We are all about Jesus.
This is not just talk. We want everything we do to point towards our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ. We want to live like him, we want our lives to be shaped by what he did for us and we want everything we do to give him praise.
As a church, we want to be shaped by God, seeking the growth of His kingdom. We want to follow Jesus’ Great Commission to be disciples of Jesus making more disciples of Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit.
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18b-20).
As a church with a strong focus on Bible-orientated ministry following in the evangelical tradition of John Wycliffe, we strive to reach out to our friends and neighbours with the Gospel of Christ. We want to be a central part of our community, caring for those who need it and inviting others in to our church family. We want our church to be united but diverse, with a range of ages and life experiences, working together as an outward-looking fellowship.
Stylistically we embrace a variety of different ways of doing things, but all we share a spiritual DNA – with Jesus Christ as the centre of what we do and the Bible, God’s Word, as our foundation. Our services are led by members of our ministry team, and we are committed to making our worship as accessible as possible to everyone.
We have tried to sum up our vision of Christ-like living in 8 words.
LIVE Living Like Jesus
Living distinctive lives in the world
“You are like light for the whole world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bowl; instead it is put on the lampstand, where it gives light for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
PRAY Faithful in Prayer
Depending on God for everything
“Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
TELL Gossipping Good News
Sharing our hope in Jesus with everyone we can
“Be ready at all times to answer anyone who asks you to explain the hope you have in you, but do it with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15-16)
HELP Helping the Needy
Showing God’s compassion in our actions
“What God the Father considers to be pure and genuine religion is this: to take care of orphans and widows in their suffering and to keep oneself from being corrupted by the world.” (James 1:27)
LEARN Learning and Growing
Deepening our knowledge and understanding of God’s word
“Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
SHARE Sharing Generously
Holding our resources lightly as stewards of God’s gifts
“You should each give, then, as you have decided, not with regret or out of a sense of duty; for God loves the one who gives gladly. And God is able to give you more than you need, so that you will always have all you need for yourselves and more than enough for every good cause.” (2 Corinthians 9:7-8)
PRAISE Praising God
Whole lives of authentic worship
“Speak to one another with the words of psalms, hymns, and sacred songs; sing hymns and psalms to the Lord with praise in your hearts. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, always give thanks for everything to God the Father.” (Ephesians 5:19-20)
LOVE Committed to Each Other
Being a Christian family
“Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good. Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more, since you see that the Day of the Lord is coming nearer.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)