New Community Church

New Community in Central Southampton

New Community in Central Southampton is a growing, family-friendly church with a desire to create a great place of belonging for people of every age and background.

We meet on Sunday mornings for our Sunday service, and also have several mid-week meetings and groups, including groups for children, youth and students. You can find out more about us below.

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Where We Meet

Central Hall
St. Mary Street
Southampton
SO14 1NF

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Easter Services

Find out about our special Easter services on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. We'd love to see you there!

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Our Sunday Service

We meet on Sunday mornings for vibrant worship, practical Bible-based teaching, opportunity for prayer, and time to interact with others and build friendships. Children and youth normally join in the time of worship, before going off to their groups.

When: Every Sunday, 10am.
Where: Central Hall, St. Mary Street, Southampton, SO14 1NF.
Parking: Find out about parking at Central Hall.
Facilities:
- Complete children's and youth programme (up to school yr. 9).
- Free refreshments available before and after the service.
- Central Coffee is also open for the purchase of drinks.
- Disabled access; hearing loop.

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Children's Programme

Children are an important part of New Community Central. We encourage them to grow in their relationship with God in our all age worship time on Sunday mornings and through teaching and activities in their age groups.

Our children’s ministry is run by an experienced team of volunteers who have all been vetted and checked as suitable to work with children. They are the ones wearing our distinctive light blue T-shirts on Sunday mornings.

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Youth Programme

Our young people are really important to our congregation, and we want to see them grow in their relationship with God.

Our young people (aged 11-14 years) meet on Sunday mornings for breakfast, discussion and prayer. We also have a midweek youth group for 11-16-year-olds, where there are games, activities, a thought for the day and a tuck shop.

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Students' Programme

We love students at New Community Church. In fact, it was students who were involved in the beginnings of our church community, and now over 35 years later, our rich student heritage continues. We would love for you to be part of that!

At New Community, we want help our students connect with our church community, grow in their faith, and become empowered to impact the world around them. We organise lots of social activities to help our students get to know other people and make friends, and also run specific student connect groups where students can discuss their faith and grow in their relationship with God.

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Connect Groups

Connect groups are our small groups that meet during the week, and they provide a great opportunity to get to know other people and grow in your relationship with God. We currently have a range of connect groups with different themes and in different areas. 

If you'd like to join a connect group, please come and browse the information in the foyer at Central Hall on a Sunday morning. If you have any questions about connect groups, please contact Shirley Webster by emailing central@newcommunity.org.uk.

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Alpha - At Starbucks!

The Alpha Course is for anyone who wants to explore life's big questions and the foundations of the Christian faith in a relaxed, informal environment.

Who it's for: Open to all, regardless of faith or beliefs.
What to expect: Approximately ten weekly sessions that each include a free meal or coffee and cake, a short talk about the Christian faith, and an opportunity for discussion in small groups.
When: Courses usually run on weekday evenings.
Where: Our latest courses are being held at Starbucks!

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Newcomers' Tea

Our Newcomers' Tea is an opportunity for those new to the church to meet others in a relaxed home setting. If you are new and want to get to know some more people, this is a great place to start.

Who it's for: Anyone who is new to New Community's Central congregation.
When:
 Usually the second Sunday of each month, 5-7pm.
Where: A home in Highfield, Southampton.
For more information: Please visit the welcome desk at our Sunday service or email central@newcommunity.org.uk.

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Belonging

Our Belonging course is a chance for anyone who is new to New Community Central to meet the leadership team, find out more about the history, vision and ethos of the church, and discover how to get involved. The course also includes lunch.

Who it's for: Anyone who is new to New Community Central and wants to find out more about the church and how to get involved.
When: After the Sunday morning service, once a term. The course lasts about two hours.
Where: Central Hall, St. Mary Street, Southampton, SO14 1NF.
For more information: To find out more or to attend a course, please visit the welcome desk at our Sunday service.

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Worship Night

Our Worship Nights are an opportunity to spend time in the presence of God, worshipping Him together. The evenings are fairly unstructured, and usually include prayer and sung worship, as well as other expressions of worship (such as dancing, quietness and art) as people feel led.

Who it's for: Open to all.
When:
The third Sunday of each month, from 7.30-9/9.30pm.
Where: Central Hall (entry via the rear car park).
For more information: Please email worship@newcommunity.org.uk.

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Monday Evening Prayer

Our Monday evening prayer gathering is open to all, and runs alongside the other Monday evening courses at Central Hall. The evening starts by joining the Ignite course for a time of worship in the main hall, and this is followed by a time of focused prayer.

Who it's for: Open to all.
When:
 The first Monday of each month, from 7pm.
Where: Central Hall (the main hall from 7pm, and then Room 12 from 7.30pm)
Led by: Sarah Clewer and Katrina Mack.
For more information: Please email info@newcommunity.org.uk.

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Wednesday Prayer and Fast Days

Our monthly Wednesday prayer and fast days provide an opportunity for us to pray for people in our congregations who are seriously unwell and to seek God for breakthrough in other situations. The prayer room at Central Hall will be open all day for people to use for prayer, and we will then meet together to pray in the main hall at the end of the day. There will also be prayer activities for parents with young children, from 10am-11am.

Who it's for: Open to all.
When:
 The second Wednesday of each month.
Where: Central Hall prayer room (8am-8pm) and main hall (8-9.30pm). Please enter through the car park door near the back of the small hall.
For more information: Please email central@newcommunity.org.uk.

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Quiet Spaces - A Time of Contemplative Prayer

Once a month we meet for a time to explore new ways into prayer, using music, scripture journeys, meditations, colour, pictures, journalling and more. This is followed by time for us to quietly explore any themes on our own, with an opportunity at the end of the session to share, for anyone who wants to.

Who it's for: Open to all.
When:
The third Thursday of each month, 10.30-11.45am.
Where: Room 13, Central Hall, St. Mary Street, Southampton, SO14 1NF.
For more information: Please contact Nicola Symes via nicolasymes@hotmail.com.

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The Hub

The Hub is a space for those aged over 50 to get together over lunch on a regular basis.

Who it's for: Open to anyone aged over 50.
What to expect: 
We have lunch together and then have either a short talk or a discussion with a Christian theme. We also often share a time of Communion together.
Cost:
There is no cost, but people need to bring their own lunch or purchase it from the coffee shop at Central Hall.
When:
The last Thursday of each month, 12noon-2pm. (Except Dec.)
Where: Room 14, Central Hall, St. Mary Street, Southampton, SO14 1NF.
Other activities:
We also have other events and activities throughout the year. Find out about the Jubilee Tea Party we held in November.
For more information:
Please contact John Deagle via johnrdeagle@googlemail.com.

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Tiny Treasures Toddler Group

Tiny Treasures is a term-time toddler group that meets on Friday mornings, and offers play, crafts, activities, singing and refreshments for children, and coffee and chat for the adults. Any parent or carer is welcome to attend with their toddler or child.

The group also organises lots of seasonal events and days out each year, including nativity services, parties, picnics, farm visits, and activity centre mornings. Follow Tiny Treasures on Facebook or check our events calendar to keep up to date with all their events.

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Men's Night

Our Men's Nights are an opportunity for men to meet for friendship, encouragement and inspiration, and provide a chance to build community.

Who they're for: Open to all men.
When: Usually the first Monday of each month, 8pm, but check our calendar of events for more information.
Where: Men's Nights are usually a pub social at the South Western Arms in St Denys.
For more information: Please visit the welcome desk at our Sunday service, or contact Alex Sheen at alexanderfsheen@gmail.com.

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Central Coffee

Central Coffee is a modern coffee shop based at Central Hall, and is the perfect place to meet a friend for a chat. All profits go towards the charitable work of New Community Network.

When: Monday to Friday, approx. 8.30am-4pm.
Where: Central Hall, St Mary Street, Southampton, SO14 1NF.
Drinks available: A variety of teas, coffees and cold drinks (including organic Fairtrade coffee).
Food available: All-day breakfast rolls, sandwiches, toasties, jacket potatoes, soup, homemade cakes, and more.
Contact: Please phone 023 8038 5120, or email centralcoffee@newcommunity.org.uk for more information.

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  • Meet the team

    Billy Kennedy

    Billy provides leadership, direction and oversight to New Community Church, Southampton, the New Community family of churches and projects, and provides leadership and oversight to the Pioneer Network.

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    Billy Kennedy
  • Meet the team

    Adam Clewer

    As part of the Central Leadership Team, Adam oversees the programme for the Central Congregation, from weekly gatherings to seasonal events. Adam also oversees all aspects of youth and student work, social media communications and local mission.

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    Adam Clewer
  • Meet the team

    Theo Amer

    As part of the Central Congregation Leadership Team, Theo has responsibility for the development and encouragement of community life at Central congregation such as Alpha, and oversight and development of Connect groups.

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    Theo Amer
  • Meet the team

    Carolyn Chart

    Carolyn is our Children's and Families worker and is responsibile for the work amongst children and young people aged 0 – 11 years based at Central Hall.  This will be a mix of both church-based activities and developing community-based activities.

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    Carolyn Chart
  • Meet the team

    Caroline Kennedy

    Caroline is one of the Senior Leaders of New Community Church.  Caroline and her husband Billy work with the local team to provide leadership, direction and oversight to New Community Church Southampton, the New Community family of churches and projects, and the Pioneer Network.

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    Caroline Kennedy
  • Meet the team

    John Deagle

    As part of the Central Congregation Leadership Team, John provides pastoral support and direction.

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    John Deagle
  • Meet the team

    Shirley Webster

    As part of the Central Congregation Leadership Team, Shirley provides oversight to Connect Groups.

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    Shirley Webster
  • Meet the team

    Sarah Amer

    As part of the Central Congregation Leadership Team, Sarah oversees all aspects of worship.

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    Sarah Amer
  • Meet the team

    Jo and Si Bates

    Jo and Si Bates are part of the New Community Central Leadership Team. Si is also part of the New Community Central Pastoral Team.

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    Jo and Si Bates