All the words above are important at Linden Church, a Christian community which grew out of a children’s club on a large housing estate just 2 miles west of the University campus around 40 years ago. And we’re still learning what it really means to be followers of Jesus.
We don’t want to play it safe by being afraid of making mistakes, because at the heart of Linden is the longing for authenticity.
We’ve always found it difficult to find a label that neatly fits the sort of church we are; we’re not formally linked to a particular denomination or church stream. We’re members of the Evangelical Alliance and are committed to Swansea Hope, a local network of churches praying and working to love the city in words and action. We’re a Fair Trade church and support the abolition work of Love 146.
We are an eclectic mix of people – some with experience of other denominations and others who have no church background at all but have found faith in God whilst being at Linden. If we’re honest we’re all still journeying!
Ten years ago we set up a community project in the nearby community of Mumbles called Red Café and we run all sorts of community initiatives from there.
Red Café is the home of Under the Canopy, a fresh expression of church aimed at 18 -30 year olds: there’s an intriguing mix of music, meals, discussion and prayer.
One of our key values is involvement and there’s no shortage of activities to engage with - Street Pastors, Contact the Elderly, youth work, young families and children, overseas mission trips etc
We support the work of Mutende in Zambia, an orphanage and school in a needy community on the outskirts of Chingola in the Copperbelt. Teams visit regularly and lots of the church are actively involved in supporting the work there.
As I write, Sunday meetings are focused on considering the letter written to the Christians in Philippi and that’s proving to be moving and inspirational!
We have lots of musicians in the church, we enjoy and welcome the creative arts and know that living out what it means to belong to God is deeply challenging; we know we can’t do it alone - we need each other.
I hope that’s given you an idea. Feel free to visit