We are a family church who meet at Halford House, in the heart of Richmond, south-west London. We are teachers, home-makers, doctors, charity, shop and city workers, lawyers, nurses, seniors; and those of many other occupations both paid and unpaid. We range in age from two months to ninety-six. We have a common passion – to know Jesus Christ. We believe faith is precious, and because of this we encourage each other in our own living relationships with Him.
We believe that community is important – it is in our relationships with each other, and in our lives and our neighbourhood, that what we believe is expressed. We are situated in Richmond-upon-Thames, which has excellent road, rail, tube and bus links to the rest of the UK and we are close to London's Heathrow Airport its links across the world. We have regular contact with other churches and we’re members of the Evangelical Alliance.
Our church family extends around the world and we frequently welcome back people who have moved on from us, often to places far and wide, including those we support in charitable work overseas. The offices of the Nepal Leprosy Trust are situated in our grounds. The picture is of Lalgah in Nepal where the Leprosy Hospital and Services Centre, established by NLT, is situated. Also see the entry relating to us on Wikipedia
If you’re looking for somewhere to explore the Christian faith - a local church without pressure - we may be what you’re looking for.
We promise you a warm welcome.
How we started
Halford House was originally a Queen Anne manor house built in 1710, which had been extended over the years. It was purchased in a dilapidated state by the Fellowship in 1954 and restored. The story of this acquisition and restoration by the fellowship is a testimony to the marvellous provision of God. Since then it has been used for many activities, including a mid-week course explaining the Christian faith, prayer meetings, youth evenings, men’s and women’s meetings and a weekly mothers-and- toddlers group.
Those who meet and worship here have many reasons to give thanks for the faithfulness of God. We know his willingness to provide for, and even miraculously help, those who serve Him according to His word - the Bible.
What we believe
We believe Jesus to be the Son of God, the Messiah and Saviour of the World, as promised by God in the Old Testament and spoken in the New Testament. We believe in His incarnation, sinless life, death, resurrection, ascension and future return; and that in Him alone is to be found mankind’s salvation. We believe that the Holy Spirit is changing us the way God wants us to be and equips us with gifts for His service. We also believe Jesus Christ to be the only true Head of His Church. This society (or body) consists of all those who have been born of the Holy Spirit and experience new life in Christ.
We recognise we are just a part of God’s family in Christ which extends throughout the world and which spans every generation. By God’s grace we seek to be an expression of that world-wide family here in the locality, along with other local Christian congregations.
Christian Fellowship is therefore more a description than a title. As those who live mainly in Richmond and the surrounding area we share our lives together because we belong to Christ. The strength of our relationship with each other is the result of each personally having faith in Jesus Christ, and the subsequent transformation He brings about in our lives. It is faith in Jesus that makes all the difference both individually and together.