Who we are

*Due to current restrictions, all our meetings are taking place online

Grace Church Highlands is the local Church of England church for Highlands Village, near Enfield, but everybody is welcome.

We meet on Sundays at 10:30am at Highlands School*, and there’s lots going on during the week too!

We are an evangelical church, which means that we believe that the Bible’s message of Jesus Christ is good news for everybody. You’re welcome at Grace Church whether you’ve been a Christian for a long time, or you know nothing at all about Jesus and what it means to follow him.

Sundays*

We meet at 10:30am at Highlands School, N21 1QQ (click here for a map). There’s always somebody ready to greet you and make sure you know where to go. Our services are informal and very friendly. You can take part in as much or as little as you are comfortable with. There are groups for children and refreshments after the service.

During the week*

Our branch groups are a key part of our church life. These are small groups of people who meet in people’s homes during the week to support one another as we try to live for Christ. We pray together and study the Bible informally. There’s always more to learn and it’s always useful to do it together! You’d be really welcome to join one of our groups.

We also meet together regularly to pray.

What to expect*

Anybody is welcome to our services. There is no dress code and you don’t need to do anything or know anything in advance. Somebody will welcome you at the door, and when you enter the school hall you’ll be offered a service sheet and a Bible. You can sit wherever you like.

We try to start promptly at 10:30, but you should definitely still come in if you’re running late! The service leader will guide us through the service and other people will come up to the front to take part – for example in leading our prayers, reading the Bible, or preaching to us. After the first few minutes of the service, the children and their leaders will leave us to go to their groups.

We always have a sermon based on the Bible reading, which should be relevant to our everyday lives. We believe that God speaks to us today when we hear the Bible read and preached, and that it is as relevant today as it was 2000 years ago. The sermon is usually 20-25 minutes long.

About once a month, we share Communion together – sharing bread and wine as Jesus did with his disciples the night before he died. If you are a Christian you are welcome to receive the bread and the wine.

We would love you to join us!

History

Grace Church began as a church plant from Christ Church Cockfosters in January 2007. The initial plant team consisted of 30 adults and children, commissioned ‘to know Christ and to share Christ’ as part of the Diocese of London’s commitment to create 100 new worshipping communities by 2020.

Leadership

Our minister is Jonathan Bell. He joined us in 2019 after serving as Curate in three Derbyshire villages. He was raised in a Christian home and had his first tastes of Christian leadership as a student. Jonathan is married to Rachel and they have three young children.

The trustees of Grace Church are often referred to as the ‘Council,’ meeting regularly. The current trustees are:

  • Jonathan Bell
  • Jeff Hammer
  • Elaine Kelman
  • Andy Kelman
  • Paul Stockton
  • Elena Bennett
  • Kate Douglas
  • Sheamal Samarasekera
  • Paul Mason