Wigmore Church and Community Centre
A people committed to the love of God to all;
a building designed to serve the community.
 

Our Mission at Wigmore Church is to ...
 
  • Share the Good News of Jesus Christ
  • Worship and learn together on the journey of faith, encouraging one another and nurturing all those who wish to follow Christ
  • Care for all God's people, responding to human need by loving service
  • Work for a more equitable society at home and just dealings and fairness with our neighbours abroad
  • Live in sympathy and harmony with all creation
  • Provide a safe and welcoming environment for all
 
The Beginnings of Wigmore Church
The church community at Wigmore has its antecedents in the Congregational Church in King Street, Luton (founded in 1864).

In 1965 that building was found to be unsafe and the congregation moved out. During the ensuing years the members lodged with other churches in Luton, such as Chapel Street Methodist (the "Industrial Mission") and for a much longer period of time (1968 - 1981) at St. Anne's Church (Anglican or 'Church of England') in Crawley Green Road. Some members joined other churches in the town. After a period spent worshipping in the nearby village of Cockernhoe, finally the church resided in Wigmore Primary School, which was the launching pad for the new church building.

Throughout this journey there was a desire to keep alive the Reformed tradition, now very much alive in the United Reformed Church (URC) - formed with the joining together of Presbyterian and Congregation denominations in England. From 1981 onwards the possibility of building a church to serve the new housing development on the Hertfordshire border (to the East of Luton) became a possibility. Much determination and hard work on the part of both ministers and members made this into a reality.

The Luton Methodist Circuit also recognised the potential for such a development and contributed money from the sale of Cockernhoe Methodist Church (just across the Hertfordshire border) to the beginning of a Local Ecumenical Project with the URC in Wigmore. The closure of Round Green Methodist Church in 1997 brought more members from the Methodist tradition into the Wigmore community.

Wigmore Church is now part of both the Luton & Dunstable URC Pastorate and the South Bedfordshire Methodist Circuit (formed in September 2010 by the joining together of the previously separate Luton and Chiltern Downs Methodist Circuits).

The churches of the Luton & Dunstable URC Pastorate now form the Luton & Dunstable cluster of churches in the wider Heartland group, alongside other clusters of URC congregations in the Mid-Herts and St. Albans areas.

 
The Wigmore Church Building
Our church building was opening in 1991. There was a strong desire that the building should be designed to be multi-functional in use. The architects, Spencer Dacombe, used a tent-like design with partition doors so that the areas of the building can be adapted to different uses; to be a witness to the work of God within the community. A front view of the church building
A side view of the church building
The cross, which towers above the building at its centre point, serves as a visible sign of Christian presence to the neighbourhood.
The building is deliberately simple in design, with an emphasis on providing space for worship which is flexible and uplifting, as well as rooms and facilities for a great variety of activities that occur each day of the week. For example, there is a fully equipped play area for young children. The front entrance

This page last modified ... 22nd August 2018