And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.
Community in all its forms reflects God’s heart for humanity.
New Creation Christian Community was a network of communal houses across the UK.
The early church in Acts and the example of Jesus’ life, inspired us to live in community. The Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit also shows us the importance of living in unity together. Christian community was an extended family of people from all backgrounds, working out our faith together.
It all began in a teapot. Our first ‘common purse’ started as a voluntary experiment in 1974, with the shared cash kept in a large teapot. A year later, the first official common purse, into which all residents pooled all personal incomings, was set up at New Creation Hall, Bugbrooke – the first house of our fledgling intentional Christian Community.
Some of the members of the Jesus Fellowship church lived in Christian Community in large and small houses around the UK. Each community house consisted of anything between three and 20 people, who lived as a large ‘family’, from houses on council estates to larger houses in the countryside. As well as living together, community members shared all personal and household expenses, with some pooling all income as they desired.
Some of the houses acted as a ‘hub’ of local Jesus Fellowship church groups, which included both community residents and non-resident church members. As well as being a home for community members the houses also provided a space for some of our weekly church meetings.
Visitors were welcome to stay on a temporary basis for up to a year. Apart from a modest board and lodging charge for stays of more than one week, visitor’s incomes were at their disposal.
Community in all its forms is God’s heart for humanity. We made this video as a little illustration of God’s heart to bring heaven to earth through His people, demonstrating His kingdom to the whole world: