Our motto is simply: 'Loving God, Loving People'.
This means that...
We believe God is loving in character (Exodus 34:6-7) and that he loves all he has made (John 3:16).
As his church our purpose is to love him in return and to love other people too (Mark 12:29-31).
So what does this mean in practice? We've come up with eight values; four
for 'loving God' and four for 'loving people':
Worship - lifting up God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit with our praise.
Word - listening to God through his written word, the Bible.
Wait - looking to the Holy Spirit for guidance, equipping and renewal.
Walk - living lives that imitate Christ and following his example.
Witness - letting others know about Jesus and sharing his love in action and word.
Wide vision - learning about God's world and sharing his concern for it.
Warm Welcome - loving, encouraging and accepting one another.
Working Together - linking our gifts together to build up the Church.
The idea is that this represents following Jesus with our Whole Life.
Meet Some of Us
Our Pastor, Kathy has recently retired from Howlands and we are currently looking for a new Pastor. Kathy left a career in the civil service to become a Baptist minister and was Pastor for over ten years at Kingsbury Free Church (Baptist) in North West London. After a brief period of retirement, she joined the Church family at Howlands as part-time Pastor in November 2018. If you have any queries or questions our Church Co-Ordinator, Stuart Soper is here to help and can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
I am originally from Ghana. I have been attending Howlands with my family since 2013. I am one of the Deacons and Junior Church Leaders. Also a wife, mum of two girls and work full time in the Pharmaceutical Industry. Worshipping here has been a blessing. There is a great sense of unity, love, diversity and inclusion in the Church with sermons that encourage faith as a believer, following Jesus' example and the presence of the Holy Spirit. This inspires me, as part of a Church family, where I can always partake freely in God's presence."
I'm currently Church Co-Ordinator in the absence of a Pastor and also a Deacon here at Howlands, and have been attending this Church for nine years. I was drawn to this Church by the welcome and warmth I initially received from everyone when I made my first visit on a stop-over whilst travelling around the UK. I am pleased to say that warmth, along with unity and Christian love has continued to this date. I am the father of Richard and Nicola who are all grown up. I was a Petty Officer (MW) in the Royal Navy, a Community Regeneration Manager and am now in my retirement an author and illustrator.