Who We Are2020-09-28T18:21:38+01:00

Be Blessed!

This section describes everything from who leads the church, to what you can expect in a regular meeting. We would also encourage you to read through our vision and values so you get a bit more of an idea what we are about as a community and what drives us.

Pastor’s Welcome

When you first come to Woody, you’ll probably have plenty of questions about what goes on, what we believe, how things work, how to get to know people and so on. You’ll find a lot of this on the website, but here are a couple of immediate suggestions to start you off. Firstly say hello to the person who welcomes you at the door on a Sunday morning – they’re there to help you! Secondly, tell them you’d like to come to a welcome meal – and give them your contact details! We plan to hold these fairly regularly and their purpose is to help you get to know other people who are new to Woody as well as finding out a bit more about us. Thirdly – join a life group or student cell.  It’s not easy to get to know over 100 people on a Sunday morning! – and the small groups are a great way to get to make friends, and grow in your faith.

Woody is a warm, welcoming fellowship – a community of vibrant faith and worship, passionate in its commitment to Christ and to the gospel.

Our Woody vision is to be a church family,

embracing all kinds of diversity but united in Christ,

vibrant with the presence of God;

welcoming and winning people for Christ,

discipling one another to be

reshaped through following Jesus,

built up in our faith,

equipped and sent out

to declare and demonstrate the love of Christ

in the power of the Holy Spirit.

We aim both to be an effective witness for Christ where we are,

and a resource for the Christian church

in the UK and around the world

where the people of Woody will serve.

We have a vision for a church that expresses the life of Jesus in a world that desperately needs Him. We think it’s something worth striving for, and we hope you will too.

Our Staff

Chris works for Woody as full-time pastor and oversees the whole church. Sophie, Laura and Judy support him in this role: Sophie with specific responsibility for our student work, Laura for children’s work and Judy who is the church administrator.
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Our Elders

Stuart, Annabel and Martin make up our eldership team. Together with Chris, they are responsible for the spiritual oversight of the church.
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Our Deacons

JUDY DAVIESDeacon & Church Secretary
There are 4 deacons on the current team. The diaconate oversee the practical areas of the church but with a spiritual edge. They each have key areas of responsibility and so please read their biographies for more of an idea of who to contact and about what.
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Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.

Billy Graham

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

C. S. Lewis

I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me