Build relationships that build you up

One of our stated core values at Twickenham is “Life in Community”. The church as a community revolves around a body of Christians who provide support for each other. As we join together in common faith, we seek to grow closer, forming bonds of unity that provide an anchor against the storms of life. Small groups here build and strengthen relationships as they provide an atmosphere where people of similar interests can grow together in their relationship with God and with each other. Come be a part of and experience “Life in Community” to its fullest.


Expose your teens to POSITIVE peer pressure

Our youth ministry is for anyone. While it is intimidating to walk into a group of teenagers when you are new, our teens are all coming together, from a variety of places, to be one group that loves Jesus. We may be weird, but it’s because we are all so different and we have come to accept each other for who we are. Don’t let your first visit be your last. Jump in and get to know us and we’ll do our best to help you get to know Jesus.


Help your kids build a moral foundation and a love of God

We want our kids to know that God is Real! God is Relevant! God is Revolutionary! To help them make this connection, we utilize creative storytelling, games and crafts that are aimed at helping children understand, apply, and remember His Word.  In today’s world, our kids need a strong biblically-based moral foundation set in stone, upon which they can build for everything they encounter at home, in school and life!

Do not fear getting older, for with age comes many advantages. Senior discounts on McDonald’s extremely hot and delicious coffee, for one. The freedom to filter less of what you say or write for another. And perspective. You can look back across the decades and see with greater clarity personal, historic and culturally important events and trends to which you were oblivious in the moment.

Take the ‘70’s, for example. Judging from the music we listened to on the radio – no streaming back in those days – Jesus was really popular. Norman Greenbaum’s Spirit in the Sky, the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, Bob Dylan’s Gotta Serve Somebody, Ocean’s Put Your Hand in the Hand, and, of course, the Doobie Brother’s Jesus is Just Alright. There were others, but you get the picture. Jesus was hot in the ‘70’s.

In the ‘80’s, the little Christian fish symbol was everywhere – car bumpers, jewelry, posters, even tattoos. Everyone was asking WWJD in the ‘90’s. Plus Jesus showed up on the cover of news magazines almost as often as politicians. And these days, everyone believes Jesus is the spokesperson for their cause, ideology, policy platform and party.

Jesus is and always has been attractive. More books have been written about him than any other figure in history.  He is the most enduring icon ever. And that’s the problem. He has become an icon; a pliable image easily turned into a marketing device or mascot for everything from tee shirts to television shows, political movements to motion pictures. He can be your homeboy, your good buddy or your boyfriend.  He is useful, attractive, and he sells – which suggests that somewhere along the line we missed something really important.

God intended for us to be conformed to the image of Christ, not the other way around.

Of course there are some benefits to having such a practical and versatile version of Jesus. He is accessible, amiable and attractive. He is patient, tolerant and kind. Jesus can be just about anything you want him to be.

People have always been tempted to spin Jesus. If we can show that he agrees with us, it makes us look good. We forgot, perhaps, that God didn’t come here to change our looks; he came to change us.

The problem with spinning Jesus, though, is that he never stays spun. The real Jesus is too honest, original and even dangerous. The real Jesus will not be domesticated, tamed, leashed or caged. He will not be used. He will not be adjusted to make himself more marketable to the culture. He will not be reduced to a few letters on a tee-shirt, bracelet or bumper sticker and he will not become the religious decoration on a political party’s platform. In fact, if Jesus is a hand-in-glove fit for your political party, you’re doing it wrong.

The way we’ve sometimes tried to present him reminds me of those pharmaceutical commercials on TV. You’ve seen them. All these happy, shiny people are frolicking in the sunshine, thin and beautiful, radiating health and happiness. You know why they are so happy? They’ve taken this new drug.  It fixes everything that’s wrong with you.

Then a very credible looking actor in a doctor’s smock intones, “A few patients experienced nausea, headaches, dizziness, sleeplessness, depression, manic episodes, panic attacks and constipation.”

We tell people that Jesus is the answer to all their problems, that he will fix what’s broken, that he will give them purpose and meaning, that he will forgive the past and assure the future.  All of that is true.  Quite true.

To be honest, though, we should also give them the disclaimer. He will do all those things for you, but he’ll also confront you about your addiction to sin. He will require repentance. He expects you to actively love people you’d rather hate, meekly serve people you’d rather neglect and faithfully forgive people you’d rather despise. And he will require your unflagging allegiance – even if allegiance to him means death. Which it might.

Besides the blatant falsehood of it, there is fatal danger in creating an adjustable Jesus. In reinventing him to be more marketable, more like us, we render him powerless to make us like he truly is. We wind up not only with a housebroken Jesus, but a culturally impotent Christianity. A domesticated Christ does not create a dynamic church.

Jesus isn’t a kitten. In scripture he’s called the Lion of the tribe of Judah. In The Chronicles of Narnia, when the children first hear about Narnia’s Lion-king, Aslan, they ask, “Is he safe?” The answer comes; “Of course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

Why Our Members Chose Twickenham

As someone who has been a member of Twickenham since the beginning, there is no place that I would rather be. I appreciate that we have an eldership that bases decisions on biblical principles rather than tradition. There is a broad spectrum of people who come from different backgrounds than those of us who were raised in the church of Christ and I feel that it has been beneficial. I like that Twickenham has been a part of the community instead of isolating ourselves from other denominations.

The many ministry opportunities that members can find to participate in. The uplifting worship services; the praise team is wonderful! The children's programs. I love that we have young families as well as older members worshipping together!

. . . this church has been a HUGE blessing to our family. When we came to Twickenham, I felt like we were spiritually dying on the vine. Since coming to Twickenham, God has had us on an amazing journey that is sometimes hard and sometimes beautiful - but either way I know we are both diving deeper into Him! Yay!