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The Jasper Centre
Kent, ME1 2LD
Medway Family Church officially began on Sunday, January 3rd 1993, although we actually began informal meetings from September 1992, when we started Thursday evening fellowship meetings, and a meeting on alternate Sunday evenings, to allow people to ‘look us over’ and get to know each other. We had intended to begin officially in the autumn of 1993 but it became increasingly clear by the end of 1992 that people were ready to begin sooner.
Previously people had travelled from Medway to Newfrontiers churches in Maidstone and Canterbury and it had always been intended to ‘plant’ them back into the Medway area to form a new church. During 1992, Zion Baptist Church realised that that because of their diminishing numbers, they would have to close. This made them contact the Medway group and Newfrontiers to see if there was any way the groups could join up to form a new church. This was the push that brought hopes and prayers of the past into reality, which resulted in the Medway Family Church being born.
At the same time, John and Mollie Oldfield were just finishing a period helping with a church plant in India, and they were asked by Newfrontiers if they would move to Medway on their return to lead the church. They agreed and asked a few people from their former church, Dartford Christian Fellowship (also Newfrontiers), to move with them and help in the start.
In 1998 we lost the use of the Zion Baptist building due to structural decay and damage; it is now a Blockbuster Video shop in Chatham! Since then we moved to two different buildings before arriving where we are now in Jasper Avenue late in 2002.
In 2001 John Oldfield was asked by Newfrontiers to move to the Middle East in order to be involved with work there. John along with the rest of the leadership at that time felt that this was right and so leadership of M.F.C. was handed over to Adam Voke in August 2002 when John moved abroad. John and Mollie moved back to the U.K. in 2006 where they work part time as Pastoral and Community workers.
Over the years there have been many changes and we are currently a very different church to that which existed 10 years ago, there have been changes in venue, leadership and people. Most of these things are new! One word that was given to the church a few years ago was that God was building ‘a new church in the same place’. This prophetic word has become more and more of a reality in M.F.C.
In 2005 M.F.C. were generously given the Jasper Centre by the owners at that time. They felt that we were able to continue the original intent for the building as a place of Christian worship. In 2006 we undertook an extensive building project at The Jasper Centre to add the annexe to the building.
Between 2010-2012 we further developed The Jasper Centre by creating the lounge, we refitted and modernised the kitchen, decorated the toilets and also updated the office space.
Over the summer of 2013 M.F.C. met at MidKent College in Gillingham whilst significant refurbishments were undertaken at The Jasper Centre, we enjoyed our time there so much we wondered whther we might return at some point in the future!
On September 15th 2013 Medway Family Church transitioned and launched as Cornerstone City Church with a celebration morning back at the refurbished Jasper Centre.
Sunday, 9th March 2014 saw Mike Betts from Relational Mission and our friend David King from New Life Church (Royal Tunbridge Wells) laying hands on Gordon Watson as he became part of our eldership team.
On Pentecost Sunday, 8th June 2014 we moved back into MidKent College as a more permanent arrangement for our Sunday morning celebrations and subsequently started serving the college through setting up a voluntary chaplaincy. This has since grown to involve other Christian agencies across both Medway & Maidstone campuses.
In September 2015 we welcomed Rhonda Sands onto our staff team to focus on our pathways for welcoming and integrating people into church life.
In September 2016 we welcomed Pamela Crouch onto our staff team as a part-time administrator to support the ever increasing administrative workload of our growing church community.#history