WHAT WE BELIEVE
Our mission statement reads:
We seek to be a generous church for the whole community, committed to growing together in love for our Saviour Jesus Christ and sharing His love with others.
In other words we're all about Jesus, Jesus, Jesus... We have Jesus on our lips, and we hold Jesus in our hearts. Our longing is that all of our church activities provide you with the opportunity to engage with Jesus, and see how He is God come to Earth, and how He is the only one who can truly heal our hurting world; our aching hearts; and give us a meaning and purpose that lives on even after death. The video below, if you're new to the Christian faith, is a great little introduction into seeing how Jesus Christ is central to the Christian faith:
It's worth saying that if, either through watching the above, or as a result of your own journey and exploration of faith, you've come to the point of wanting to put your trust in Christ, then that is great! What next? It's simple - all you have to do is speak to Jesus. It's what we call prayer. It might seem odd, but He's living, He rose from the dead, and He reigns. Tell Him: "Jesus I'm sorry for ignoring you, I'm sorry for all the mess and sin and selfishness in my life, I thank you so much that you love me enough to forgive me, and show me that eternal love by dying and bleeding for me, and I now just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you - with all of my heart and with all of my soul - from now on I want to live for you... from now on you will be my guide, my King, my Saviour, my Lord, and my best friend - Jesus thank you... Amen."
"Transforming Church, Transforming Lives"
This is our diocesan strap line, and it's worth saying that we wholeheartedly support it. We believe that God calls us not merely as individuals or lone rangers, instead He calls us to be a part of something much bigger and better than we are on our own. He calls us into His community, the Church, of which Jesus is the head. We therefore believe that it's when we immerse ourselves in the life of His global Church through getting involved in our local churches that we allow ourselves to be truly transformed into the people God wants us to be. More can be found about Transforming Church, Transforming Lives through looking at Guildford Diocese's website here. The twelve goals are listed below, which we as a local church are trying to live out as best we can:
1. Making disciples
2. Increasing believers
3. Growing youth and children's ministry
4. Developing lay leaders
5. Recruiting more clergy
6. Cultivating community partnerships
7. Reaching beyond borders
8. Nurturing education
9. Encouraging generous giving
10. Sharing expertise
11. Communicating effectively
12. Improving church buildings