Reaching out beyond our building...

Church palnting image with growing branch with leaves

As part of the Giving Away priority we have at St Giles, we are continuing to seek God’s guidance for what He may be calling us to do in the future, particularly in terms of us being a resourcing church within the town. We are seeking to deepen our partnerships with others in the cause of building God’s Kingdom through church planting and fresh expressions of church.

St Giles has a long history of planting new churches and partnering with existing church communities as part of our commitment to mission and growth.  Over the years we have sent and commissioned a number of teams to go and support or pioneer new church initiatives in and around Northampton, and we have continued to support these ventures in various ways including in our commitment to prayer.

Our latest commitment is to St Columba church in Collingtree.

Until recently the parish of Collingtree was part of a group of five rural parishes (The Salcey Benifice). With the building of Collingtree Park and the forthcoming Rowtree housing development Collingtree has been established as separate parish with Rev'd James Howson appointed to oversee St Columba Church in Collingtree.

St Columba, Collingtree

St Columba was a missionary who travelled widely, spreading the gospel and planting churches around Ireland and Scotland. Inspired by this tradition we are partnering with St Columba Collingtree and will be planting a team there to work with the church community to develop a thriving and vibrant church in 2021.

The Rev‘d James Howson says, ”the church of St Columba looks forward to working together with St Giles as we develop new ministries and ways of being church. We look forward to welcoming you and pray that God will richly bless those who join us and service in this ministry. We pray that God will encourage and strengthen us for the journey ahead.

The parish of St Columba consists of Collingtree Village, Collingtree Park and, in a year or so, a new housing development of 800 homes. This will provide us with a fresh opportunity to share the gospel. 

If you wish to know more or would like to be involved please call James on 01604 555020.


Rev James Howson is Associate Minister at St Giles
with special responsibility for the church of St Columba.

(left to right: Rev Steve Kelly, Venerable Richard Ormston, Rev James Howson)

First published on: 20th June 2016