In 2014 The Bishop of Winchester, The Bishop of Southampton, The Archdeacon of Bournemouth, local Bournemouth clergy and laity in the Deanery Synod, invited HTB in London to plant St Swithun’s Bournemouth led by Tim Matthews.
In 2014, at the invitation of Bishop Tim Dakin, Tim and Debi Matthews moved from HTB London to Bournemouth. Their task was an experiment: could a new church serve the city, especially younger people who didn’t consider themselves Christian or church goers? A small team moved in to the empty building at St Swithun’s and began to meet.
The church quickly grew through informal contemporary Sunday services and Alpha, opened a homeless shelter, offered courses to enhance people’s core relationships and began to help those caught in addictions. Two and a half years in, St Swithun’s joined with St Clement’s in Boscombe to relaunch that site for similar mission to the local area, in partnership with its two church schools. In the future, we aim to continue to serve Bournemouth and help more churches to reach their local communities.
Meet Dan, we hope that something of his story will remind you of God's goodness.