership with St Michaels and St John's churches as part of our contract with Dudley MBC Youth Service.
Bio: Having previously been a youth worker with AD33 in Kinver and Stafford Methodist Circuit, James is also a member of alternative folk trio Clutching At Straws and leads on the Wildfire Philippines Summer Mission Team. BA JNC-qualified.
Likes: Playing the cello, skiing, being in a band, the Philippines
Contact: JamesBaskett@ChawnHillChurch.org.uk
Mobile: 07735 472863

Adam Rice - Assistant Youth Worker

Role: To lead by example our youth club in Pensnett, Brierley Hill, run as part of our contract with Dudley MBC Youth Service.
Contact: AdamRice@ChawnHillChurch.org.uk
Mobile: 07518 936779

Children's Team Leader - vacant

Our Leadership

Our Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team is responsible for the spiritual well-being and ministry of Chawn Hill Church. They are:
Andy Bayliss (Leadership Team member & Trustee)
Sam Darby(Leadership Team member & Trustee)
Steve Knight (Leadership Team member & Chair of Trustees)
Elizabeth Shave (Leadership Team member & Trustee)
Lynne Tilby (Leadership Team member & Trustee)
Maggie Watts (Leadership Team member & Trustee)
Greg Ellis (Leadership Team member & Senior Minister)
Danny Brierley (Leadership Team member & Operations Minister)

In addition, the Commissioned Group comprises those responsible for different ministry areas.

Our Partnerships

Chawn Hill Church is enriched by our strategic partnerships.

Churches Together in Stourbridge

We are just one of many vibrant churches in Stourbridge and are an active member of Churches Together in Stourbridge.

Black Country Food Bank

In 2006 Chawn Hill Church founded what has grown into Black Country Food Bank (now an independent charity) and actively supports this through Replenish, our Stourbridge town centre access point (managed by Chawn Hill Church, with support from churches across Stourbridge). Food Bank/ Replenish helps vulnerable individuals and families in crisis through the provision of three days emergency food supplies while a longer-term solution is developed. See how you can get involved.

Street Pastors

In 2009 Chawn Hill Church founded Stourbridge Street Pastors (now an independent charity). It's volunteers from churches across Stourbridge provide practical help and support for those who are out late at night, reassuring those who may feel vulnerable, helping to reduce the fear of crime, and providing a listening ear and genuine, non-judgmental pastoral support to those who need it. See how you can get involved.

Saltmine

Saltmine is a national Christian charity that communicates a Christian message through a variety of creative arts, including theatre and video. With it's national headquarters in nearby Dudley, a number of its staff and performers are members of Chawn Hill Church.

Youth for Christ

YfC is a Christian charity that works with over 250,000 young people each month across Britain. It's 400+ staff and many more volunteers work in youth clubs, schools, young offender institutions, on the streets and in parks to take the good news relevantly to every young person in Britain, as well as delivering resources, residentials and training courses. With it's national headquarters in nearby Halesowen, a number of its staff are members of Chawn Hill Church.

Our Venues for hire

Why use Chawn Hill Church for your community event, conference or celebration - one off or regular?

  1. Variety of room sizes (some with built in audio/visual equipment).
  2. Good public transport links (direct trains to Birmingham, London, Worcester and beyond, at the centre of the UK's motorway network).
  3. Variety of good-value packages (based on room requirements and frequency of use).

Those that have recently hired our facilities include:

CRI * Drama Workshop * Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council * Midland Mills Group * Redhill School * Rethink Mental Health * Staffordshire & West Midlands Probation Service * Stourbridge Walking Group * U3A * Worth Unlimited * YMCA Black Country Group *

Church Centre Hall

Accommodates: seats 80 theatre style or 50 at tables.
Accessibility: ground floor, no steps.
Suitable for: children's birthday parties, smaller training events/ day conferences, public consultations

Church Main Hall

Accommodates: seats 220 theatre style or 100+ at tables.
Accessibility: 4 steps but with platform lift, hearing loop, disabled toilet.
Suitable for: larger training events/ day conferences, theatre/drama rehearsals/ workshops

Church Centre Lounge

Accommodates: seats 30 theatre style
Accessibility: ground floor, no steps
Suitable for: informal team meetings/ away days, discussion/ peer-support groups

Church Conference Room

Accommodation: seats 14 in boardroom style or 20 in theatre style
Accessibility: 4 steps but with platform lift, hearing loop, disabled toilet
Suitable for: team/ committee meetings, multi-agency panels, small group break out room

Church Centre Sports Hall

Accessibility: Located in the basement via 22 steps
Suitable for: fitness classes, team sports

Refreshments

We can also provide your delegates with Fairtrade filter coffee, Fairtrade tea, and mineral water. Talk to us about your requirements.

Enquiries

To check availability, prices and viewings:
Telephone: 01384 397287
Email: admin@ChawnHillChurch.org.uk

Our Vacancies

Children's Team Leader
We're recruiting a Children’s Team Leader (or equivalent) to further develop our work with children aged 0-11, both in and beyond the church, and to support and develop our volunteers.

We’re open to the post being between 0.6 FTE and 1.0 FTE.

What's more important, the person we're looking for will be driven by a desire to enable children to become devoted followers of Christ. You'll have a great presence with children, have a passionate Christian faith that you long to share in creative and engaging ways. But, seeing the need is more than any one person can do alone, you'll be determined to support and develop teams of volunteers to follow your example in growing a vibrant children's ministry that makes real impact in the lives of children and families within 7 miles of Stourbridge and beyond.

To find out more, please download the Job Description/ Person Specification, Church & Children's Ministry Profile, and Application Form (PDF/ Word).

For an informal chat about the role, contact Danny Brierley:
email DannyBrierley@ChawnHillChurch.org.uk or call 07794 268347

Closing date for applications: Friday 1st September 2017 12 noon.
Please email to admin@ChawnHillChurch.org.uk or post to:
Chawn Hill Church, Chawn Hill, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY9 7JD.

Selection day: 16th September 2017 (pencil the date in your diary now!)