About Christ Central

Our Vision

Our aim is to be a new testament based church that seeks to put the bible into practice in a way that is relevant to the culture in which we live. We believe that the church as we see it in the book of Acts gives us a picture of what church should be like – a group of people empowered by the Holy Spirit and impacting the community around them.
In particular a formative passage of scripture for us is Isaiah 61

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour

Inspired by the Holy Spirit we want be a church that brings hope to people, that brings good news to the poor, that reaches out to the needy, the hurting and the marginalised, a church that sees people being released and set free both physically and spiritually. A church that loves God and loves people.

Our mission is not just to our own locality, but through our links with Assemblies of God, Newfrontiers and others we are part of a worldwide church on a worldwide mission.

If you want to find out more about us please come along on a Sunday or drop us an email at info@christcentral.co.uk.

Our History

Christ Central came into being in 2011 as two existing Workington churches – Bridge Church and Hope Church -felt called by God to join together to form one new, vibrant community, based in the centre of town but reaching out to the whole of Workington and beyond.

Bridge Church

Bridge Church, dates back to the 1970s, with a small group of people meeting in a house and travelling through to Whitehaven to meet with other Pentecostal believers. John Perkins, the leader of the Whitehaven Pentecostal Church back then, was instrumental in this process. Eventually the need for a building came when the number meeting was too big for a living room.

A church building formerly used by Workington Presbyterean Church on Thompson Street came up for sale in 1978 and was purchased. The original church building on the site was built in 1742. This building burned down and was re-built in 1858/9. The architect was a Charles Eaglesfield of Maryport.

With the redevelopment of the town centre in 2003 that building was demolished and a Debenhams store has been erected on the site. A new building for the church was erected just across the road in Central Square.

In 2008 the church, previously known as Workington Christian Fellowship, changed its name to Bridge Church. The change, which followed a call from God, reflected the church’s position near the bridge which takes Central Way under Oxford Street.
The name became particularly fitting in November 2009 when severe floods hit the area, destroying bridge links from one side of the town to another and flooding many homes. The church became a drop-in centre where flood victims could collect provisions and meet to work out how to tackle the issues they faced.

Hope Church

Hope Church started just a few years ago as a new church start-up, launched out of King’s Church in Cockermouth and part of the New Frontiers group. It comprised people who had been travelling to Cockermouth but many of whom lived in Workington.

When the group outgrew its midweek meetings in a living room it started meeting at the Oval Centre in Salterbeck.

The two groups have joined together to form Christ Central, a name that expresses that Christ is central to all that we do and all that we are. It also reflects the building’s location in Central Square on the site of the old central railway station.

We retain our involvement with both Assemblies of God and New Frontiers and are actively part of Churches Together in Workington.

We are still writing the history of our church and we want you to join with us in doing this. It begins with an appreciation of Jesus and what mankind on the cross. It continues as you connect with us and as life-long disciples of Jesus we live out our Christian faith in our town.

For more history see the press and activity archives

We operate under Charity Number 1052191

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