Our History

Kingsland church history in Colchester

Kingsland church Colchester was started in 1884 in Lexden by some local Quakers who built our original hall. It was established as a place of worship and temperance and ran an adult school on Sundays and a people’s bank. A full-time missioner was appointed in 1927. In 1971 it became the Lexden Evangelical church after Neil’s predecessor was appointed. In the 1980’s the church became much more vibrant, growing steadily as we adopted a lively, informal, contemporary worship style and changed our name to Kingsland Church.

In 1991 a second congregation was formed, which is now an independent church known as Lifehouse in Shrub End. They planted another congregation in Tiptree in 1998. The growth in Lexden continued and in 1996 a congregation was established in Stanway which is now known as Bethel Church.

A few years later we started a second Sunday morning service, and continued to grow so built a new building on the same site in 2005. In 2010 we moved again to much larger premises, to the top floor of the Lexden Community Centre, on the corner of London Road and Straight Road. Aldi moved in below. Our new facilities includes a 400-seater worship area, large hall, nine meeting rooms, office accommodation and a large café area for the church and local community.

Kings Café is open Monday to Friday from 10am – 4pm and Saturday 10am – 2pm, drop in for a coffee and chat, a light lunch or a piece of cake. It’s a great place to meet friends!

Since we moved to 86 London Road, we’ve enjoyed developing King’s cafe and the community centre as a valued local resource, as well as the church itself. As we’ve continued to grow we have been able to expand our staff and leadership teams, our church services as well as our profile in the area.

We look forward to welcoming you to Kingsland.

Kingsland Church original building 1884
Kingsland Church’s original building established 1884 on London Road, Colchester
Kingsland Church moved to it's new site, above Aldi supermarket in 2009
Kingsland Church moved to it's new site, above Aldi supermarket in 2009
Kingsland Church 2006
Kingsland Church's second building on the original site, 2006
Kingsland plants 2 new congregations and now has 5 a week (wed@1, Sun 9.15, 11, 4, 6.30)
Kingsland plants 2 new congregations and now has 5 a week (wed@1, Sun 9.15, 11, 4, 6.30)
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Join us on Sunday

9.30am | 11am | 6.30pm

Vibrant, lively worship for all ages. You are welcome.

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