Central Church's Background
In 1970 we were five churches wondering what the future held for us. The five churches were the Baptist Tabernacle, the Methodist Central Hall, Broad Street Church of Christ, Sanford Street Congregational Church, and Trinity Presbyterian Church. These last three denominations joined together and now form the United Reformed Church within Central Church.
Then God challenged us, through Swindon Council of Churches, to lose our lives as separate churches, giving up our buildings for the sake of his gospel.
Together with the challenge came the vision of becoming one united worshipping fellowship, ministering - with the guidance of a full-time team - not only to our own congregation, but also to the Town Centre.
We accepted the challenge and, in 1978, vacated four church buildings and came together as one united congregation in Trinity Church, the red-bricked building at the bottom of Victoria Road - calling ourselves 'Central Church, Swindon'.
In November 1990 we moved into this purpose-built home (The Pilgrim Centre) which was built on the site of the original Baptist Tabernacle.
We are now a church within an ecumenical centre, with our sights set on the future - flexible enough to respond to the calls of the Spirit.
We have set in motion a ministry to the Town Centre by setting up the Roundabout Café which was open for refreshments and snack meals from 9.30 a.m. until 2.30 p.m., Mondays to Fridays (currently closed, but under review for reopening in the Autumn); by setting up an office, and staffed by volunteers between 9.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays; and making meeting rooms available for many other church and community organisations.
We welcome you to the fellowship that is Central Church.