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Church Profile
1. Brief History
2. Doctrinal Position
3. Church Services
4. Leadership
5. Membership
6. Mid-week Meeting
7. Outreach
8. Schools
9. Magazine/Website
10. Finances
11. Location
1. Brief History

Up to July 1968, the church met as a daughter church of an evangelical Methodist church in Leeds, in a hut on the same site as today. At that date, the church withdrew from the Methodist Circuit and became an independent church. The hut and half-acre of land was finally purchased in 1977. A Constitution was drawn up and 20 people were brought into membership in June 1978.

A new brick building was erected in 1983, followed by a two-storey extension in the mid 1990’s. In 1990 Glyn Williams became the first full-time Pastor, supported entirely by the church fellowship and continued until the end of March 2011 when he became part-time for 2 years until March 2013. Joe Cresswell became full time Pastor in August 2013 following the completion of his training at London Theological Seminary and was with us for 5 years until July 2018. We have been without a Pastor since then. Martin Sellens is the Elder of the church at present.


2. Doctrinal position

The teaching of the church is closest to the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, without actually taking it as its basis. It is conservative, baptist, Reformed, evangelistic, amillennial and non-charismatic. We also count the Lord’s Day as special. We have good fellowship and links with other like minded churches and Christian organisations in the area and further afield. Our Pastor and Elders have been and are active members of the Yorkshire Reformed Ministers Fraternal. We are active participants in the quarterly prayer meetings for revival. The elders of like-minded evangelical churches in Leeds meet annually and our men support other churches around the city in ministry both on Sundays and mid-week. We have close links with Caring for Life who are also based in Cookridge. Whilst we are not affiliated to FIEC we have good fellowship with other churches who are and attend FIEC events in our area.

3. Church Services

We start our worship on the Lord’s Day with corporate prayer – currently from 8 to 8.45am (we are reviewing the timing of this prayer meeting). Our worship Services are at 10.30am and 6.30pm. The ethos could be described as reverent, but joyful. Every Sunday morning, a children’s talk is given, and the children go to their own lessons during the sermon. An expository style of preaching is employed with our own regular preachers usually going through books of the bible, except at special seasons. We also welcome visiting preachers to the pulpit.

We use the new version of ‘Christian Hymns’ as our hymn book, together with our own Supplementary Book. The New King James Version of the bible is the ‘pulpit’ bible. Communion is held after the first morning service, and the third evening service, of each month. It is open to all who have trusted Christ as Saviour and Lord. Musical accompaniment is usually provided by piano but we also have an organ.


4. Leadership

Currently we have one Elder and two Deacons. Our church government states that the Pastor is also one of the elders. Elders and Deacons are always male. At present we do not have a Pastor but are in the process of seeking the right man to lead the church forward.


5. Membership

There is a spread of ages in the membership although the majority tend to be older in years. A good number are willingly involved in and committed to the various aspects of church life. We pray that the current peace and unity in the church will continue.

The Membership currently numbers 37. The Lord has blessed over the years with a number of conversions and baptisms. We are known for being a warm and friendly fellowship with a caring ethos and ministry to needy souls.

6. Mid-week Meeting

This takes place each Wednesday evening, 7.45pm to 9.15pm. The first part is a bible study given by the Elders , or somebody nominated by them. Sometimes a missionary society deputation meeting takes place. The second part is a prayer meeting, which is preceded by points for prayer where any person attending may contribute.


7. Outreach

The church is firmly evangelistic using various methods to reach out to the neighbourhood in which we live. We produce a Contact leaflet which we distribute around the area twice a year and other tracts are distributed through people’s doors during the year in the wider area. The last door-knocking phase took place some years ago. We have held Spring and/or Autumn Suppers with gospel talks most years with special events taking place at Christmas. We last ran a “Christianity Explored” course over 7 weeks in October / November 2016. Three of the people on the course were subsequently converted and two of these have since been baptised. A more recent course in 2022 has led to a further baptism.

Most of the other regular events of the church include an outreach element:-

‘Men’s Fellowship’ meets on the third Tuesday evening of every other month.

‘Tots Club’ is very popular. It meets on Wednesdays 1.15 – 2.45 pm during term time.

‘Thursday at Two’ reaches out to Senior Citizens every fortnight, 2pm-3.30pm and has a good number attending of which a good number are not Christians. Meals and “soup and sweet specials” take place regularly at 1pm.

‘Ketchup’ for primary age children on Friday nights 6pm-7.15pm

'Rock up' for secondary school age meets fortnightly on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm at church.

‘Ladies craft evenings’ are popular and take place three times a year, normally on a Tuesday evening with a speaker.

‘Missionary Prayer meetings’ take place normally on the first Thursday of each month at 7.30pm at the church.

We are also now taking quarterly services at two local Care Homes on a Sunday afternoon.


8. Schools

We run an annual Bible Exhibition in June in conjunction with the Open Air Mission where we invite children from several local primary schools. A retired senior teacher takes assemblies at local schools. We also invite year groups to church to consider questions such as “What is Easter all about?” and “What is Christmas all about?”


9. Magazine / Website

We publish a church magazine 6 times a year. This is available on our website as are sermons and more general information which is regularly updated. The church website is at www.tinshillfreechurch.org.uk

10. Finances

The church is in a reasonable position financially with some reserves. We support a number of missionaries/mission organisations at home and abroad. The amount given to external missions/charities is around 30% of our income.


11. Location

The church is situated 6 miles North West of Leeds city centre, in a suburban position. There are private and council estates in the immediate vicinity. The congregation is mostly local, but some come from a number of miles away.


We are a Registered Charity (No. 511933) and will soon become a CIO (Registered Charity no. 1198328) and further information can be obtained by going to the Charity Commission website - www.charity-commission.gov.uk


Updated December 2023