Our History

Staines Congregational Church was founded as an independent chapel in 1789 and was for many years a member of the Congregational Union of England and Wales. In the early 1960s, there was a change in constitution of that body, which eventually led to the amalgamation of the Congregational Union and the Presbyterian Church of England to form the United Reform Church in 1972. Staines Congregational Church was one of a number of churches that chose, on doctrinal issues, not to join in this process and became an Independent Congregational Church in 1966. The Church became one of the founder members of the Evangelical Fellowship of Congregational Churches in 1967.

The present church was built in 1956. It was previously located in the centre of Staines, but that site was required for redevelopment of the town centre.

Staines Congregational Church has had only four Ministers since 1952: Rev Colin Garwood (1952-1962), Rev Brian Dupont (1962-1988), Rev Stan Short (1988-2008) and Rev Nick Gray (2010-present).

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1642 - 1799

1800 - 1899

1900 - Present

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