Roots & Connections
History / Origins
People with vision and enthusiasm seized the opportunity to plant a new church in 1927 when the fields of Randwick Park became a new housing development. As the church grew, so the buildings were extended to provide a base for the work God was doing in this community. This heritage of mission and outreach is a cornerstone of our church.
Originally part of the Congregational Church, our label changed to 'URC' when the United Reformed Church brought Congregational and Presbyterian churches together in 1972 (With the catchy little name: Plymstock United Reformed Church (Norley Memorial)!). We later combined with Staddiscombe Gospel Fellowship and adopted the current name: "Plymstock United Church" in 1991, and the church has continued to grow.
We are a charismatic evangelical church: we believe that Jesus is the Son of God, the Bible is the Word of God, and the Spirit of God is at work today. So we value and support the work of the Evangelical Alliance which promotes unity and truth, acts as an evangelical voice to the state, society and the wider church, and works collaboratively with Alliance members and other evangelicals, to present Christ credibly as good news for spiritual and social transformation.
We have great relationships with the 12 other local churches, and are linked with other churches across the city and its surrounding area through "Churches Together in Plymouth". Together these churches contribute thousands of hours of voluntary service into the life of our community, ranging from support for the elderly to parents' and children's groups; from feeding the homeless and destitute to caring for displaced people; from ministry among prostitues to debt counselling; and and from Street Pastors to recovery from addictions. Click here to discover more about the multi-faceted work of CTiP.