Community

Community in 2012

Who we are

About the Community - we are a mixture of residential and non-residential; different Christian traditions; different nationalities; different ages; a mixture of families, married, and single...  all called together to be a unique expression of the Kingdom of God; plus some history of community... ...

Our Vision

May 2012 Our Vision is For all people to come to know Jesus Christ as their Saviour from sin and death, and be born into the new life of the Holy Spirit. That all Christians be able to meet together in the name of Jesus, in love, worship and service, giving witness to the joy and hope of the resurrection. ... ...
59 Upton Park, Slough

1975- Beginnings in Slough

59 Upton Park, Slough In 1975 a vision was written on the hearts of a newly spirit-filled couple, Roy and June Hendy: the vision they felt called to was to start a residential community. However, their own attempts to do this bore no fruit and they gave up hope of it ever happening. Then, in unexpected ways, God began to do it. ...

1989: Childswickham House

"Widen the space of your tent..." (Isaiah 54:2) Having turned the ramshackle house of 1978 into a fairly respectable home, we believed that we would live and die in Slough, but God used a very persistent property developer to move us out of the town life of Slough, into Childswickham in the Cotswolds. So in December 1989, two days before ... ...

2007 - 2011: Changing times...

2007 - 2011 Over the period 2007 – 2011 Community experienced many changes. Some of the changes were physical: serious flooding in 2007 saw a metre of water inundate all of Childswickham House, our gardens and land (in some places more!). The recovery took many months, and included the building of flood defences. There were big changes in community itself: ... ...

2012: A renewed vision

We all know that times and seasons bring change, and as we experienced changes in recent years it became clear that the original vision statement for the House of the Open Door needed to be brought up to date. The original vision was written in the late 1970s when all the Community lived together on one site. Some members now ... ...

Influences through the years

As a charismatic community the essence of our spirituality is to live day by day, leaning on the Lord and listening for his direction. The vision he has given us is to be ecumenical, and over the years He has formed us through a diversity of Christian sources: ...