Welcome to
Christ the Light

introducing people to Jesus

Christ the Light is a local Christian church meeting in York.

We meet at 10.30am every Sunday in the Clifton Dining Hall at St Peter’s School, Clifton Road, YO30 6AB for worship, teaching, fellowship and children’s ministry.

We have 3 Connect Groups, which meet in homes on midweek evenings for fellowship, study and prayer. And periodically there are fun outings or ministry events for men, women, children or the whole church.

Christ the Light is an autonomous church, relating-partnering with New Covenant Ministries International, a translocal ministry (apostolic) team that exists to plant & strengthen churches in about 60 nations worldwide.

If you would like to know anything more about us, we would love you to join our family one Sunday.

If you would like to get in touch with us for any reason, please email us at ctl.hub@outlook.com


Christ the Light was planted in September 2007 by Charles & Cath Walters, a solicitor and teacher respectively, together with their children, Rachel and Karen. They built it faithfully and well for 13 years. In addition to all the regular meetings and ministries of a local church, Christ the Light became known at various times for: its extensive children’s and youth work in both church and city; Stepping Out, a practical service to the marginalised people of York; its leading role in ecumenical groups and events in the city; and its partnership with local charities. The church has hosted several Alpha courses, offered marriage and parenting training to those in the church and community, conducted outreaches ranging from ‘pop-up’ church on the green to inflatable obstacle courses at the local pool, and been on many weekend camps and local outings. At the start of 2021, Charles & Cath handed over the reins to Nigel & Melita Day-Lewis.


The eldership team that leads the church is currently:

Nigel and Melita Day-Lewis

Nigel & Melita

In their 30 years of ministry as a married couple, Nigel and Melita have planted and led a church in London, led a church in Liverpool, and filled specialist teaching & training roles in two large churches overseas. Nigel is full-time with the church; Melita is a feature writer and editorial assistant for two of the Salvation Army’s weekly magazines, The Salvationist and Kids Alive.

David and Emma Hutchings

David & Emma

Dave and Emma both came to York to study (from Oxford and Chester) and loved it so much they stayed. Dave teaches physics at a secondary school, whilst also writing books and speaking in various forums about science and religion. Emma works part-time in a social care role and volunteers for some local charities too. They have two daughters, aged 7 and 5.


We believe the Bible to be God’s Word to man. Everything else we believe you can find there. (But if you want more, the Apostles’ Creed and Nicene Creed have been accepted by the universal church from its infancy as a summary of what Christians believe.)

We are glad you don’t have to choose between strong biblical theology and an openness to the Spirit of God. We love Word and Spirit. Sound Word. Sane Spirit.

We are also glad you don’t have to choose between appointed biblical leadership and the participation, contribution and ministry of all the priests (people). We do both.

We want to be and do everything Jesus wants his church to be and do. (That’s enough ‘vision’, ‘values’ and ‘mission statement’ to keep us busy until Jesus comes back!)

We believe doing the basics well – worship, fellowship, teaching, prayer, witness – is both pleasing to God and attractive to people; it leads to life and growth. But we have some special events and celebrations along the way as well.

We are are a family who love to live life together. We want to be serious. We want to have fun.

We love the presence of God.


Jesus asks us some questions #1

by Nigel Day-Lewis | Sun 09 Jan

Jesus asks us some questions #2

by Nigel Day-Lewis | Sun 16 Jan