The vision for The Pastures Church in 2020 is one of building for the future. As a church we are seeking to redevelop our building as a place to celebrate, educate and facilitate the life of the church & community.
We are a faith community who gather weekly to celebrate God. Our goal is to grow intentionally in the knowledge, and understanding of Jesus, God’s Son. Our heart is to go into local, national and global communities equipped with the message of God’s love for all people and offering practical help where possible.
The Pastures Church (TPC) is on a journey that includes a preferred future.
We see a day when …
• Every person is having an impact in their sphere of influence, making disciples.
• We celebrate the opening of our upgraded facility that is open for community use.
• TPC is regularly sending teams on Mission.
• Our giving is helping people locally, nationally and globally.
• We celebrate 100 people coming to faith in one calendar year!
What We Believe:
At TPC our beliefs are guided by God’s Word (the Bible.) We recognise that a framework is necessary to help us grow in maturity and relate to one another within our community.
Here are the essentials:
We believe in one God who exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is infinite, which does not always make sense to our finite understanding. He is not limited by time or space. He is creator, eternal, all-knowing, ever-present, and all-powerful. His character is multi-dimensional but no facet of His character diminishes another. In other words, His grace and wrath, mercy and justice, love and jealousy all work together for good.
Jesus is the eternal Son of God. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, worked miracles and gave us an example to follow. Fully God and fully man, He died on a cross to pay the penalty for sin that separated us from God and rose from the dead to reconcile us to our Creator and to free us to have a new life in Him. Now, He sits at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us.
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is given to every follower of Christ to guide, comfort, convict, and adopt us into the family of God. He helps us grow into Christ-likeness by producing the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, and He gives us spiritual gifts to empower us to meet the needs of God’s people and a hurting world.
About the Bible
Comprised of 66 books authored over thousands of years by dozens of authors, the Bible tells one seamless story: a passionate God on a relentless pursuit to redeem His creation. The Bible is the authoritative and inspired Word of God and is trustworthy and reliable for telling us what to believe and how to live.
We were created in the image of God to have community with Him and represent Him on earth. However, through a willful act of disobedience, we were separated from Him. The Father sent Jesus to redeem us through an act of atonement which culminated with Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. This gave us the opportunity to trade our sin for His righteousness through faith. Jesus’ sacrifice is the only means for our salvation and reconciliation with the Father.
About the Church
The Church is the Body of Christ and Jesus is the head of the Body. The Church is not a building or an event but the community of individuals who have put their trust in Jesus Christ. The purpose of the Church is to glorify God, make disciples, make Jesus known to a lost world, and meet the needs of those in our communities and around the world. We celebrate baptism as a first step of obedience for new followers of Christ, in which they identify with Christ’s death and resurrection and make a public declaration of their faith. We also celebrate communion as an ongoing remembrance of the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross.
About Following Christ
When we put our faith in Jesus Christ, it ignites a spiritual chain reaction and produces evidence of our salvation. We are forgiven of sin, declared right before God, and given eternal life with Him. The Holy Spirit is given to assure us of our salvation, adopt us into God’s family, and to live in us and empower us for a life of following Jesus. This results in the fruits of the Spirit -- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
About the Future
In the end of all things, Jesus will reign eternally. He will judge His creation according to the character that has been revealed to us through His word with justice and mercy. Those who have found salvation through Jesus Christ will enjoy His presence forever; those who have not will be separated from God for eternity.
The Pastures Church is served by numerous faith-filled people who volunteer their time.
As a Charity we are required to have a Board of Trustees. Meet them below:
Mic is married with three children and five grandchildren. He has been at the church since 1973. Now retired but was formerly a teacher and a care worker and also worked for the church as a pastoral assistant for a couple of years. Mic and his wife Rosemary lead the Movers and Shakers group and he is Chair of Trustees
Married to Di, member since circa 1985, retired engineer, two descendants (definitely NOT children), Ian and Andrea, both with their own families, used to enjoy squash, racketball, walking, now principally occupied in surviving. Safeguarding Trustee.
This is is all new to him having recently become part of the Trustees, bringing a passion for innovation to the table. Chris is married to Nicole, and they have 2 children, Isla & Jude.
TPC site Manager
Michael works for Patient Services within the NHS. As the Site & Booking Manager for the church he is responsible for the daily operational aspects of the building and also part of the Trustees.
In addition, we also have a dedicated team who look after the health of TPC...
Paul & Sue Hester
Sue is a trained Nursery Nurse, and currently involved in the church’s community work, leading the Toddler group , and as one of the leaders in our children /young people’s Friday afternoon programme Rock Solid.
Paul has been at the Church over 20 years having transferred from another local Church following marriage. He is a chartered Accountant, currently working for a local charity.
Olivier & Nicky Cousin
Oliver and Nicky are members of the leadership team at the Pasture Church, they have three young boys and are involved in the Creative team leading worship on Sunday mornings.
Father to 3 children, and working in Patient Services for the NHS. Colin enjoys getting out on the open road on pretty much anything with 2 wheels. He currently serves as part of the leadership team and is passionate about connecting people to God
Sara, mother to four children has been worshipping at TPC for twelve years. Over the past couple of years Sara has taken an active role on the leadership team whilst working full time as a registered nurse and is also a school governor.
Our lead pastors, Ant & Sarah Lee, have a heart to reach our community Disraeli, Dowley and beyond with the life-transforming message of Jesus. They believe in living life in such a way that others are inspired to do the same; showing people good living & a living God
Ant grew up in Downley, living there for 18 years, before moving to Yorkshire to attend bible college, studying biblical theology for 3 years.
Ant and Sarah Lee have 2 children; Aimee (7) and Clara (3).
They have been married for 12 years, leading together in various capacities, developing teams and vision. They have been involved in local church life their whole lives leading and serving in all areas of church life.
The Pastures Church has been part of the High Wycombe fabric for circa 140 years. Originally situated in the centre of town the church offered a place for people to gather and celebrate God, while providing practical assistance to the people of the town. As High Wycombe grew plans were put in place to develop the town centre and so the church was given a parcel of land in the north west sector. This new location has been the home of the church for the past 50 years, and we are glad to be part of the community ‘on the hill.’ Here’s to the next hundred years of serving the community!
TPC is undertaking a refurb of our existing building as part of our goal to engage our community.
Once complete the building will offer the following:
• Auditorium with seating for 200 people (AV enabled);
• Upgraded Hall and dedicated kitchen for events;
• Utility Room for meetings/training days (AV enabled);
• Upgraded bathrooms (including disabled & parent room).
• Café with outdoor seating (south facing);
• Large Room (adjacent to Café) for catering events;
• Multi-purpose Room (AV enabled);
• Lift Access.
• Reconfigured Car Park for ease of access to building;
• Pathway from street-level (disability compliant);
• Undercover pathway across frontage.
• Soft-Play area (available for parties)