Our Story

How TLC got started...

Thriving Life Church is a non-denominational community which first began meeting back in 2005, as a group of 5 people in Gareth & Melissa Mills' house.  We began to dream about what a different kind of church could be like - a church for the unchurched, a church for those who had given up on church, a church based on the community we read about in Acts 2.

In January 2006, we held our first service in Strangford Arms Hotel where we continued to meet for a year and half. We then moved to a Scout Hall  in Newtownards for another year and a half before securing our own premises on Movilla Road in the town.  

It was here that more and more people began to discover life in all its fullness and purpose through Jesus and we soon realised we needed bigger premises. 

Building for life

In July 2016, we moved into new premises on the Crawfordsburn Road which has been a great resource for existing and new ministries. We love that we are a resource to our town  through venue hire and coffee house.

God has continued to do his transforming work bringing more people to himself and allowing us the privilege of serving hundreds of people in our town through our compassion ministries such as CAP, Foodbank and Serve. 

The church I see

We know that God isn't done with TLC yet. While there are still people to reach in Ards and beyond, we will continue to try! We don't know what exactly the future holds, but we know the vision that God has given to us. 

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