Our Story

How it all started...

The story of Restore Community Church goes back to when two couples started praying in a house in Loughton on Sunday 30th September 1984. They had been inspired by going to a John Wimber conference and wanted to see a church based on the values of relationship, the work of the Holy Spirit and a heart to serve the local community. Those prayer meetings grew each week and gradually became a church gathering.

Wes and Mary Sutton led the church from 1988 until 2008, when Ian King then stepped in to the role of senior leader (having been associate leader from 2001).

The church has continued to grow and has met in various local buildings as we have expanded. We have always had a vision to multiply and reproduce into as many expressions as open up to serve our local communities of North East London.

Expanding the vision...

In 2010, God gave us a new name, changing us from Vineyard Church to Restore Community Church. The name Restore comes from Isaiah 61 where we find our vision to welcome everyone to meet with Jesus everyday and see restoration everywhere.

In 2012, Doxa Deo Church asked to merge into Restore, resonating with our vision to serve the local community in Loughton.

Then, at the end of 2013, we planted an expression of Restore in Winchmore Hill with a group of local passionate people, who were later joined by Southgate Christian Fellowship at Easter in 2015.

Where are we heading? 

Restore continues to have a vision to plant life-giving expressions and gatherings wherever there are people with a heart for God, for others and for their community. Our most recent expressions are in Woodford and Albany.

Our heart is for everyone to live out the heart and vision of Isaiah 61 everyday; everywhere they are. 

Be a part of our story...

Whether you're visiting, exploring faith for the first time, returning to church or looking for a place to call home, you're so welcome!
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We want everyone to have the opportunity to know and walk with Jesus and see restoration in their own lives and in the world around them .
We’d love to see you at one of our gatherings!