The Christian Congregation in the United Kingdom is a religious organisation (Registered Charity No. 1117274) entirely founded on the apostolic faith and doctrine of the New Testament of the Holy Bible. It is part of a fellowship of Christian Congregations around the world, which originated in Chicago, USA, in 1904, and is now present in several different British towns and cities.
The Christian Congregation in the United Kingdom does not authorise, nor does it agree with, the public disclosure of the spiritual aspects of the church, including detail of services, preaching, hymns and testimonies, by any electronic means or on social media.
All financial information, however, including Annual Returns and Trustee Reports, is on the public domain and can be found online on the Charity Commission’s Website.
In 1907, several groups of Italian Evangelicals were brought together in Chicago, by the work of the Holy Spirit. Many signs, wonders and conversions followed, encouraging pioneers like L. Francescon, P. Ottolini, G. Lombardi, Lucia Menna, L. Terragnoli, U.Garrazzi, G. Perrou and many others, to evangelize among Italian speaking people across the United States and also abroad in Canada, Italy, Argentina and Brazil. Consequently, many churches were founded in those places for the testimony of our Lord’s Gospel.
In order to keep fellowship and maintain an orderly progress, in April of 1927, a convention of various congregations was held in Niagara Falls and the 12 Points of Doctrine were adopted.
Throughout the years, decreasing immigration rates and high levels of assimilation among the Italian brethren led to many changes in our congregations and facilitated opportunity for spreading the gospel to others. In the early 1980’s, some churches, espousing the same persuasion regarding worship, organisation, and adherence to Scriptural doctrines, started to hold annual meetings, that today convenes in a rotation basis in Los Angeles, CA, Buffalo, NY and Chicago, IL, under the name Christian Congregation in the United States.
The Christian Congregation has been in the United Kingdom since 1993. In its early days, the congregation members used to meet occasionally at their houses. The Christian Congregation in the United Kingdom first official worship service took place in 1998 in Catford, south London. The congregation has since grown and now holds services in many British cities.
Today, the Christian Congregation is a multi-ethnic body, providing services in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, with a family of about 70 congregations across North America, committed to the preaching and practice of Biblical Christianity and to sharing the same hope and communion with churches of like doctrine around the globe.