KXC – King’s Cross Church, London, England
Church Plant Profile
Planter: Peter and Bee Hughes
Location: Kings Cross, London, England
KXC is a church plant in the heart of London that was planted out of St. Mary’s Bryanston Square on February 14, 2010, by Pete and Bee Hughes. The couple “were sent out from St. Mary’s with a small group of leaders and a simple vision: to recklessly give themselves away to God, each other, and the people of King’s Cross and beyond.”1 They are also a part of the HTB (Holy Trinity Brompton) Church-Planting Network, which is a church-planting movement within the Church of England.
KXC began meeting for Sunday gatherings at the Lumen United Reform Church and currently meets in the Ethiopian Church on Pentonville Road. Throughout the week they gather in homes and pubs, and other spaces around the King’s Cross area, and through their outreach, the congregation has grown to become an eclectic mix of several hundred young adults, students, and young families. According to their website,
“We’ve welcomed in new students and graduates arriving in London; we’ve welcomed people that had given up on God and church but have since rediscovered faith and community, and we’ve welcomed people who have no faith in Jesus, but just enjoy coming along. Some of those have since found faith in Jesus, others haven’t, but wherever people have come from, it’s been a privilege to welcome them into the community and to all that God is doing in and through the church.”
KXC has a bold vision to reach their part of the city of London with the message of Jesus through kingdom partnerships.
In many ways, the KXC adventure has been a story of God building his church, as he promised, and being incredibly faithful as we’ve sought to be obedient and keep in step with him. We’ve seen God move in amazing ways: in other churches generously allowing us to rent their buildings at an affordable rate, local businesses giving us rent-free office space, stories of God providing homes for people to move into the area, and financial provision out of nowhere in times of uncertainty. We’ve seen people come to faith, return to faith, and grow in faith. And whilst we celebrate all of the above, we do so in the firm belief, that whilst Christ remains head of this church, the best at KXC is yet to come.3
KXC is a wonderful example of how God uses kingdom collaboration to give birth to new contextualized churches in England. For more information on Pete and Bee Hughes and KXC, visit http://kxc.org.uk.