About New Life Church

Hello! We are glad you have found your way to our online community. There could be many reasons for you to have ended up here. Maybe you’ve heard about Jesus and are wondering if what people say about him is true? Perhaps you’ve started wondering what this whole ‘church’ thing is that people talk about? Is it really relevant today? Maybe you live in or around Milton Keynes and are looking for a face-to-face community close to home? Whatever your reason for clicking on this link, we’re glad you’re here. And we very much want to help you connect in whatever way would be most useful for you.

So what is New Life Church all about? Well, first off, church isn’t a building, it is the people. And we are made up of many different people – different ages, different nationalities, different political views, different tastes in music. You get the picture. The one thing we have in common is that we are on a journey together, following Jesus, and discovering more and more about the love of God. 

Whether you've been a Christian for a while or are just exploring spirituality, you are welcome here. 

Is church relevant today? Absolutely, because it is made up of people who are living in today’s culture, working in today’s industries, raising children, looking after ageing parents, and so on. We don’t claim to have all the answers, but we do believe that we don’t have to accept what life throws at us. We are world-changers, changing the environment everywhere we go because Jesus goes with us.

Interested? Want to know more? Our Sunday morning meetings are running in-person at The Ridgeway Centre, and are also streamed on Facebook and YouTube. We are looking at ways to make New Life Church Online more interactive. For now, if you tune into Facebook, you can ask any question you might have using the comments facility.

We also have a wide range of small groups on offer. Anyone can join in. Have a browse, and see if one of them appeals. Some are designed for making friends and having fun. Some will help you explore the Christian faith. If you can't find one that meets your needs, drop us an email. Maybe we can set up a new one!

A community that loves God and loves people

​Community is being family together, and all are welcome. We love God and take every opportunity to encourage everyone to encounter him and experience his love for themselves. We love people too, and do everything we can to encourage them to be all God created them to be.

We aspire to demonstrate the following set of values:

Compassionate

‘Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.’ (Luke 6:36)

God is a compassionate Father to us. He reveals his compassion in many ways, and particularly through Jesus. The ultimate act of compassion is written about in John 3:16: ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’

Jesus’ ministry on Earth was particularly characterised by his mission to the socially and economically disadvantaged, the sick and the oppressed (Luke 4:18). There are many examples in the Bible. In John 8:1–11 we read that Jesus refused to be drawn into the condemnation of a woman caught in adultery. Instead he turns the tables on her accusers and when they have drifted away he tells the woman that he does not condemn her and instructs her to not sin again.

As people who, through mercy, have been united with Christ, we are called to be like-minded in our tender and compassionate treatment of others (Philippians 2:1–2). Scripture contains many commands to believers to ‘remember the poor’ in both the Old and New Testaments (Proverbs 14:31, Galatians 2:10, Isaiah 58:6-7). Knowing how Jesus welcomed the poor, the compassion of our church can be measured by our care for the least, the last and the lost. In the words of the Lord’s Prayer we ask not only for our own forgiveness but we forgive those who have sinned against us (Matthew 6:9–13).

We encourage everyone to model a lifestyle of sacrificial compassionate love. This will lead us to the most needy, hurting, marginalised people in society to give them help, hope and a voice. It is sacrificial because true compassion comes with a cost to our hearts, our time, our finances. It also comes with reward because when the least in our society are given a special welcome by the church they taste the goodness of God through the actions of his people and experience inclusion in a caring community. This often leads to them becoming more open and available to them responding spiritually to Jesus’ love.

Watch the Bible Project's character of God: Compassion

Courageous

‘Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.’ (Isaiah 41:10, ESV)

It may be strange to think of God as courageous, but we see this aspect of God’s nature when we look at the life of Jesus. Nothing was more courageous than Jesus coming to Earth in human form to give his life for our wrongdoing. He knew what was ahead of him – the betrayal, the physical pain, the agony of being separated from Father God – but he faced his destiny with unparalleled courage.

He modelled courage in other ways too. When he reads from Isaiah 61:1–2 in the synagogue (Luke 4:17) Jesus courageously aligns himself with Israel’s prophetic traditions and claimed divine authority for instituting much-needed change in the temple and among the people. His actions were courageous, as he overturned the tables and seats of those who had compromised holy things (John 2:13-17). He was not afraid to make a stand against those who put religious rules ahead of compassion, for example in his encounters with the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11) and the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:1–42).

We are now called to be courageous in responding to his instruction to go into all the world and make disciples. Also he instructed us, as recorded in Matthew 10:8, to ‘Heal those who are ill, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.’

Courage is an essential quality when it comes to seeing kingdom breakthrough in our lives and in the lives of those with whom we share our faith. We believe that God’s perfect love casts out fear and enables us to be bold and unashamed about who we are. We live courageously because God partners with us in all we do for him. He is calling courage out of us, and we dare to believe the promise spoken to Gideon applies to us too: ‘The Lord is with you, mighty warrior’ (Judges 6:12).

Courage will look different for each of us, but living courageously means we are prepared to take risks to obey God. It is how faith matures and proves itself genuine. We are called to be courageous in every area of our lives and service of God. This could include sharing a testimony at a church meeting, welcoming newcomers, responding to the Holy Spirit, sharing our faith with a colleague or neighbour, declaring healing, moving in a spiritual gift or forgiving someone who has hurt us and seeking reconciliation with them.

Generosity

‘All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.’ (Acts 2:44–45)

Our God is a good Father who is generous to his children. James 1:17 tells us that every good gift comes from God. He gave us the world we live in and each other for company and community. He gave us his Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit. He gives us gifts and supplies our daily needs. He provides resources and meets our physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

Jesus demonstrated his generosity by always giving people more than they hoped for. The lame man received restored mobility and a relationship with God (John 5:1–14). The haemorrhaging woman was healed in body and restored to dignity in community (Matthew 9:20–22). When he fed the 5,000, there were basketfuls of food to spare (Matthew 14:13–21). At another meal, Jesus not only acted as Passover host but took the role of household slave and washed the disciples’ dirty feet (John 13:2–17).

God’s generosity stems from his love for us and our lifestyle of generosity flows from a desire to share what we have experienced with others. We can never out give God but we can give without expectation of return or concern for the cost to ourselves.

We are called to be good stewards of all that God gives us: our money, time, energy, resources, skills and gifts. This is not to seek personal gain, even though we know that generosity invites further blessings (Malachi 3:10).

The widow who gave to God all the money she had to live on is honoured by Jesus in the Gospels for all time, becoming a model to us all. We seek to be servant-hearted and hospitable to everyone, looking to do our utmost to love God and other people. Generosity unlocks potential.

Read the Bible Project's video on generosity

Honouring

‘Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves.’ (Romans 12:10)

God is worthy of all praise and honour. We are made in his image and so we can find things in every person that we can honour. By paying the price for our lives on the cross, Jesus has assigned eternal value to each life. Honour is not based on how well we perform or how good we are, but on the supreme truth that God has placed his glory inside us through Jesus Christ, his Son.

Jesus modelled honour in the way he treated those who were not respected in the culture of his time on Earth. He called out to Zacchaeus, a tax collector, and invited himself to his home for a meal (Luke 19:1–10). He interacted with the Samaritan woman at the well, asking for a drink and then revealing his true identity to her (John 4:1–26).

As we aim to be like Jesus, we seek to recognise, protect and uphold the intrinsic value of each person in our behaviour towards them. Treating people with honour levels the playing field – all are of equally high value. Honour goes beyond respect; it is about loving people for who they are.

A culture of honour enables and empowers everyone, providing opportunities for all to fulfil their potential. It helps to develop trustworthy, confident, courageous, kind, joyful, peaceful people who know who they are in Christ, and who choose to use their gifts and skills to build up other people.

Watch the Bible Project’s overview of the book of Luke. This gospel emphasises the upside-down nature of God’s kingdom where the poor, the humble and outcasts of society are elevated to positions of honour. 


Watch the Bible Project's overview of the Book of Luke

God’s big adventure

​Over the past few years we have been on an amazing adventure with God, growing as a community of people who are passionate about worship, caring for one another and sharing his love with those around us.

Worship

Yes, we are passionate about worshipping God! And we believe that worship isn’t just about great music on a Sunday morning. It is all about how we live our lives, putting God first, and doing all that we do for our heavenly Father.

Caring for one another

This is absolutely core to everything we do. Church is about being part of the family of God. We are all sons and daughters, each of us is unique. Each of us is valuable.

As part of this, we are committed to inclusion, diversity, and equality (IDE). Over the years, we have initiated and led several projects and events (in the UK and overseas) to ensure ‘all people from all nations’ are made to feel welcome, valued and part of our church community. Following on from the George Floyd incident in 2020, we have increased our endeavours to listen and support. Several open conversations have taken place and we have prayed into seeking ways to be more inclusive. In December 2020, two teams were formed, one to address ongoing education and equipping strategy, plus policy matters, and another separate team to act as an independent assurance group. We collect diversity information about our members annually and are in the process of evaluating our ongoing ministries to ensure we maintain our commitment to IDE in practice.  

Sharing God’s love with those around us

We believe the church should impact the wider community in lots of ways. We are involved in various projects, from offering free English classes to running a weekly community club for the lonely and vulnerable. Various groups also take the good news of Jesus out on the streets, offering to pray for people in need, and bringing encouragement to folks who wouldn’t normally go near ‘church’.

We warmly invite you to get to know us. Come and make some new friends, and join us on the next stage of our adventure, discovering more and more of God’s love, and his exciting plans for us as a community.

Our Beliefs

All of our core beliefs are based on the Bible, which we believe was inspired by God and is both reliable and authoritative.

What we believe

Who’s Who

We strongly believe in working in teams, and our leaders work together with both staff and volunteers.

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Overseas

Connections Around The Globe

We are a church with representatives from many nations, and we consider it important to reach out to those in need around the globe. These are projects and people we support as a whole church. Many individuals in the church also have a heart for other countries and projects.

Cebu, Philippines

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Skopje, Macedonia

Muscat, Oman

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