The Beginning


The Point is part of the Church of England and began towards the end of 2004 with eight adults and 5 children. Anglican Vicar Will Kemp moved down from London with his wife Caroline and their three boys to join a small team already in the Hurstpierpoint area.

As Will explains, “Our time in London was coming to an end, and we were asking God where He wanted us to serve Him next. We looked at several openings, but none of them quite seemed to fit. Then out of the blue came a phone call from old friends, Matt and Beth Redman, and the idea of a churchplant in Mid-Sussex started to take shape. Before long we were sitting with the Bishop of Horsham, Lindsay Urwin, and the dream became a reality.

The group started meeting in the Kemps’ home in September 2004, praying and sharing together, and for the first few months focussed in on just one passage of scripture: Acts chapter two – a picture of what the early church looked like. These verses became key in determining how we would do church at The Point. Our aim from day one has been to take the heart of this two thousand year old model of church, and re-imagine it for today’s world.