History & governance

Christchurch was formed in 1969 when 3 Hitchin churches joined together – Brand Street Methodist, Queen Street Congregational and Nightingale Road Methodist churches. This makes Christchurch one of the oldest Local Ecumenical Partnerships in the UK.


The Congregational Meeting is the heart, mind, ears and voice of Christchurch. It meets regularly for worship, discussion and to reach a consensus on all aspects of church life.

Christchurch is a charity, and the Christchurch Trustees fulfill the legal and financial responsibilities of the Charity as they oversee the life and work of Christchurch in accordance with the Constitution.

We are part of the North Herts Methodist Circuit (14 churches) and the North Herts Local Area Group of the URC (itself part of the Thames North Synod of the URC).