Phil and Caroline met while training in Church Leadership with Ichthus Christian Fellowship in south London. They then belonged to The Stable Church in High Barnet, and from this they went to lead a new church in Camden. Phil also began a youth ministry called nflame (www.nflame.org.uk), which serves to enable young people to access the good news of Jesus. He has now handed over the directorship of this charity to Andie Frost, and is concentrating on leading Newlife.
When they came to live in Hazelwood Lane N13 in 2006 they began praying and thinking about the idea of a new church for Palmers Green. They could see that there was space for a different style of church in the area – one with an informal approach, and an openness to the Holy Spirit working today. They joined Chase Family Church in Enfield, who were a great support during that time of transition.
In 2008, with a group of Christian friends, they started a series of discussion evenings in Starbucks, Palmers Green. These were very popular, and everyone enjoyed having heated debates about hot topics and current issues. This led to running Alpha Courses and bible studies in another local café. This café has now become Bookafe. Our Sunday morning meetings began as a small group in Phil & Caroline’s home in February 2012. In October 2012 we grew too big for their house, so we now hire a hall in the Ruth Winston Centre. We met on Sunday mornings in Ruth Winston Centre for 3 years, up until October 2015.
On 4th October 2015 we went into partnership with Palmers Green Baptist Church. Although we are technically still two churches, we meet together with the Baptist Church every Sunday, and have use of the building for other meetings during the week.
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