The God-inspired writers of the Bible some 3000 years ago set out a stark warning about vision. They wrote that “where there is no vision, the people perish”. If in life you aim at nothing, there is only one outcome: you will hit nothing. Ultimately, as Christians, we are created and called to be a people of vision. The Church all over the globe is working in many different ways; at its most simple, to make Jesus Christ known to all people. Jesus is the vision! As Christ is unveiled to all by His Church, this vision acts as the catalyst for transformation of self and society.
At Revelation, our vision sits in line with the global Church. It’s all about Jesus and the transformation that He brings...
“Sharing Jesus Christ with all people, seeking God's Kingdom in all of life.”
In the early 1980s, when shoulder pads and bleached jeans with designer tears were at their peak, God was on the move amongst a small group of young people in Chichester from a different fashion cosmos. The young rockers were coming to faith in a steady trickle. As more long hair and long leather trench coats entered the Kingdom of Heaven, Revelation Church was born in 1983.
Over the coming decade many churches were planted in the surrounding towns and cities as Revelation continued to grow. Expressions of church were also planted amongst demographic groups as youth and student congregations were started. Many projects and charities have also been born out of the womb of Revelation.
The Church is now 30 years old and has people from all ages and walks of life who would call Revelation their church. You will still find a large number of the original young people around to this day, looking a little more mature and thankfully wearing different clothes!
Values are the foundational framework that everything hangs from in any organisation, regardless of its size of influence. These values set the tone of how you go about everything, from the smallest to largest task. Our values are therefore at the very heart of what we do. They are the ‘way we do’ the ‘what we do’ because of the ‘why we do it'. The 'why' is simply found in Jesus.
People - Jesus was all about connecting with people. Sometimes the people He built friendships with, or those He spent time with, were not at all who you would expect Him to. His friends included prostitutes, tax collectors and working class men. The Church of Christ has always been about people. The Church is a people, not a place!
Passion - Passion is the fuel that feeds the fire that burns. Passion is not just a romantic gesture; it is gutsy, determined and faithful. Passion needs a purpose and a place to be free. Passion is committed and a way in which you can fully give of who you are.
Growth - The first sign of death is when something stops growing and as cells cease to multiply. Growth and learning are lifelong processes. Change is at the heart of Jesus' message. Growth is God's desire for the individual as well as the gathered Church. This then spills out into society. As the Bible puts it so well, we are “one body with many parts”.
Generosity - The Bible flips the world's view on its head. “It is better to give than to receive”. We see time and time again God's leading way, with His overflowing generosity to us, His children. Our desire is to show people the generosity of God through our lives and actions.
Fun - We are a people of celebration of life and the desire to enjoy it. We want to live life to its fullest.
We firmly believe that the ancient message of the Church is for all people. This message of hope was never meant to be contained within the church walls, in fact, quite the opposite.
Bill Hybels said that “the local church is the hope of the World”. If he was even close to being right, we need to get outside our buildings to bring the hope people yearn for. We don’t only want to use words to speak this message of hope but we want to embody the message. This means the Church resourcing and rolling up its sleeves to get its hands dirty within our communities.
Revelation is currently actively running the following projects:
City Angels is an award-winning partnership project working in the Chichester city centre. A team of volunteers work on the streets with the Emergency Services helping people while the night-time economy is in full swing.
Golden Angels is a monthly lunch club for the elderly, run completely by volunteers, at Swanfield Chapel in Chichester on the last Saturday of each month. The aim of Golden Angels is to combat loneliness by providing a safe and welcoming place for elderly people to socialise and enjoy a home cooked meal. For more information about how to get involved, contact Lee Nancarrow (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Other External Local Projects We Support
Family is at the heart of every community. There is something in all of us that yearns to be part of something close and intimate, yet where we can also be cherished and shaped in the most unconditional way possible. The Church is commissioned by God to provide this place for people of all ages and backgrounds, especially those missing this bond. Families and family life is at the heart of Revelation. A big focal point for church life is young families.
There are loads of ways that you can get in touch with us. The best way is through our office base at Revelation Central. Our office is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Revelation Church Office
1&2 St Pancras
We have a base in St Pancras, Chichester called Revelation Central. This is also where our office is based. There is no free parking available but there are two Pay & Display car parks nearby (Cattle Market and New Park Road).
On a Sunday morning we meet at Bishop Luffa School in the Bartlett Hall. There is free parking available on site.
On a Sunday evening we meet at Christ Church (if there are five Sundays in a month then we do not meet on the 5th Sunday). There is free parking available in a nearby car park ("Market Avenue")