About Hope Church

Hope Church is a non-denominational bible teaching Christian church based in the village of Buglawton, but serving all of Congleton and surrounding areas.

Our Pastor

Pastor Sandy Hallyburton

Our church is led by Pastor Sandy Hallyburton. Sandy is originally from Scotland but has lived in Congleton for a number of years. Despite that, the Scottish accent hasn't faded.

Sandy is married to Corinna, who plays a very active role in the church, leading our Sunday School amongst many other things. Together they have two children, Matthew and Jonathan, both of which are also talented musicians and perform during our services.

He is a keen guitar player and leads the musical worship of our services. Such is his passion for guitars, he also owns a bass guitar retailing business.

Our Beliefs

Our church is strongly based on the teachings of the bible. We believe in:

  • The one true God who lives eternally in three persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
  • The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.
  • The dignity of all people, made male and female in God’s image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement.
  • The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God—fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.
  • The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ – born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.
  • The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.
  • The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.
  • The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.
  • The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.
  • The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers — given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit’s gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.
  • The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.

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