We're all about Jesus

About The Hill Church

We are all about Jesus! The gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ, and the incredible gift of salvation and forgiveness that we have through faith in Jesus Christ and his death and resurrection. The gospel changes lives, and we seek to be a force for the gospel in Swansea and beyond.

Yet we also know that we are to demonstrate our faith with practical acts of love and service to the world around us, to be salt and light wherever we are. For this reason, we also aim to be a church that is a force for good too!

The Hill church is part of the Catalyst network of churches, which has it’s roots in New Frontiers International.

Salt and Light

Our Story

The Hill church began as a church plant in 2011. Robin & Hannah Vincent had planted and led a church in Bromsgrove when they felt called by God to plant again in Swansea. They arrived in 2011 with their two children, and soon had two other couples join them too. In 2012 another new church plant in Swansea called Vibrant City church joined and strengthened the core of the church plant. Meetings were held in a lounge and slowly grew, with the church moving to two other venues before finally purchasing our own building in 2016. The building had been used by a previous charity to support the vulnerable in Swansea, and due to unfortunate circumstances were forced into closure. In purchasing the building, our aim was to ensure the building remained a ‘force for good’ in the city, and a place of hospitality and hope. Soon, the initiative of Matthews House began, with the first expression of a junk food café to serve meals that were destined for the bin to be fed to the hungry instead!

Other expressions of Matthews House are now also running. The Hill church also meets here (now named Matthews House) on Sunday afternoons, where we strive to be a force for the gospel and a force for good in the city.

Our Values we aspire to:

Don't perform, don't pretend.

In other words, be yourself – as you are Monday to Saturday! By ‘not performing’ we are saying that particularly front led ministry (for example teaching, worship) should never be a performance to a crowd but done in worship to God. And by ‘not pretending’ we want everyone to be real about life and all it’s challenges and find that the church is a safe place to be honest and real with each other.

As part of this, we also aim to use everyday language for everyday people, speaking and talking in ways that the average man or woman on the street would understand. Our example is Jesus, who used everyday pictures and stories in his teaching to convey deep truths.

Come as you are, but don’t stay as you are

We want to be a church where everyone feels completely welcomed, loved and accepted – no matter who they are, what they believe or how broken they may be. This is why we say, ‘Come as you are’. But we also say, ‘Don’t stay as you are’. God loves us all just as we are – but loves us too much to let us stay as we are! God is always looking to change us to be more like Jesus – and so we should have an open heart for the Holy Spirit to change us.

Generosity & getting God in our budget

We have been given an abundance of grace through the gospel, and through the gifts. How then can we not be generous in using them for the benefit of others? We want to build with the attitude it is better to give than receive in all aspects of life.

Generosity is also expressed through giving financially, including to the church we attend where we are spiritually fed and pastored. And of course, the lights and water don’t pay for themselves. But we will never pass a plate around on Sundays; the church is financed by the regular and generous giving of its members; therefore, guests will never be asked for money at our meetings.

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We love to connect

Any healthy family wouldn’t just talk and be with each other once a week but would connect in a variety of ways! The same is true of us – we love to connect throughout the week in other ways too, in smaller midweek groups called ‘Life Groups’, and in other ways too that build friendship and keep us all connected.

Force for good

We take the challenge of the gospel seriously – we don’t want to be a church that only talks about faith, but also demonstrate our faith to the world in kind and good deeds. Matthews House is an initiative of the Hill church and is an example of a project bringing hospitality and hope to the people in Swansea. In this way and in so many other ways, large or small, we want to be a force for good which can also open the door for the gospel.

Force for the gospel

The gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ, and the incredible gift of salvation and forgiveness that we have through faith in Christ and his death and resurrection. It is through the church that the message of Jesus is brought to the world. It has been said that the church is the only organisation in the world that exists for it’s NON – members. We are passionate about Jesus and telling the world about Him, for it is only through Jesus and only by God’s grace that we can be saved.

Bible plus nothing, Bible minus nothing

We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, filled with the message of hope about Jesus, and truth about who God is and how He desires us to live. The Bible is not just one book but 66 books, and it is our aim to teach the full breadth of scripture on all matters. Therefore, not ‘adding to it’ by way of teaching vague unfounded opinions, or by or ‘taking away from it’ by leaving out parts that are difficult to understand.

Build with the gifts

The church is healthier when people are using their talents and skills for the good of one another. We aim to discover and build using these God-given gifts. We see the church therefore as a place where many expressions and ministries are possible. There is a saying, “Do what you love and change the world while you do it”. There are also many ministries in the church where members can serve and discover talents that haven’t been discovered yet!

We also desire that when the church meets and worships in large and small gatherings that there is opportunity for spiritual gifts and contributions to be brought by the whole church not just the leadership.

The Hill Leadership team:

Ashley and Grant Winter

Grant and Ashley moved from South Africa just over 10 years ago with the intention of being involved in a new church in Swansea. Previously they had been involved in church leadership in South Africa. They love living in Wales! Ashley has a thriving photography business which she started from scratch a few years ago. Much of their time and energy goes into raising their four boys and trying to stay sane whilst doing so.

David & Alison Ellerby

David and Alison have lived in Wales for a long time and have been involved in church leadership for a number of years. They have a deep commitment to the local church.