The Rock Church, founded in 2005 in Chalfont St Giles, celebrates its tenth anniversary in September. Events include a barn dance on Saturday 12th September and a service of celebration at 10.30 am on Sunday 13th September. Both events take place in The Memorial Hall Chalfont St Giles.
While living in Suffolk, Ian Thorpe heard God calling him to attend Bible College. After three years’ studying in Bournemouth and two years’ ministry in North Wales, Ian and his wife, Jenny, ended up in South Bucks. In 2005, a small group of Christians had a vision for a different type of church in Chalfont St Giles and asked Ian to lead it.
The Rock is different because its meetings are designed to be more like a social gathering at a café than a traditional church service. People are encouraged to ask questions and actively participate. We also pray and sing hymns and songs of worship.
The Rock aims to be an extended family, looking after one another and sharing joys and sorrows. Its members include Christians as well as those who are still searching.
The Rock employs Ian to look after the pastoral needs of the whole community, not just church members. He can often be found in one of the village’s coffee shops and is always happy to chat and provide practical and spiritual support. He is frequently asked to conduct funerals for local families and regularly visits the local schools.
Rev Ian Thorpe says:
The message of Jesus is radical and exciting. God loves us where finds us, but he loves us enough not to leave us there. At The Rock we enjoy exploring together what it means to be a follower of Jesus in 21st century Britain. It’s been my privilege as pastor of The Rock to see people rescued and lives transformed as they encounter a real God living and acting in other people.