Who is ECC suitable for?
We are a multi generational church with an emphasis towards young families and non-Christians. Yet despite this, we welcome people from all backgrounds and ages; churched or unchurched. At ECC you’ll find a friendly smile and a warm welcome.
Which denomination is ECC?
Our church is member of the FIEC (Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches) and as such doesn’t belong to any denomination. It stands in the Reformed tradition and would have a governance and practice similar to baptists.
Does ECC have a membership?
Yes. Whilst we don’t want this to be an overwhelming focus, we do appreciate the value in committing to a local body in this way.
Can I meet with the Pastor or one of the Elders?
Yes! We’re usually available after Sunday’s service or throughout the week if you’d like to meet up over a brew for a chat, advice or prayer.
What should I wear?
Whatever you want! Like most church families, we have people who are formal and people who are informal. So whether that’s suited and booted or in your shorts and favourite manchester team shirt, we welcome you as you are.
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Which Bible translation do you use?
We use the NIV for our teaching, although for our research and studies the Pastor and others prefer the English Standard Version [ESV].
What is a church service like?
Services last around 1.5hr. We love to sing songs of worship to God (some new and some old), lead by our very talented musicians. We have prayers, a children’s slot and then a sermon, where we listen to God’s Word preached, and finally we finish with more sung worship. Whilst we favour a more modern relaxed service, we hold historical creeds dear and have the odd bit of liturgy. We also make time to confess and pray for current situations and people, both here and around the world.
We ordinarily have Holy Communion once a month (2nd Sunday) at The Mill and once a month (4th Sunday) for our Evening service at Green Lane. We hold to a Calvinistic view of Holy Communion where there is no actual change in the bread or wine, but rather Christ is present by His Spirit. We do this in remembrance of Him. The Bread is shared and individually taken whilst the non alcoholic wine is served in individual cups and drank together. We invite all genuine believers to participate.
Can my child be baptised at ECC?
At ECC we practise believer’s baptism by full immersion. As a general rule of thumb, we baptise our younger family members from the age of 12/13 but take each candidate case by case. Whilst we do not perform infant baptism or christenings we are very much a church family and love children here at ECC. We choose to mark this special occasion by having a blessing where we pray for the child, where mum and dad and make commitments to one another, and where we all celebrate afterwards at an after service party!
Can I talk to someone to find out more?
Sure, we have a great welcoming team who would be happy to answer any questions you might have.