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In the heart of the Community, for the Community

 
 

Church History

Founder of the International Holiness Mission, David Thomas

Founder of the International Holiness Mission, David Thomas

Fresh Ground Church, formerly known as Thomas Memorial Church of the Nazarene, 1965

Fresh Ground Church, formerly known as Thomas Memorial Church of the Nazarene, 1965

There has been a worshipping Christian community in our building for over 100 years.  In 1915, local draper, David Thomas relocated the headquarters of the International Holiness Mission (IHM) to our site at 68 Battersea Rise.  They purchased the building from the local authority, who had previously used it as the Town Hall (District Office of Works) for Battersea. 

The IHM were a missionary organisation involved in various social action projects, both locally and in South Africa.  They also planted churches and met here for worship services, Sunday School and Christian conventions.   After Thomas’ death in 1938, the church was renamed as ‘Thomas Memorial’.  In 1953 the IHM joined the Church of the Nazarene, a small main-line denomination, similar to Methodism in its roots. 

Thomas Memorial Church of the Nazarene formally closed in 2011, as preparations for the renovations began. 

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Today we are simply known as Fresh Ground London.  We are still a part of the Nazarene church denomination and meet here regularly for Christian worship.  However, we believe that church is not simply what happens for a couple of hours on a Sunday.  We also operate the coffee house and coordinate the use of the community hall spaces.  Our vision is that the whole building will be used to foster community, bringing people together from diverse backgrounds, with any surplus proceeds made going back into local and international social action projects..  

Indeed, all are welcome to our times of worship and we would love to have people join us to explore the Christian faith. We love Jesus and we love people.  Currently we meet for worship at 10:30am on Sundays. 

Check out this video to discover what Fresh Ground is all about...

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Located in South West London.  we are home to the best coffee house in town.  

OPENING HOURS

MON-THURS: 9AM-5PM

FRI-SAT: 9AM-6PM

SUN: COFFEE HOUSE CLOSED/CHURCH SERVICE AT 10:30am

happy tots @ fresh ground

 
Happy Tots meet in the Main Hall at Fresh Ground. 

Happy Tots meet in the Main Hall at Fresh Ground. 

Happy Tots is both a Stay & Play and a Drop & Play, Monday-Friday, for 0-5yr olds.  The Stay & Play Sessions run from 9:30-11 and 11:15-12:45.  Currently you don't need to book in, just show up. The Stay & Play is £5 and an extra £3 for additional tots.  For further information, please contact Veronica below: vnartey@happytotsplaygroup.co.uk

Veronica (left) & Denise, our fully qualified and experienced Happy Tots Leaders

 
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We have two community hall spaces for hire. 

TO ENQUIRE ABOUT HIRING THE HALLS, PLEASE FILL IN THE FORM BELOW: 

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TIMETABLE

At Fresh Ground we are host to over 30 community groups and activities.  Please click here to take a glance at the timetable.  Whilst we try and keep this as up to date as possible, we always recommend getting in touch with the group leaders in advance to ensure that the class is running and to check if you need to book in. 

 

contact us

 
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TEL: 020 7228 6629

ADDRESS: 68 Battersea Rise, London, SW11 1EQ