About us

People

We are Christians from a range of church backgrounds (Anglican, Baptist, Methodist, Independent, Charismatic) and none, as well as people who have grown up in this church.

Our identity and purpose as a church is based firmly on knowing Jesus personally and the teaching of the Bible. We aim to live with integrity by proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ and showing love and support to people in the church, home, community and workplace.

Leadership

Our minister is Kate Gaze. She lives in Hardwick with husband Steve and teenage son Joe, and has two adult children, Amy and Jonno. Read more about Kate here. She is supported by three volunteer leaders, or elders: Robbie Thomson, Pauline Blower, and David Instone-Brewer, chosen by the church.

Origins and Associations

We are a member church of the Eastern Baptist Association and a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), number 1163049. The CIO is called Hardwick Christian Fellowship, for historical reasons, and we were formerly registered under the number 801775.

The charity trustees are Kate Gaze (ex officio as minister), Susie Thomson (Treasurer), and Enid Instone-Brewer (Secretary).

The church dates back to the mid 1980s when a Christian family moved into a house on the relatively new Limes Estate in Hardwick and invited any other interested Christians from Hardwick to join them on Sunday afternoons to pray for the village. Fairly soon, those Christians were meeting for Bible study, prayer, fellowship and evangelism, and Hardwick Christian Fellowship (later to take the name Hardwick Evangelical Church) was born.

Church membership

We are a membership-led church, which means that major issues are voted on by the members, rather than just being decided by the leaders. Three or four times a year we hold a church business meeting for exchanging information, discussion and decision making. Anyone is welcome to attend these meetings and participate in the discussions, but only members can vote.

Click here to read more about church membership