At Branches we are Christians seeking to become the kind of church described in the Bible, where the teaching, worship and prayer is focused on God and fellowship involves love, friendship and care for one another and the community we serve.
We know that God is in the business of transforming lives for the better and He does this when we enter into a loving relationship with Jesus Christ.
Our commission is as Jesus said, "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." Matthew 28:19-20
Our Vision - To carry out the commission in our local community and work alongside other churches in Littleborough, Rochdale, the UK and abroad. In simple terms we want to:
At Branches we have a core set of beliefs which we say are the basis of Christianity
Outside of these are things we believe are beneficial for every Christian to practice
This may seem a little official, but we think it's important for you to know that we are open and clear about our faith and beliefs. As one of the writers in the bible said,
"I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes." Paul, Romans 1:16.
At Branches we are committed to being the kind of Church described in the Bible, where the teaching, worship and prayer is focused on God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit and fellowship involves love, friendship and care for one another and the community we serve.
You can find more by downloading our 'What we believe' Booklet or clicking each box below for the individual topicCore beliefs The Bible Who is God? Who is Jesus? Who is the Holy Spirit? Faith, Repentance and forgiveness Baptism in water and the Holy Spirit The Christian life
Each year the Elders spend time specifically seeking God as to His purposes for the next 12 months and as a result update the strategy plans which are communicated to the fellowship as part of a 'visioning' night.
Our current strategy focuses on three areas
Branches was started in September 1988, by a group of Christians who wanted to worship at a church where the Bible was held as the true, infallible Word of God. The next six months were spent seeking God, culminating in a time of prayer and fasting where God gave us the verse from John 15:5 and hence the name 'Branches'.
Over the years we have met in several places across the area including Birch Hill Hospital (now knocked down), Wardle Community Centre and a local primary School.
In November 2012 we began looking to buy our own building and as part of that process moved to Smallbridge Methodist Church, completing the purchase in August 2016. We are currently undergoing an exciting restoration process.
We praise God that in all our 'homes' we have seen many lives transformed and people moving on in their relationship with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
As we enter the next phase of our exciting journey we look forward to what God is going to do.
Branches Christian Fellowship is registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales under number 1060870. The purpose of the Charity is the advancement of the Christian Faith. Details of the charity and annual statement can be found on the Charity Commission website, http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/
The Charity is a Trust whose Trustees comprise of the Elders, Deacons and Church Secretary. The Trustees are responsible for the financial affairs, legal management and policies of the Charity.
The Elders are responsible for the spiritual direction and strategy of the Charity.