About City Life Church

The vision of City Life Church is simply to love God, love one another and love the world. We are a friendly and vibrant church, passionate about hearing and responding to Jesus in order to make his love known. We provide a place of belonging and growth in order that we might be equipped to support our communities, initiate projects, and be all we can be for Him. We are actively involved in the local community, the city and internationally, working in partnership wherever possible for the benefit of all, especially the vulnerable and disadvantaged.

On a Sunday

We have two celebrations every Sunday at 286, Burgess Road, SO16 3BE. You are welcome to join us for our 'Shine Celebration' 10am - 12pm: building family together through all-age fun activities, worship, teaching and prayer. Or come along to our 'Evening Celebration' 6.30 - 8.30pm: building community together through worship, teaching and prayer. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks are served at the start of both celebrations. There is free parking locally.

More about our celebrations

During the week

City Life has many Connect groups across the city meeting in homes weekly or fortnightly at which you will receive a warm welcome. We also have community outreach groups in specific places providing an opportunity to build friendships and explore faith in God together. These include Open Door at 286 and our Kids & Families outreach.

Get involved

The Leadership

Bev Webb Bev is wife to Clive, mum to Charlie and devoted new Nanna to Knox. She is passionate to see City Life increasingly become the multigenerational, multicultural, and supernatural church of her dreams! She loves to see God healing broken hearts and restoring lives and is very involved in facilitating transformational 'Healing Prayer,' with those inside and outside the church. She is also a lover of all things creative!
Paul Woodman Paul is married to Susannah and they have two grown up children. They provide a foster home and live near Oasis Academy Mayfield in Sholing. Paul serves as chaplain to the Rose Road Association and the Oasis Academies in Southampton. In Southampton, he oversees our work with foster carers, refugees and the homeless. He has co-founded the Southampton Street Support Action Group focussed on tackling rough sleeping. He is a long-suffering Southampton Football Club season ticket holder. Follow pauldwoodman on twitter and instagram.

Key Contacts

Dan Pooley Resource Leader Dan loves seeing the church active and engaged with society; building positive, supportive community that is inclusive and transformational; restoring hope, dignity and purpose to people; bringing lasting change through collaborative, creative solutions; and seeing healing and the miraculous power of God’s love at work. Dan has a heart for India and regularly takes a team there working with several projects and churches in a variety of locations. He's also a big fan of coffee and enjoy food, a good wine and a single malt. Dan lives locally with his wife, Mel, and their two children, Bethea and Joha.
Nicky Porter Pastoral Leader Nicky came to Southampton on a gap year in 1992 and loved the people and values of City Life Church so much, she’s been here ever since! She’s a foodie and likes to combine her love of people and food wherever possible. She’s passionate about seeing people recover their God given identity and find a place of belonging in God’s family. She loves relaxing in the sun, or watching an action film.
Debbie White Pastoral & Family Worker Debbie is married to Matt and they have two daughters, Maia and Summer. She is part of the Pastoral Team and is a natural people person who loves being out in the community and building relationships. Her experience in supported housing and raising her own young kids means she understands the challenges and joys of family life. Debbie oversees the Living Room community cafe at 286.

Trustees

Dave Barclay (Chair of Trustees) Dave is our Chair of Trustees and is married to Abi and they have seven children. Dave heads up Alder Trust which works with disadvantaged families and children and is a non clinical Partner at a large GP partnership in Southampton.
Paul Woodman Paul is married to Susannah and they have two grown up children. They provide a foster home and live near Oasis Academy Mayfield in Sholing. Paul serves as chaplain to the Rose Road Association and the Oasis Academies in Southampton. In Southampton, he oversees our work with foster carers, refugees and the homeless. He has co-founded the Southampton Street Support Action Group focussed on tackling rough sleeping. He is a long-suffering Southampton Football Club season ticket holder. Follow pauldwoodman on twitter and instagram.
Bev Webb Bev is wife to Clive, mum to Charlie and devoted new Nanna to Knox. She is passionate to see City Life increasingly become the multigenerational, multicultural, and supernatural church of her dreams! She loves to see God healing broken hearts and restoring lives and is very involved in facilitating transformational 'Healing Prayer,' with those inside and outside the church. She is also a lover of all things creative!
Rossie Rowland Rossie is married to Jez and they have three children, Lizzie, Joe and Abi. She is an adult physician with a postgraduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and a research interest in tuberculosis vaccine development. Rossie is the trustee responsible for church safeguarding.
Martin Stephens Martin, and his wife Marjie, have been part of the CityLife community for over fifteen years. Martin is a semi retired pharmacist and has children and grandchildren who are also part of the church.
Rebecca Maclean Becky is married to Josh and they have two young children. Becky enjoys having the opportunity to use the skills and experience she’s gained in business to serve as a trustee for City Life and its charities.
Megan Pitt “Megan is married to Sam and they have two children, Jacob and Nina. She has a passion for people. She teaches Healthy Relationships to young people encouraging their self esteem and loves to serve the community through her creativity, baking and hospitality.”
Phil Bishop Phil was born and bred in Essex but in 2006 made Southampton his home where he met his wife Emily. They have two amazing children together; Barnaby and Jessica. Phil works as an Oceanographer and Commercial Manager, often working away on wind farms and boats. He says he likes to think he does it because of a passion for the environment, but the free food certainly helps!
Safeguarding

As a church, we connect and partner with several other local churches and projects. Some of these are independent charities but partnering together as Pioneer family enables us to share resources and serve our local communities more effectively. We are privileged to have a great team who serve our children, young people and vulnerable adults. Our Safeguarding policies and procedures are aimed to give confidence to everyone working in these areas. They set out guidelines that ensure the best possible standards of safety and protection for all. We are grateful to Churches Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS), Winchester Diocese, and agencies such as, StopItNow, Lucy Faithful Foundation, SafeNetwork, the NSPCC and New Community, especially Elaine Davidson. Their help has been invaluable. If you have any concerns about Safeguarding at City Life Church, please contact Dave Barclay.

Download Safeguarding Policy
Annual Reports
Legal City Life Church is a charitable company (Charity Number: 1100602; Company Number 4913171). Charity Commission