The Church Meeting
Each Congregational Church is a local, independent church. The members of the congregation are the decision-making body for the whole of the life and witness of the church. All members commit to being a part of this shared responsibility when they become church members.
Central to this concept is the Church Meeting. This is much more than a business meeting:
it is the occasion when church members gather together to pray for and plan the life of the church. All they do is set in a framework of worship. All members of the church are encouraged to attend the Church Meeting.
There is no higher authority than the Church Meeting.
Members may appoint deacons whose work is to assist and support the minister within the life of the church, including attending to matters relating to buildings and finance.
Congregationalists have a strong belief in the 'Priesthood of all Believers'. We believe that members of the Congregational Church have a role to play and can use their God-given skills and talents for the good of the church and the community.