Although the area has been settled since the 10th century, Whitehaven primarily owes its existence to the Lowther family of the 17th century, who designed and developed the town as a commercial port. The town centre is well-known for its gridded street system and is believed to have been the inspiration for the layout of the streets of New York.
With a long history of industry and commerce, Whitehaven is considered to be a historic Georgian market town. Now however, with trade having moved elsewhere during the 20th century, the town has refashioned itself as a tourist destination.
Although the people of Whitehaven can look back to a rich and varied history, the town and its surrounding villages still include some of the most economically deprived communities in the UK. Part of our work as a church in serving our community is done through our community drop-in, open throughout the week, as well as hosting the Whitehaven centre of the North Lakes Foodbank.
However, the need for the gospel in our area is even greater. Vast swathes of people in our area have never heard the good news of Jesus Christ. Many have been turned off by hypocritical imitations of the Christian faith and seek answers to the anxieties and pains of life in futile endeavours elsewhere.
Therefore, we are passionate to proclaim Jesus to our community in all that we do, offering new life to every person who would believe in him. We earnestly desire to see our community transformed by the awesome power of the gospel, as God changes the hearts and minds of ordinary, local people by the Spirit, so that they would seek his glory in everything as they live for Jesus.