Our Mission and Values
Towards the end of 2014, the PCC and members of the parish worked together to formulate a renewed mission and vision, which was launched in the Parish in February 2015:
We exist to worship, love and serve God; to be a generous church, sharing God’s love with each other and the wider community, committed to prayer, fellowship and mission.
We aim to be a Christ-centred, Spirit-led church, demonstrating the love of Jesus by:
Growing and Nurturing disciples to become a worshipping community of 300 people.
Serving each other and the wider community.
Supporting Mission locally and globally.
Our core biblical values:
We are committed to Prayer
We believe that prayer is an expression of our dependence upon, and our relationship with, God our Father. We are determined to make prayer a priority in everything – individually, in groups and as a church. We know that God works by his Holy Spirit when his people pray. (1 Timothy 2:1-4
We are committed to Biblical teaching
We believe that the Bible is essential for knowing God and for life-changing transformation. The Bible is our standard for faith and conduct in all things and leads us to honour Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. (2 Timothy 3:16-17
We are committed to being God focused
We believe that the basis for God’s relationship and covenant with His people is the biblical truth that He alone is Lord and that our faithfulness to Him involves every part of our being. We seek to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength; placing God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit at the centre of all we are and all we do in His name and for His kingdom. (Matthew 22:36-38
We are committed to Loving people and serving others
We believe that the commandment to love our neighbours as ourselves should be the basis of all our relationships within the church family and our wider community. We seek to ensure that our relationships and service bring honour to God and serve as an identifying mark of our Christian faith and witness. (Matthew 22: 39-40
, 1 John 4: 7
, 1 Peter 4: 10-11
We are committed to Meeting together as members of God’s family
We seek to be a community that meets together regularly for praise and fellowship and where every member is cared for pastorally and spiritually. We want to be recognised as a community of faith where each and every member is valued, inspired and equipped to grow as a Christian and to contribute as a team member in the church’s task. (Hebrews 10: 25)
We are committed to Forgiveness
We believe we are called to teach and reflect the forgiveness of God. We seek to live out our Christian faith by responding to the grace given freely to us by God; being gracious towards others, especially those times when people fail in areas of their life. (Ephesians 4: 32)
We are committed to Spiritual Growth
We believe that in following Jesus, we are called into a life-long process of spiritual growth and discipleship. We seek to create an environment whereby everyone can develop their faith and grow more like Jesus every day; through bible study, fellowship groups, corporate worship and other mid-week activities that are designed to cater for all ages and stages of life. (John 15: 4-5, Ephesians 4: 15-16, Philippians 1: 6, Colossians 2: 6-7)
We are committed to Godly Servant Leadership
Following the example of Jesus - and with training, nurture and modelling - our leaders seek to selflessly nourish and guide those in their care. (John 10: 11, 1 Corinthians 3: 5-7)
We are committed to Stewardship
We believe that the Bible calls us to a grateful and responsible use of God's gifts in the light of God's purpose, as revealed in Jesus Christ. Christian Stewardship involves sharing with God in seeking justice, peace, and the integrity of creation in an interdependent universe. We are committed to sharing the resources we hold and giving them in service; providing for future generations; sharing generously in the life, worship, and responsible stewardship of the Church and of its mission. (2 Corinthians: 8 & 9)
We are committed to Evangelism
We believe the responsibility to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others is central to our calling. Whether locally or globally, by going, giving, or praying, the great commission remains the task of every believer and follower of Jesus. A call to mission will inevitably impact our daily lives as followers of Christ. (1 Peter 3: 15)