Who are the Plymouth Brethren?

The Plymouth Brethren Christian Church was established in the early nineteenth century in Plymouth, southern England. We are a community of over 50,000 members across Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the Americas (including the Caribbean) and the UK.

We are deeply family-oriented and live, work and pray as ‘Brethren’ – a community of families held together by our common Christian belief.

Brethren believe that the Holy Bible is the true Word of God and that we are each called upon to live a life in accordance with its instructions. Plymouth Brethren members attend regular church services each Sunday to celebrate the Lord’s Supper and preach the Gospel.

There is a strong and generous charitable spirit among Brethren, with many willingly devoting their time contributing to philanthropic efforts to relieve the load on humanity.

A young Plymouth Brethren family with baby

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Romans 10 V 13

Our Values

Family Life

For the Plymouth Brethren, family is central to our beliefs and way of life. We enjoy time together just like other families around the world.

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A large group of Plymouth Brethren church members


We regard mutual Christian fellowship as an integral part of our way of life. Our fellowship with one another is based on a committal to the practice of the truth.

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Preaching the gospel

We actively preach the Word of God, or as we call it ‘street preach’ to the broader community to enlighten them as to eternal salvation which is available to every man, woman and child.

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For whosoever shall call on the name of the lord shall be saved

Romans 10 V 13
Young man preaching the Bible to the public in France


We live and work with people from all walks of life, beliefs and cultures. We place great importance upon actively practicing Christianity within our communities and for us this occurs in many ways:

  • Service to our family
  • Service to our church
  • Service to both our local and global community.
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