Kent Street Community Church

Together for the Gospel of Jesus Christ

There’s a lot going on at Kent Street Community Church, Kent Street, Latchford, Warrington WA4 1BT

For information please contact:

Mrs Merle Astley (Minister)

01925 267 107
07713 913 823

Mrs Pauline Ardern (Elder)

01925 262 057

Bob Sheldon (Elder)

01925 269 605
07484 170 714

Lamentations 3:23 Great is Your faithfulness


Dear Brothers & Sisters

Currently Open for Sunday Evening Worship 6pm 

and Bible Study & Prayer Monday Evening 7pm



Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell) should not attend the place of worship due to the risk that they pose to others; they should self-isolate at home immediately with other members of their household. 


Certain groups of people may be at increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19, including people who are aged 70 or older, regardless of medical conditions. Individuals who fall within this group are advised to stay at home as much as possible, however the advice is advisory and they can choose how to manage their own risks.

When entering the building follow the one way system, enter on the right, and follow the arrows when exiting. Wash hands in the disabled toilet upon entry, wash with sanitiser on exit, please don’t congregate in the reception area and create a bottleneck. Always follow advice on the posters.


Social distancing will apply within the Sanctuary, apart from members of the same household, except in situations where closer contact cannot be avoided; if this is the case, extra precautions must then be taken. There will be a maximum number of worshippers allowed into the building, so as regrettable as that may be, if the number is reached prior to your arrival, then you will not be allowed access. 


People should avoid singing, shouting, raising voices and/or playing music at a volume that makes normal conversation difficult or that may encourage shouting. Please wear a face-coverings if you so wish. A single singer appropriately socially distanced along with the use of perspex screen could be considered to protect worshippers.

We will have to keep a record of everyone attending for 21 days, to assist ‘track and trace’ if required


Food & drink will not be made available, if you need a drink please bring your own. Likewise bibles will not be available, again please bring your own.


At the end of a meeting we want volunteers, unless you are physically not able, to be involved in cleaning, This is the touch points and includes the cleaning of door handles, taps, toilets, light switches, chair backs, tables, pulpit music equipment, computer, mixer desk with either disinfectant wipes of dettol spray. Chris Banner is to organise helpers here. The bins should be emptied at the end of each session. 


As a leadership we are trying to keep abreast of our responsibility to protect those attending, but we want as well that you will still be able to enjoy your time together in God’s presence.


Every blessing


The Church Leadership


Other meetings cancelled for the time being

Sunday - 10.30am & 6.00pm

We welcome families with young people, couples and single people to attend our Services. Meetings include, praise and worship, Christian teaching, prayer and teaching for children. After the service we can meet in the cafe area for free refreshments.

Monday - Bible Study & Prayer - 7.00pm – 8.30pm

The first half we share teaching from the Bible, both the Old Testament and the New. There is an opportunity for those to share in the study. The second half is a time of open prayer where we seek the Lord to pray in line with His will.

*Tuesday - Coffee Bar - 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Open to adults who want to join for a cup of coffee, or tea, and a friendly chat. Once a month there is a Quiz Night, so if you feel you’ve got all the answers come along! We also organise Take away nights and an annual outing to get away from the hustle and bustle.

*Wednesday - Tea & Toast - 10.00am – 12.00noon

On this day we provide free tea, toast, bacon baps, along with a selection of jams & marmalade. It’s always good to have someone new to speak to and this is a great way to meet your neighbours and make new friends in a relaxed atmosphere. If you would like to come and join us just call in anytime, no need to book a table!

* At both these mid-week meetings, ministry from Leaders is available.

Thursday - Youth 4U - 7.00pm – 8.30pm 

Youth 4U is a youth group for those between 10 and 16 years. It has been running for the last 13 years. It is held during term time by a team of dedicated volunteers who have had a DBS check. Facilities provided include games consoles, tuck shop, sports, games and outings. £1.50 entry fee per person.

Friday - Kent Street Kiddiwinks - 9.30am - 11.30am 

Kiddiwinks is a play group for toddlers up to 3 years old and their parent/carer. It began on 8th September 2017 and is run during term time by a team of dedicated volunteers. The idea is for both children and their parent/carer to make new friends and enjoy their time together. There is a charge of £1 / family to cover cost of toys & refreshments etc. 


What's Planned in August

2nd Sunday Evening 6pm - David walsh

9th Sunday Evening 6pm - Steve Foster

16th Sunday Evening 6pm - Doug Woods

23rd Sunday Evening 6pm - David Walsh

30th Sunday Evening 6pm - Lester Atherton



Links & Affiliations

Independent Methodist Churches -


  1. THE TRINITY We believe in One Living and True God, Creator of all, eternal in three  persons as Father, Son and Holy Spirit; Him alone we worship and adore.
  2. GOD THE FATHER We believe that God the Father Almighty, in holy love, gave his Son for the salvation of mankind.
  3. GOD THE SON We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is God the Son. For our sake he became man, was truly human and truly divine, and lived a sinless human life. We believe that He reveals the Father, that He died to atone for our sins, rose from the dead, ascended to heaven and was exalted. He is our Advocate, Mediator and Lord. We believe that He will return personally in power and glory.
  4. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT We believe that God the Holy Spirit convinces of sin, righteousness and judgement. He causes those who repent to be born anew and dwells within them, witnessing to their salvation and developing the fruit of a Godly life. He endows believers with gifts for the up building of the Church. He glorifies Jesus.
  5. MANKIND We believe that all people are sinful and are unable to deliver themselves from the guilt, penalty and power of their sin.
  6. SALVATION We believe that salvation from the guilt, penalty and power of sin to eternal life is a free gift of God. Salvation is His purpose for all mankind and is only possible through personal faith in the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that all must stand before the final judgement of Christ and that those who have refused His salvation will be separated eternally from God.
  7. THE BIBLE We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God and are the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
  8. THE CHURCH We believe that the Church is the whole company of the redeemed in heaven and on earth and consists of all who are united to God through faith in Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ is the head of the Church, which is His body. The purpose of the Church is to worship God, to promote the fellowship of his people, to preach the Gospel and to make disciples of all nations.
  9. THE SACRAMENTS We believe that the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s supper are to be practised in obedience to the command of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that in the observance of the Lord’s supper, Christ is certainly and really present, though not bodily in the elements. When used by believers with faith and prayer, the sacraments are, through the operation of the Holy Spirit, outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace.
  10. THE CHRISTIAN LIFE We believe in the priesthood of all believers, affirming that each believer has direct access to God through the Lord Jesus Christ. The individual believer is required to render obedience to Christ in every area of life, seeking always, under His direction, the advancement of His Kingdom.



  1. CHURCHES Each Church is self-governing.  Subject to the Church's trust deed, the members meeting is the final authority in all matters affecting the Church.
  2. CIRCUITS Groups of Churches are associated in Circuits for mutual benefit. The meetings of the Circuits are deliberative in character and recommendations can only be effective by the co-operation of each Church. The organization of each Circuit is outlined in its rules.
  3. CONNEXION All member Churches constitute the Connexion of Independent Methodist Churches. The organization of the Connexion is outlined in its constitution.
    [a]     Every believer is called to service in the Kingdom of God, there being no distinction between one believer and another beyond that of function. It is recognised that  differing talents, spiritual gifts and ministries are bestowed on believers for the benefit of the church as a whole. Each church should, therefore, recognise and cultivate the talents, gifts and ministries of its members so that it may function as a ministering fellowship.
    [b]     To assist in church leadership, pastoral responsibility and the ministry of the Word and sacraments, the Connexion commissions to its ministry those who have been  called to ministerial appointment in one or more of the Connexion’s churches and who have met the qualifications laid down in the current statement on Ministry. 
    [c]     To assist in the wider ministry of the Word, the Connexion commissions and accredits  preachers who have been nominated by their church and Circuit and who have met  the appropriate qualifications laid down in the current Statement on Ministry. 
    [d]     The Connexion may, from time to time, provide training and accredit people to other specified ministries in the Connexion, such as Bible teachers, evangelists, missioners, missionaries and youth workers. 
    [e]     The Connexion makes no provision for the financial support of any personnel other than its central staff, evangelists and overseas missionaries.
  5. MISSION The Connexion is concerned with the spread of the Gospel at home and overseas. Where required, Churches and Missions are assisted and new Churches or Missions may be formed, using Connexional resources of finance and personnel. 


Affiliated to the North West Baptist Association and  Baptist Union of Great Britain.


Leadership Team

Merle Astley

Merle Astley

Founder Leader of both Westy & KCC Churches. I came to the Lord in 1975 and an IM Minister in 1988. I presently work in pastoring and coordinating the work here and jointly leader of two midweek meetings.

Pauline Ardern

Pauline Ardern

I became a committed Christian at the age of 42 after a “Damascus Road” experience. Since then I have spent my life serving Him & ministering to others, most of whom have severe personal problems. As a Fellowship we believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. My love & gratitude to Jesus.

Bob Sheldon

Bob Sheldon

I’m the latest member of the team having arrived at Kent St in July 2014. I’ve been a Christian since 1981 and currently run the bible study/prayer meetings on Monday evenings. I’m also a member of the Warrington & Halton Gideons..

Jeffrey Lee

Jeffrey Lee

Hi there, I’ve been a born again Christian for some 15 years, and KCC Church and the previous Westy fellowships have been my only Church. Besides assisting in the Church I also help to run the Youth4U and on Wednesday mornings I am the chief cook for tea &toast & bacon barms.

Gill Cooper

Gill Cooper

I’ve been with the Fellowship since I came to the Lord around 2005. I enjoy helping in different areas of the running of the Church, but particularly working with the Youth - I help organise the Outings for them. Over the years we’ve worked very closely with Latchford Baptist’s Youth leaders.

Esther Prescott

Esther Prescott

I gave my life to Jesus as a child and have followed Him ever since. I have been attending Kent Street Church (formerly Westy Christian Fellowship) since 2002. I have been assisting in the practical running of the church and its finances since 2008. I also enjoy playing the flute in the music group.


Kent Street Community Church Gallery

Chris, Freda & Jackie comimg into membership

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Some attenders of Tuesday's Coffee Bar 15-5-18

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Kiddiwinks Toddler Group 16/03/18

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Tea & Toast Wednesday 28/2/18

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      Phil, Lyndsey & Aksa, water baptised 12/1/19   

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Worship Group   

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Merle & Pauline Founder members                                                             


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   Merle's 30 years Ministry Celebration 12/05/18

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 Sisters Liz Greenhalgh & Esther Prescott. 

Mission Workers

Liz Greenhalgh – Romania

Liz Greenhalgh – Romania

Liz was a youth club leader and served in the Sunday School at Kent Street Community Church before going to Romania to work with a charity called FAST (Foundation for Social Assistance for Youth).

Liz started working in a Roma village in Brasov in 2009, helping and sharing the gospel with families living in poverty, before the Lord called her to a different part of Romania in the summer of 2016. Liz is now based in Campina, where she is based 3 days at tje charity Mana Deschisa (Open Hands), a Christian residential centre, which works with ladies/mothers who are homeless, or are in danger of becoming homeless, due to dependency issues. Her part-time role here involves supporting the project as well as leading some activities with the ladies and children. The other part of the role is helping at a local church, Centrul Crestin Nehemiah.

She has recently got involved in visiting a ladies prison, to meet with ladies who were addicts upon entry to prison and who are in the rehabilitation part of their sentence. This involves sharing the Lord with them together in a group setting.

She continues to return to Tarlungeni, the Roma village that she worked at in Brasov, to continue with the ladies meeting. This is still something that is important and a great opportunity to share the Lord and bless and encourage them.

Her role at the local church involves overseeing one of the Sunday school groups, visiting Roma villages with packages and visiting another Roma village to work with the children and share the gospel.

Early next year, the church will be opening a canteen for the poor, which she will also be getting involved in.

She has recently become a part of the Ellel ministry team, after completing their 2year Modular school earlier in 2016. This ministry is so powerful for changing lives and she is pleased that the Lord has opened this door.

Liz still feel that it is still early days at the moment and that the Lord will be opening more doors, which she is excited about!


Subject: Romania Update Jan-March 2020


I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust"

Psalm 91:2



Sorry that there has been a while in sending out the next update! There is a lot happening as I know there also in the UK with the current situation and everyone is trying to figure out what is best to do. This week, I felt the Lord put on my heart about the importance of being anchored in Him. As things can change so rapidly in the world and people become fearful of their changing situation, we can take comfort in Him who never changes and is our refuge and anchor.

Here in Romania, with the virus everything seems to be changing quite quickly, with the advice or enforced laws to help combat the virus. Schools have been shut for over a week now and we are in isolation as an association (The Rehab centre). We have a couple of ladies in that given their age and their health problems, it could be fatal if they were to get it, so we are have been told by the person who set it up that we need to be in isolation. The government are also recommending similar, only to go out when necessary. It is known now that not everyone is being tested here even if they present with symptoms, so despite the official figures showing 184 cases, the real number is likely to be higher. Romania just doesn’t have the money to be able to test everyone. There is a strong link between Romania and Italy, with many people having relatives there. I think flights have been cancelled from Italy to Romania, but people can still drive over.

People have been panic buying as they have in other countries, but in general everything is okay and the Lord continues to be in control.

The church had to cancel the service last Sunday as have other churches, but many are also doing things online and you can tune in that way, with just a small number of people involved in putting something together. The government has banned the meeting of more than 50 in the last few days. It of course is an opportunity to spend that time with Him personally also, to really seek Him more in these days of isolation and to study His word and to hear from Him.


Rehab centre:

The girls are making progress, which is always so good to see.

One of the girls (33) who has been in prostitution for many years, after leaving the orphanage she lived in, is very damaged emotionally and whilst she listens to worship music and tries to pray at night, she still hasn’t fully committed her life to the Lord. Every time she tries to pray at night, she has nightmares, which then makes her afraid to pray. When she first came, she was saying things like ‘Satan was her Father,’ so whilst she is seeing and experiencing the love of God whilst she is in this place and making small steps, she is afraid to fully commit to the Lord. I was encouraged to have such a great talk with her a couple of weeks ago as we went out for a long walk for sports session. She had told me in the morning that she had had a nightmare that night and I suggested that if she wanted, we could talk more on the walk. It was so good to be able to share with her things that I felt the Lord was saying and explain more about salvation and healing. She was also asking about why God would permit certain things, which she asked as though for a third person, but I know that she has experienced this named trauma as a child and she was indirectly asking why God hadn’t stopped it. So she has a certain wrong perception of who God is. I prayed with her that evening too before bed and bound the enemy and praise God she didn’t have a nightmare. I actually had a vision of a tunnel of small angels over her body as she was sleeping. I really felt that the Lord was protecting her. Please pray for her, as she has so much baggage that she needs to be freed from. The fight is very real and the enemy is bringing fear into her heart to stop her from giving her life to the Lord, so please pray for breakthrough her.

Prison news: I had already sent my last update in December, so I didn’t get the chance to say that it was a delight to have the girls from the prison, come to visit us. 3 from 4 of them as one were in hospital. They were brought by 4 staff and we had a really nice time together with our girls. They listened to a testimony from a girl who had been in the prison where they are and who is now with us and she was able to encourage them by telling them what the Lord has done in her life since prison and how He guided her to the rehab centre, it’s a great testimony! We also did some craft with them. They enjoyed it so much and told is this when we visited them the next time a few days later, taking with us the presents that we had not been allowed to give them when they visited (but we tried!).

Two more girls joined the group from the beginning of Feb, taking the total number to 6. One of them still has 7 years after being there already for 2. We are encouraged and really feel the Lord’s presence and recognise that He is stirring things in the girl’s hearts during the worship and talk. The girls are very encouraged by our visits and we can see the power also of giving them a hug. We recognise the rejection that they have faced, from families and others and we sense that even though a hug is something small and simple that we can all do, it communicates to the them love and acceptance and we see that in their faces. Occasionally they are open to us praying with them individually and one lady we recently prayed with just continued to cry as we prayed.

We found out this week that unfortunately there has been a restriction on visitors going into the prison until the end of the month, but it is highly likely that that will be extended. This will be a difficult period for the girls as they will not receive visitors either from family members, for those that have.

Church news

We had our first Kids party in February with once again 60 children attending. I was responsible for doing the bible verse and we learned it through a giant game of pass the parcel, which was a lot of fun with so many! Children from all over Campina and the Roma villages were invited.

I preached earlier this month (a Wednesday evening), something that I haven’t done for a long time for different reasons, but the Lord spoke to me clearly that I was to start doing it again. It’s always good to obey! I spoke on ‘surrender,’ which God clearly put on my heart and I was thankful that I could see the Lord guiding me during the preparation.

I was recently able to help the pastor’s wife with counselling ministry with someone at church; a lady who has recently given her life to the Lord. I was encouraged to see how the Lord gave me a vision and the lady that we were counselling said that the Lord had given her exactly the same vision on the Sunday. The lady was encouraged and could feel how the Lord had worked in her.




The courses in February and March were great and I was really encouraged to see how the Lord was leading our group and how He was bringing up memories to one particular person, into which we prayed into for healing. It is always best to let God take control and see what He does! The course and healing retreat at the end of March of course have had to be cancelled, so many things are being disrupted, but God is in control of it all.


Thank you for your continued interest and support.

May the Lord richly bless you and protect you!



A few main prayer points

Breakthrough in the heart of the girl I mentioned above

Thanks giving that one of our girls was able to be employed recently, it is not always so easy to find a job here in Campina

For continued wisdom with working with the girls and the decisions that need to be made regarding their personal programmes. 

For a new staff member, ideally a social worker, Romanian and can handle working with the girls. (We recently had someone lined up to do a trial and then she wrote to say she didn't think that she would be able to handle the girls.) Yes, it isn't always so easy, so we need the right person prayed in. 

For the girls in prison, to feel the Lord close to them and to desire to seek Him personally 


History of Kent Street

In the mid 1990’s the Lord gave a vision of a Mustard Seed to two leaders who were running a Coffee Bar at Stockton Heath IM Church. The vision was to plant another work in the Westy area of Warrington.  The aim was to share the Gospel and give practical help to the needy people in that area. The work began in the Community House in Westy Lane with a view of moving into the nearby St. Margaret's Hall which at that point was empty and vandalised. The small group met there for 2yrs., not realizing that this was merely a stepping stone; because during that time Warrington Borough Council had released funding and work was completed in refurbishing the building which is now Latchford Hub. In 1998 The Coffee Bar became one of the first groups to meet in St. Margaret's, and the Mustard Seed began to grow!

Within months a 2nd work began as children came into the Centre and the encouragement was there to start a work known as The King’s Club. Then in Feb. 2000 in Bolton Council School, Westy Christian Fellowship began Sunday Services. In 2002 as part of the Luis Palau Mission to Warrington, Ketty Palau was invited to speak at a lunch organised by the Fellowship. This was particularly blessed as out of the 100 people who attended, 30 made further enquiries and 4 made definite commitments to follow Jesus.

The fellowship continued to meet at St Margaret's Hall weekdays and Sundays at the School over several more years and the number of people attending both venues grew. During this time the Lord gave a further vision to the Fellowship to have their own building, this eventually came to fruition in the summer of 2010!

Kent Street Mission, Latchford, was suffering through falling numbers and an ageing congregation, and finding it difficult to maintain the building. The leaders of Kent Street asked Westy Christian Fellowship whether they would like to have the building. After much prayer and discussion by the leaders it was decided that this was the Lords plan for the church. From this point on Westy Christian Fellowship became known as Kent Street Community Church.

Substantial renovation of the church building was necessary to deal with structural problems and to modernise the layout and fixtures and fittings. The first phase was completed in 2011, and the second phase in 2015. A large proportion of the finances needed for this work was kindly given via grants from WREN and Viridor Credits respectively.

The founders of Kent Street Mission had a tremendous heart for the community and this was their legacy to us today. Our vision is not just to be a Church but to take the Gospel message into the Community. As we go we reach out in the love of Christ Jesus “Love in Action”. The structural work at this stage may be finished, but “people” work is still very much ongoing, and the Fellowship fully acknowledges that “except the Lord build the House, we labour in vain”.




Safeguarding Policy Statement

The following statement has been agreed by the leadership of Kent Street Community Church, Warrington.

This church is committed to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk, and to ensuring their well-being.

  • We believe that all children and adults at risk should know that they are valued within the church and safely enjoy and have access to every aspect of the life of our church.
  • We respect the personal dignity and rights of children and adults at risk (for example, as set out in the Human Rights Act 1989 and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) and will ensure that our policies and procedures reflect this.
  • We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect of children under 18 years of age.
  • We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, financial, discriminatory abuse and neglect of adults at risk.
  • We recognise that domestic abuse affects both adults and children and believe that domestic abuse in all its forms is unacceptable and inconsistent with a Christian way of living.
  • We will report any abuse of children or adults at risk that we discover or suspect.
  • Where an allegation suggests that a criminal offence may have been committed, the police will be contacted as a matter of urgency.
  • We recognise that Children’s Services has responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a child, and that Adult Services do so for adults at risk.
  • We acknowledge that Local Authority Designated Officers (LADOs) have responsibility for dealing with all allegations and concerns about people working with children.
  • We recognise that safeguarding is a whole church responsibility.


We are committed to:

  • The establishment of a loving environment, which is safe and caring, and where there is an informed vigilance about the dangers of abuse.
  • Following the relevant legislation, statutory, denominational and specialist guidelines in relation to safeguarding children and adults at risk.
  • Ensuring that we keep up to date with national and local developments relating to safeguarding.
  • Building constructive links with the relevant Voluntary and Statutory Authorities.
  • Taking all reasonable steps to ensure that as a church, everyone works within the agreed procedures of our safeguarding policies.
  • Supporting the Safeguarding Coordinator and Deputy in their work and in any action they may need to take in order to protect children and adults at risk.
  • Following a selection and appointment process which includes a clear DBS check of all those who wish to work with children and adults at risk.
  • Supporting, supervising, resourcing and training all those who undertake work with children and adults at risk.
  • Ensuring that the children and adults we have contact with know that they are valued and feel empowered to tell us if they are suffering harm.
  • Reporting any abuse of children or adults at risk that we discover or suspect.
  • Supporting all those in our church who are affected by abuse.
    • Supporting and supervising those who pose a risk to children or adults at risk, implementing contracts of behaviour e.g. code of conduct, whilst bearing in mind the overarching principle that the welfare of the child is paramount.
    • If an assessment is made that someone poses an unmanageable risk to those in need of protection and could not safely attend our church, we will ensure that they continue to be offered pastoral care and will signpost them to appropriate agencies for  support.


Name:  Merle Astley (on behalf of the church leadership team)