Churches Together in Newport Pagnell
As you browse down this page, first there is a short "About CTNP" section, followed by
- links to examples of what CTNP has been doing
- links to the websites of the churches of CTNP
- a link to a map to find a church
- a little about the structure and organisation of CTNP
- a very short history of Newport Pagnell
There are many different Christian churches in Newport Pagnell, but they all have the same basic calling—to worship God, to share the good news about Jesus Christ and to work for the good of all.
Think of ice cream! There are lots of different flavours but they're all ice cream! It's a bit like that with churches. There are different flavours and we all have our favourites. There are different styles of church which suit different types of people.
When the wider community of Christians in Newport Pagnell come together to do things, they're called CTNP.
Some examples of
what CTNP has been doing
- for some of the history, have a look at the Connections newsletters archive, or the archives at Event Archive 2017 or Event Archive 2016
- for activities you may need to use, or want to volunteer to help with, have a look under the ACTIVITIES tab, for example at CTNP activities
- for examples of previous joint services, have a look at Women's World Day of Prayer or Songs of Praise 2016.
- for what events are coming up, see Forthcoming Events
- to see what some of the ministers of the churches are saying, have a look at one of their Letters, such as the latest letter or other letters in LETTER FROM A MINISTER (see the options down the left-hand side of this page)
The websites of the churches of CTNP
The churches of CTNP are
- the Anglicans at the Parish Church of Newport Pagnell, St Peter & St Paul's and St Luke's ; St Luke's is the daughter church of St Peter and St Paul, and there are also occasional services at nearby Moulsoe and Lathbury
- the Baptists (NPBC) at Newport Pagnell Baptist Church
- the Roman Catholic Church of St Bede's Catholic Church
- the Methodists at The Methodist Church
- the United Reformed Church (URC) at The United Reformed Church
- The Calvary Chinese Christian Church which meets in the Methodist Church in Newport Pagnell (see meet at the Methodist Church ); also in a joint venture with the Milton Keynes Chinese Christian Church Crossway Joint Venture
- The Redeemed Christian Church of God, which meets at Cedars Primary School, Bury Street, Newport Pagnel; their website is at RCCG Maranatha
To find the location for a particular church
Have a look at Find a church.
The organisation of CTNP
To find out more about the structure and organization of CTNP, Have a look at CTNP Constitution in the section "meetings & administration".
The churches of Newport Pagnell are working together in the service of God to proclaim the Gospel of Christ in the community. The churches join together for worship and for social activities, learning from each other and working towards true unity in Christ.
A History of Newport Pagnell
NEWPORT PAGNELL has a long and varied history as one of the chief communities of North East Buckinghamshire.
People have lived at the confluence of the rivers Great Ouse and Lovat since the Bronze Age. The Saxons, the Romans and the Normans all had an influence on the development of what was to become one of the first market towns in the county.
Newport means new market; the Pagnell comes from the Pagnell family who owned the Manor in the 12th century. It once had a castle and a priory, but though agriculture was its main industry for centuries travellers soon brought it an added importance. The town became a busy stopping place for travellers between Nottingham and London, Oxford and Cambridge. During the Civil War it was heavily fortified by the Parliamentary Forces, whose ranks included a soldier who was later to earn fame as John Bunyan, the author of Pilgrim's Progress.
Samuel Pepys the diarist visited the town and praised the Parish Church as being "Cathedral-like." During the coaching era many other famous people stayed at the hotels including the Swan, the Saracen's Head and the Anchor.
Newport Pagnell at this time had its own tanneries, parchment works (one by the River Lovat is now the last remaining in Britain), breweries, cattle market and was an important centre for the lace trade.
In the 19th century it had its own canal, its own railway link with the main line at Wolverton, its own newspapers and a mustard factory. Tickford Bridge was built over the Lovat in 1810 and is still in use, being the oldest iron bridge in England still taking main road traffic.