Traditional in Substance, Contemporary in Style
Calvary Chapel Southampton is a part of the Calvary Chapel family, whose roots go back to the 1960’s in Costa Mesa, California. Calvary Chapel began in 1965 as a small non-denominational church of 25 people led by Chuck & Kay Smith but what began as a small church grew into a church that had a weekly attendance of 30,000. From the beginning, Chuck and Kay welcomed all—young and old—without judgement, placing his emphasis on the teaching the Bible.
God graciously used Chuck and Kay to reach a generation of hippies and surfers; generating a movement of the Holy Spirit that spread from the west coast of the USA to England, bringing thousands of young people to Jesus Christ.
Our history began in 2003 when the Lord called together a handful of Christians who wanted a church that taught the Bible but was led by the Spirit – a combination of in-depth and relevant Bible teaching but was contemporary in it’s style. In 2004 Calvary Chapel Southampton was born in the Shirley area of Southampton. Soon all the people that the Lord was bringing along outgrew our meeting hall so we moved to Portswood and God continued to increase us. In 2007 we moved to our current location in Bassett.
Our style is relaxed, informal and modern. Our Sunday Morning service usually has around 25 minutes of guitar or piano led worship, singing a blend of modern hymns and songs, this is followed by a 45 minute expository sermon. Most of us wear jeans and t-shirt, bring a Bible and arrive early to pray (you can join us!)
God is Alive, Active and Among Us
Everything that we do at Calvary is because of the foundation believe that God is alive, He is active and is working among us. We believe that God is an active God who is interested in the lives of people and is actively working to bring about his plans and desires. He uses us, equips us, and empowers us by the Holy Spirit to influence in the world for Him.
Excited to Gather, Eager to Grow, Equipped to Go
Since we believe that God is alive, active and working among us, we believe that we should be excited to gather together with other Christians to worship Him. We believe that He speaks to us through the preaching of His Word, the Bible and that He has given us the Holy Spirit who helps equip us to go into all the world and make disciples of Him.
“Go and make disciples” – Jesus