We believe in - CHRIST
Creation: The one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who created and sustains everything.
Humans: We were made in the image of God but rebelled and became separated from him.
Rescue: Faith in Jesus Christ restores that relationship, through his death and resurrection.
Indwelling Spirit: The Holy Spirit is our internal guide, who helps us follow God’s ways.
Scripture: The Bible is divinely inspired and the primary way in which we know God.
Triumphant return: Jesus will return as judge and establish a new heaven and new earth.
(*Note - This is a summary of the Evangelical Alliance statement of faith that we adhere to)
We behave with - GRACE
Gracious: We honour and respect everyone.
Real: We are open, genuine and accountable.
Accepting: We invite people to come as they are.
Caring: We want the best for other people.
Embracing: We value all age groups in our life and ministry together.
We engage in - WORSHIP
Worship: We see all of life as worship, serving and honouring God.
Outreach: We introduce others to Jesus through speech, action and lifestyle.
Relationships: We actively spend time getting to know and caring for each other.
Serving: We use our gifts and abilities to help others.
Happily giving: We give generously financially.
Imitating Jesus: We are disciples of Jesus, his apprentices, and seek to follow his example.
Prayer: We communicate with God in prayer: It is the ‘oxygen’ of our spiritual life.
Phil & Shirley Cole
Phil - Church Leader Shirley - Schools Ministry
Phil & Shirley were brought up on farms in rural Devon, and love the countryside. Formerly Phil was an accountant, then after training at Moorlands College and spending 3 years as Pastoral Director at a church in Reading he became the church leader in 2004.
After Jesus and Shirley, his greatest love is sport in general and specifically Rugby – he previously played for Exeter Chiefs.
Shirley has a passion to teach children about the reality of Jesus, but also loves helping people of all ages to know and experience more of Christ in their lives. Over the years Shirley has worked with Phil in most aspects of church life.
Andi & Nikki Norton
Andi - Associate Church Leader
Nikki - Mentoring
Andi & Nikki are passionate about people - seeing them grow to be all God is calling them to be. With over 12 years’ experience of youth work and leading worship, Andi oversees both areas at BCC, alongside preaching, teaching and assisting with the leading of the Church
Andi is married to Nikki, who is equally passionate about seeing people raised as confident disciples of Jesus who witness Him to others. They have two children.
Kathy & John Harris
Kathy - Elder / Children & Pastoral Leader
Kathy has been a member of the church since 2003. Before joining the staff team in September
2014 she was an interior designer. She is now our ‘Children’s and Pastoral Worker. Her love for
children of all ages makes her perfect for the role she has.
She is married to John, a passionate worshipper with a pastoral heart. They have 4 children and 4 grandchildren.
Pastoral Worker (Families)
Caroline is married to Colin and they have one teenage son. As a family they have been at the church since 2006. Colin and their son both love worshipping God through music and facilitating worship for others as part of the music team at BCC.
Caroline has been a social care professional for over 25yrs, in both the 3rd sector and statutory organisations. Caroline has also been a voluntary youth worker for many years and loves working alongside teenagers. Caroline has been an integral part of our youth work at BCC since joining the church. She started working part time for BCC when she took on the role of Youth Leader in Jan 2013. At the start of 2018 Caroline fully moved over into her current post of Pastoral Worker with Families.
Naomi is married to Tim and has 3 children. She loves being in or on the sea and walking with their golden retriever in the forest. Over the years she has enjoyed working with children and teenagers and has held several administration roles in different settings. Her main passion in life though is to see others come to know Jesus Christ and how much He loves them.
Ted & Jackie Russell
Ted - Elder
Ted and his wife Jackie joined the church in 2006. His passion is seeing people come to faith and
he has been an active member of Christian Motorcyclists' Association for many years.
Brian & Ann Rees
Brian - Elder
Before retiring, Brian was a Civil Engineer with Christchurch Borough Council. He has been at
BCC with his wife Ann since 2006 and is passionate about sharing his faith, Swindon Town FC
Graham & Elizabeth Nagel-Smith
Graham - Elder
Graham and Elizabeth have four sons. They have been at the church since 2006 and been involved with our youth ministry for nearly 10 years.
Graham is one of our Elders. He is the headteacher at a local primary school and his hobbies include hockey, which he plays at Bournemouth with his boys.
Graham & Danielle Jeffries
Graham - Elder
BCC has a special place in Graham and Danielle’s heart as they met and were married here. Between them they have four adult children all of whom have grown in their faith because of the love and support of the whole fellowship at BCC.
They are both passionate about encouraging young people in their life and faith journeys through their involvement in youth work and in hosting, with others, the Big Breakfast every month. Graham also serves as part of the finance team at BCC.
Danielle teaches at a local primary school and Graham is a partner in a national law firm.
When time allows Graham enjoys photography and together they enjoy sharing meals with others and can be seen, on fine days, cycling in the New Forest.
Fiona & Richard Darbyshire
Fiona - Elder
Fiona is married to Richard. They have 3 children and 7 Grandchildren. Fiona has over 20 years’ experience being on church leadership, youthwork and teaching children.
Fiona’s present job as a counsellor has further developed her passion for people to see them healed and released. Both Fiona and Richard enjoy sharing their faith with people of all ages and have a heart for world mission.
The Early Years
Bransgore Community Church is an independent church that started in the winter of 1984/85 with a small group of evangelical Christians, who had been travelling to churches in the Christchurch/Bournemouth area. As this small group developed and outgrew the house where it was meeting, it began to meet in the chapel at Neacroft. In 1986 the NAAFI building in Shackleton Square, belonging to the Ministry of Defence, came up for auction and was purchased.
The first service took place on 14 June 1986. Our first extension, a few years later, added extra space where the band is now situated and a children's room at the back. In 2009-10 a second, much larger, extension was built to enable us to cater for our growing congregation and to provide people in our community with a place to be welcomed and helped.
Originally the church was called Bransgore Christian Centre. The name was changed in 2003 to Bransgore Community Church, in recognition of our desire both to be a community, and to serve the local community.
Building for the Future
The church continues to grow and develop and in August 2012 the building had an overhaul of its internal structure, with the removal of a pillar and beams in the main hall and the inclusion of a new vaulted ceiling! We also developed our upstairs to include a games room, a prayer room and two children's rooms. Our building complex now includes twelve ancillary rooms, three of which are staff offices, as well as the main hall, which can be divided by a movable wall.
In recent years, the building has become a hub of activity throughout the week, with around 700-800 people coming to activities within it. The latest change for the church came in the summer of 2015, as we moved to running two identical services on a Sunday morning, in order to keep growing.
We are affiliated with Evangelical Alliance (EA) and hold to their statement of faith. We are also a part of LEAF, which is the local branch of EA, that connects churches across the New Forest.