HC3 (Horringer Court Community Church) was formed in the early 1980s when a group of Christians living on the Horringer Court Estate in Bury St Edmunds recognised the lack of a formal Christian presence on the estate.
We began with a weekly prayer meeting and a Sunday school class. Then in 1982 a public worship service was started in Horringer Court Middle School and we have been there ever since. Our services are informal and contemporary, with both traditional and more modern music and little or no liturgy.
Since those early days our vision has widened and we now engage in a variety of activities aimed at promoting the faith, supporting those in need and developing resources to enhance life in the local community.
We are currently working with the school and the local residents’ association to try and create a building to be used by the whole community for education, leisure, recreation and church purposes.
We are not members of any particular denomination but our members come from a diverse range of Christian traditions and from none. We see ourselves as ‘The family of God’ and we enjoy our various family activities, celebrating our life together as a vibrant community with a common interest and purpose.
We meet every Sunday at 10:30am at Horringer Court Middle School and would love to see you there.
The leadership team
“Stephen Jarrold had a go!
I don’t know if that would be the best epitaph but it’s how I feel looking back at life. I’ve sung twice in the Royal Albert Hall, spent 2 ½ years in a Mission (mostly South America), started a football club, started a choir and been a Director at Denny Bros Ltd for 8 years (I started there in 1983). I have 3 amazing children. I was a church Elder for 10 years. I was voted Pastor of HC3 in September 2016.
But I’ve also been divorced after 25 years of marriage and I’ve been bankrupt. My list of mistakes is considerable.
But I have been restored. My wonderful wife and her 2 children (mine now too as well!) are part of an incredible story: God takes broken things, broken lives and puts them back together.
I’m proud to be part of HC3 – a church that welcomes everyone and believes God has a unique purpose for every life, whatever your journey has been.
Stephen Jarrold is still having a go.”
“I was born into a large family. My parents’ marital problems meant I grew up shy and insecure with a ‘short fuse’, leading to explosions of frustration and anger. As a young teenager, I rejected Church and religion but I had a radical conversion in my late teens and God became dynamically real in my life. This angry recluse was transformed into a Pastor and Preacher and worship leader.
I am privileged to operate my own small ministry called Fruitful Bough Ministries (FBM). Through this I have preached and actioned charitable work on three continents – I have a special affection for the nation of Uganda. I was an Assemblies of God minister for 41 Years and recently became a Churches in Community Minister following an invitation from the HC3 church leaders to become Associate Pastor.
My association with the church goes back over 35 years. I’m happily married to Christina with three adult children and three grandchildren. Hobbies include playing the guitar, reading, photography and walking our daughter’s dogs.
My passion is to enable others to be all they can be, and to communicate clearly the principles that can truly change a life and society for the better.”
David is a member of our leadership team.
David is now retired, but worked for many years in Bury St Edmunds, where he still lives with his wife Fay.
“I was born in the market town of Diss, just over the border into Norfolk. I have an elder sister & 2 younger brothers. We were raised as a church going family every Sunday morning where we went to Sunday school. I also sang in the school choir & played in the school brass band. I married in 1986 & we had 3 children but unfortunately this marriage came to an end in 1998.
In 2002 with my life in a dark place a friend of mine took me to church at High Street, Isleham. On my fifth visit to this church I had a remarkable encounter with God in which He not only proved to me that He existed but also that He loved me just the way I was, but he loved me so much He didn’t want me to stay that way.
In 2010 after a few visits as a guest speaker I joined the team at HC3.
I became an Elder in December 2016 & I love serving in the church & my greatest passion must be sharing the gospel & God’s love for everybody.
I have 4 grandchildren (at the moment) & I hope to have more one day.
I live in the village of Wortham, near Diss, where I share a house with my dear friend, travel companion & fellow avid gardener Ian & our cat Misty (the lady of the house).”