Chroma is a Christian church, made up of people from all walks of life, meeting every Sunday on Freemen’s Common (15 Putney Road West, LE2 7TD) in the heart of Leicester.
The church is lead by Steve and Juliet Barber who planted the church back in 2008.
Our services are fun and relaxed. We start with fresh filter coffee, fruit and doughnuts, then we’ll be led in worship by one of our bands for about 25 minutes. There is a relevant talk from the Bible and an opportunity to receive prayer.
Running alongside the Sunday morning services are groups for Babies, Children and Youth, which are run by a fun and enthusiastic team every week. Please note that these groups only run for Sunday morning services.
Steve and Juliet’s story
In 2006 my wife & I felt Jesus speak to us about leaving Southend Vineyard (which we had planted and led for 15 years) and starting a new church. How did we know Jesus was speaking to us? Well it was not just one instance or feeling but rather a succession of feelings and events. We have been used to God speaking and directing us throughout our Christian lives, which is what makes our faith so real and exciting to us.
He spoke through people we respected, dreams, the Bible, circumstances and a small inner voice.
Once we had decided to move we had a list of boxes we wanted to tick. We wanted to be central in the country with good road access, a university city as we love working with students, obviously where God wanted us and also where there were lots of nice people.
I realize there are nice people everywhere however this is a fun story.I kept saying to Juliet that wherever we moved there must be nice people (joking). Anyway we were in Sainsbury’s in Oadby. I had a headache so I went in to buy some Nurofen. All the tills were full and I almost left because of the queues, when a young couple called me over. At first I didn’t realize they were calling me but they persisted and so I went over. They invited me to the front of the queue, in front of them saying along with some other pleasantries: “this is just so you know there are nice people in Leicester”. How cool is that?
You see God is interested in every detail of our lives and our calling. So along with a list of confirmations we decided that we were being called to Leicester.
What Kind of Church is Chroma?
Chroma Church is an Evangelical and Spirit-empowered Church.
We are Evangelical historically because our roots, like all who call themselves “Evangelical,” run from Jesus Christ and the earliest Christians churches (1st century) up through the Protestant Reformations of Martin Luther, John Calvin, and the Anabaptists (16th century), the Great Awakening (18th century) and the Second Great Awakening (late 18th-early 19th centuries).
We are Evangelical theologically because we continue to believe in Jesus as the incarnate Son of God, a high view of Scripture, and the experience of conversion and sanctification for living the Christian life. We are Evangelical practically because we continue to preach the gospel and practice evangelism alongside doing works of social justice and reform.
We are a Spirit-empowered historically in the sense of having roots in the Wesleyan-Holiness movements (18th-19th centuries), the Pentecostal Revivals (“First Wave”), the Charismatic movements (“Second Wave”) and the “Third Wave” of the Holy Spirit in the 20th century. We are Spirit-empowered theologically because we hold that receiving the Spirit is a vital experience within the process of conversion and that being “filled” or “empowered” by the Spirit is a normal experience throughout the Christian life. We are “Spirit-empowered” practically because we operate with the full range of the Spirit’s gifts as part of our ministry for the strengthening of the church and for the sake of mission in the world.
We have always described ourselves as “empowered Evangelicals,” holding to the historic orthodox doctrines of the Christian faith and the present-day ministry of the Holy Spirit.
2007 – the church begins
So in January 2007 we moved our family from Southend to Leicester and started a small group in our home. We have taken our little group out on the streets of Leicester to pray for the sick and thrown lots of parties. As people started to gather we held a monthly meeting to worship and teach the Bible @ Mobius Bar, but this quickly filled up, so in February 2008 we started Sunday morning services at the Walkers Stadium in one of the function rooms. We met at the Stadium until Leicester City Football Club got promoted, at which point we moved into our new home.
2014 – our new home
Early in 2014 we found a Warehouse on Freemen’s Common, which we set about renovating to become our permanent home for both Church Services and activities during the week. Our first service here was in July 2014. We would love you to join us at Chroma Church and if you are looking for a church then you are especially welcome.
2017 – our new name
In February 2017, after 28 wonderful years as part of the Vineyard denomination (for Steve & Juliet) we changed our name from Vineyard to Chroma Church.
We have a new name, but the mission remains the same.
Our mission and call from God has always been to express God’s love in tangible ways to the people of this City and beyond.
We believe the name of our Church should reflect this mission, giving us opportunities to tell the story of the journey Jesus has lead us on… Mt 5 says: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colours in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. We want to bring out the God Colours in our community, we want to be the display his distinctive Chroma. That’s why our new name is Chroma Church,
chroma |ˈkrəʊmə| noun [mass noun] purity or intensity of colour; or its freedom from grey. Bringing distinction, saturation and intensity of colour.
Names are important to God, and we want every person to experience and display God’s distinctive Chroma… We long to see our children enjoy the intensity and joy of his love; Our young people would have freedom to live distinctive lives; And That every man & woman could see the intensities of colours of God… discovering the saturation of His glory…
We want to be a generous people, providing the church with the resources to do things well, whilst also demonstrating God’s generosity outside this church in what we give away.
If you would like to give towards Chroma, either as a one-off gift or a monthly standing-order you can do this on this page. This is a secure and private way in which you can give towards the church in a way that suits you.
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