worship & location
Sunday 10:00 am – Family Worship
Children’s Church (Not at this time)
Wednesday 7 pm – Bible Study and Prayer
The Homestead Center
Suites 4 & 5
392 South Main Street
Colchester, CT 06415
Pastor Don Rivers
Elder Kory Schutz
Elder Kevin Baldwin
statement of faith
- We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
- We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
- We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
- We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus-Israel’s promised Messiah-was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
- We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
- We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
- We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
- We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
- We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
- We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.
history & mission
Christian Life Chapel planning began in July of 1994 through the assistance of the Rural Home Missionary Association, Morton, IL with Sunday morning home church services beginning one year later in September 1995. That year of planning included a local advisory council of 12 fellow evangelical Christians from local churches who affirmed God’s call to plant a new church in Colchester.
CLC became part of the Colchester community in March of 1996 at which time it formally organized while meeting in an upstairs rented office space at 32 Norwich Ave. Dedication of the new church there was held on June 9. A Church Constitution was then written and State of Connecticut recognition received in March of 1997.
In April of 2004 CLC joined the New England District of the Evangelical Free Church. The year 2007 brought a lot of change as CLC made the move to become a portable church to allow for ministry growth. A small office space was rented at the Hayward Inn on Hayward Avenue in Colchester. Sunday morning was afforded to CLC free of charge by God’s grace and design, meeting at the Colchester Town Hall public meeting rooms, 127 Norwich Avenue, Colchester. The ministry grew slowly over the next 7 years.
God provided in his time strong leadership and a willing fellowship to step out in faith to obtain a permanent comfortable and welcoming ministry center location at 392 South Main Street, Colchester in the Homestead Center. CLC had by this time established a regional ten-town gospel ministry of, “the church going to the people, balanced with welcoming people to join our church.” CLC’s presence in town was now enhanced. Outreach support groups, seminars, and Bible studies continued then in earnest with more numbers of folks coming into our ministry on weekdays.
The mission cast for many years through prayer, counseling, and the teaching of God’s Word and has been: LOVING GOD, LOVING OTHERS, and SERVING OUR COMMUNITY. The ultimate goal for CLC is not to grow up into a church just for themselves, but to become a church planting church to the glory of God in the fulfilling of Jesus’ Great Commission for Southeast Connecticut and around the world.