Kingsland Church Colchester was originally 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 minister 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 we 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 former MFI building on the corner of London Road and Straight Road. Aldi moved in below. Our facilities include a 400-seater worship area, large hall, nine meeting rooms, office accommodation and a large café area for the church and local community.
Since we moved to 86 London Road, Colchester, CO3 9DW, we've enjoyed developing King's Café 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 services, as well as our profile in the area.