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.”
New Creation Christian Community is a network of communal houses across the UK shared by members of the Jesus Fellowship.
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 is 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.
Now about 400 members of the Jesus Fellowship live in Christian Community in 60 or so large and small houses around the UK. Each community house consists of anything between three and 30 people, who live as a large ‘family’, from houses on council estates to larger houses in the countryside.
Each house is the hub of one of our church groups, which include both community residents and non-resident church members. As well as being a home for community members the houses also provide a space for some of our weekly church meetings. Every community house has a regular open evening which includes a meal. This puts Christianity “on display” for visitors in a friendly and non-threatening way.
Each community house has one shared bank account, their ‘common purse’, through which members pool their income and meet all personal and household expenses. Some assets, such as vehicles and buildings, are managed by the Jesus Fellowship Community Trust, a legally-constituted non-charitable Trust Fund administered by trustees on behalf of the members.
Visitors are welcome 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 are at their disposal. Contact us to enquire about visiting.
For details of our safeguarding procedures for children and young adults see our NCCC safeguarding contact details.
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: