When Milton Keynes was designated as a new town, the Church of England, the Baptist Union and the Methodist Church had a common vision to work together in this completely new area. Christ Church on Stantonbury Campus was set up as the first Local Ecumenical Project in Milton Keynes, enabling the three denominations to worship, work and plan together right from the start. The United Reformed Church joined as a sponsoring denomination a little later.
On Easter Sunday 1975 our first service was held in the Community House on Stantonbury and by the end of the year the fellowship had moved to its present location on Stantonbury Campus (although the building wasn’t officially opened until February 1976). In the early years, the building was also home to the local Roman Catholic congregation, and we shared a monthly evening worship service together.
In 1982, the seven worshipping congregations in this north eastern part of Milton Keynes formed the Stantonbury Ecumenical Parish (now Partnership).
At Easter 1990, an extension to the building was opened, providing for the first time a purpose-built sanctuary and baptistry, alongside the existing community hall. The building is used extensively throughout the week by a wide variety of different community and Christian groups.
Though we are in partnership with the four denominations (Anglican, Baptist, Methodist, and URC), our members come from a diversity of backgrounds and we worship together because of our personal relationship with and commitment to Jesus, our Lord.