Jubilee Church Four Marks and Medstead was born from prophetic words given, when a small group of Christians, most of whom lived in the village started praying about the possibility of planting a new church in Four Marks. One of those prophetic words remembered, was from 1981, that “Four Marks was not a backwater in the purposes of God”, another came from a New Frontiers International which stated that ‘Many new churches would be planted in different places in the UK and some would be like unplanned pregnancies’ – Jubilee Church was certainly an ‘unplanned pregnancy’.
Another came from Isaiah 61:3
‘And provide for those who grieve in Zion, to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.’
These words, plus others received over several months, coupled with new people joining the group made it clear God was leading us to start a new church.
Once the group decided to go ahead we began praying about a possible name. We were lead in prayer to ‘JUBILEE’ in the Old Testament which under the old covenant, meant ‘restoration and freedom’. It was seen as the Year of the Lord’s Favor, the year of ‘JUBILEE’ (every 50 years)
This coupled with Luke 4:18-19:
‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor’.
In the New Testament under the new covenant that was ushered in by Jesus, every year indeed every day is a day of Jubilee – where people are spiritually restored and set free as the Luke 4:18-19 declares. We strongly felt, God was saying, we should see this, auctioned through a new Church Plant.
On June 8th 2003 Jubilee Church held its first Sunday service in the home of Doug and Chris Titheridge. And from a small group of nine people in 2003, committed to starting the new church, we have continued to see steady growth, with people joining us being restored to their Christian faith, along with others with no faith, coming to faith in Jesus for the first time, followed by Baptism.
As we did not have a building of our own we held our Sunday meetings in various locations over the years. In homes, in the local pub, in village halls at Medstead and Bishops Sutton, in schools Medstead and at Four Marks.
Jubilee Church aimed to be a group of ordinary people from many walks of life, who have found that knowing Jesus makes a difference in our lives. Our desire has been to establish an effective, lively, Bible based evangelical, reformed and charismatic church displaying God’s love throughout Four Marks, Medstead and the surrounding area. Our vision was to make the gospel know to the villages around us. While we did not claim to be better than other churches or have all the answers, we do believe that God has called us to be part of the expression of Christianity in this geographical area. We continue to look for opportunities to be a group of Christians building a church that is a source of blessing for the people of our communities, by sharing the good news of the transforming power of the love of Jesus, in both proclamation, demonstration and worship, in unity with other local churches.
We joined with and continue to be part of Salt Light Ministries an international family of churches. We are closely connected to the S & L churches at Basingstoke. We are also a member of the Evangelical Alliance.
From its inception in June 2003 to September 2016 Jubilee Church was lead by Doug and Chris Titheridge. In 2016 Doug retired from leading and Simon Corlett took over forming a new leadership team.