Hope Church Sutton launched in November 2015 as a graft of people from Cheam Baptist Church into the already existing Hope Community Church. This is the story of how that all happened.
In the Autumn of 2012, a group of people who lived in the Sutton area but who travelled to church at Dundonald Church in Raynes Park started meeting as a group with a view to forming a new church plant nearer where they lived. Dundonald Church is part of the Co-Mission network of churches, which is committed to planting new churches throughout London.
The group began to grow, gathering together some more people from other Co-Mission churches who either lived in the Sutton area already or were thinking of moving there. By November 2013 they launched their first public service as Hope Community Church, with a full-time pastor, around 25 adults and a similar number of children.
In 2014, Cheam Baptist Church (a thriving independent church in the heart of Cheam) had started a second Sunday morning service and were already close to capacity. For some time they had been exploring the idea of planting a church in Sutton with their many members who already lived in the area. Knowing Hope Community had already been recently planted, they discussed the idea of doing church together, and the result is Hope Church Sutton.
Since then we have seen God answer many prayers as we've grown and diversified. We look back with great thankfulness and wonder for all that has taken place in and through Hope. However, we also look outwards and forwards to what God is doing and will do through us today.