About Us

We are a church who love people and are excited about serving our local community. Generosity, fun, friendship and family are things we love! With a congregation that meets in  Bexleyheath we aim to offer a fun, welcoming and dynamic place to call home for people of all ages and walks of life. You are very welcome to join us at our Sunday morning gathering.

We are committed to serving the community of which we are part, and for many years have run clubs and events for preschool and primary aged children and their families in the area. We host a free summer community festival called Lark in the Park at Sidcup Place which started in 1996, and attended by over 3000 guests every summer. In September 2013, we opened Hope Community School in Foots Cray, Bexley’s first Free School. In 2016 we also took on the management of Blackfen Community Library and now run the library, with a coffee shop and lots of dynamic groups and activities for all the community.

These are just some of the ways which fulfil our vision to be a Church that makes good things happen.

We have some collective values as a church:

  1. WE WILL KEEP THE MAIN THING THE MAIN THING
  2. WE WILL BE PASSIONATE ABOUT PEOPLE
  3. WE WILL BE OUTRAGEOUSLY HOSPITABLE
  4. WE WILL MAKE GOOD THINGS HAPPEN
  5. WE WILL BRING OUR BEST
  6. WE WILL LIVE WITH INTEGRITY

 

 

  1. WE WILL KEEP THE MAIN THING THE MAIN THING
  • This is ancient and foundational commandment to God’s people. And it is our priority as a church family today, to have a heartfelt passion for God, honouring Jesus at the centre of our shared lives. This is the engine and the heartbeat of New Generation. Without making God our focus and love, our eyes would wander and our hearts would grow cold, our hands would grow weary.
  • But Jesus taught that we love God by keeping his commandments, and that love engages all our energy and abilities, and our intellect, our determination, and that passion fuels the activities and the life of New Generation Church. Whether it is running a kids club, or meeting with somebody who is sick, or adding up our finances…
  • We want our activities and programmes to express that love for God to our world.
  • Deuteronomy 6:5 – “you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength.”

 

  1. WE WILL BE PASSIONATE ABOUT PEOPLE
  • Matthew 22:37-40:

“Jesus replied: “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

  • As much as we love God and commit ourselves to God, and worship God.
  • Loving our neighbour. Is as important as loving God.
  • People matter, lost people matter to God.
  • Can’t just say we love God, love God on Sundays and then not be caring the rest of the week.
  • People need to find out that God loves them.
  • We have a desire in our hearts, built into us to know that we are valuable, to know that we are wanted, to be known and we need to have opportunities to grow, to be stretched, to develop our faith, to find out what we can do, what our giftings are.

 

  • To be passionate about people means that we release the potential in individuals, through our friendship, our love, our training, our discipleship, our accountability, our walking together, our sharing lives together, our small group communities.
  • We lay down our preferences, even our privileges in order to let others go beyond us.
  • After Jesus had said ‘love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and your mind.’
  • He said a second but equally important thing to say, he said ‘to love your neighbour as yourself.’

 

  1. WE WILL BE OUTRAGEOUSLY HOSPITABLE
  • Generosity flows out of a profound appreciation to God, for all that he has done for us, all that he has provided for us. It flows out of the value of things not being ours, but being one another’s, being God’s.
  • We want people to come to church and feel they have come to an amazing place, it may be the first church someone has come to and may be the last if we don’t host them well and show them generosity.
  • They may not stay with us, but they may have a great experience and be challenged to find a church.
  • There are cultural attitudes that would challenge us on this, as marketing and media tells us to have the latest thing, to need this, to need that.
  • Philippians 3:2-8:

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.”

  • Wherever you go in the life of New Generation, you should find a sense of hospitality and generosity. We are not generous just when we are rich, but we can be generous when we are struggling and poor as well.

 

  1. WE WILL MAKE GOOD THINGS HAPPEN
  • Romans 12 tell us that we shouldn’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think, then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing, how perfect his will really is.
  • In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul reminds us that what this means is that those who become Christians become new people, they are not the same any more, the old life has gone and a new life has begun.

 

  • Jesus always mentioned that the kingdom of God is advancing.
  • Change is a fact and a sign of life.
  • We have changed and grown up.
  • But God changes hearts and minds, and so wherever God has acted, things will change.
  • Here in the life of New Gen, we have built the value that change is ever present, programmes and events and structures are constantly under review, not just for the sake of it, but in order to make a difference in our community, and ultimately to make the world around us a better place.

 

  1. WE WILL BRING OUR BEST
  • 2 Corinthians 8:7 says: “Since you excel in so many ways, you have so much faith such gifted speakers, such knowledge, such enthusiasm, and such love for us. Now I want you to excel in this gracious ministry of giving.”
  • Saul the man who had encountered Jesus on that Damascus road was encouraging the Corinthian church to go for excellence.

 

  • And at New Generation Church we are not merely aiming to do some good things. We are aiming for the highest possible standard. That doesn’t mean perfectionism, that doesn’t mean that we are not going to fail. Of course we will fail, but it means making the most of every opportunity. It means using our creativity and our imaginations to give of our best.
  • It means providing a good environment and atmosphere to all that we do. A commitment to excellence means we will never settle for the mediocre.

 

  1. WE WILL LIVE WITH INTEGRITY
  • You can ask us questions, we want to be open and honest.

 

  • Titus 2:6-8 says: “in the same way encourage the young men to live wisely in all they do, and you yourself must be an example to them by doing good deeds of every kind. But everything you do reflects the integrity or seriousness of your teaching. That your teaching be so correct that it can’t be criticised, that those who want to argue will be ashamed because they won’t have anything bad to say about us”

 

  • As a church family, we will always find criticism. I don’t think it is possible to be in any career, in any life opportunity, and not face criticism.
  • We will be criticised, as in life.
  • But it is the openness and honesty, and humility that are the principals we want to live by. And we have tried to adopt these principles into our lives, and we try to make sure that these principles are adopted in the life of New Generation.

 

 

Connections

We are part of the Pioneer Network of Churches.  You can find out more about our connection with Pioneer here – “What is Pioneer?”

We are also a member of the Evangelical Alliance, and are also actively involved in Churches Together in Sidcup. We work closely with many other local organisations including Bexley Voluntary Service Council, and we have strong links with Global Generation Church in Thanet.