History of the Church
Springwater started through an itinerant preacher who gathered people together on Peppard Common. It was founded in 1795 under the name of Providence Chapel which later became Peppard Congregational Church. Initially, the church community worked to provide education and live out the reality of God’s love for the children of the district who could not access conventional schooling.
The church has roots in the dissenting tradition. In 1662, a law came into force that demanded ministers and congregations conformed to the Common Prayer book.
2000 ministers refused to do this, and many suffered financial and physical deprivations because they were true to conscience. These ministers and their congregations were committed to believers gathering freely together in faith to follow Jesus Christ and to walk in his way. They believed that each person could have a direct relationship with Jesus Christ, and they were all members of a royal, holy priesthood.
This church community has stood for over 220 years as a witness to the free expression of the good news of Jesus Christ.
Several years ago Peppard Congregational Church was renamed “SPRINGWATER,” reflecting the old spring and well that bubbles behind the church in Spring Wood and that has the inscription: ‘Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst.’ John 4 v 13-14. It also serves as a reminder that:-
Whoever believes in Jesus, as the Bible has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them. – John 7:38
And that the Lamb, who is at the centre of the throne, will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” – Revelation 7:17