Our Mission

We aim to support people in the joyous times and in the times of crisis, to love and to cherish the people of our town after the example of Jesus. We want to be wise and sensitive, supportive and non judgemental. We will not force our faith on you, encourage you to catch religion or to think the way we do before we support you. We don’t think our faith is the only way to God and we are as interested in hearing what you have to say as we are in declaring what we believe.

We hold to the Bible but believe that it implores us to be open to other ways to God, other lifestyles, other sexualities, other ways of looking at the world and indeed God. We are not looking to get you sitting in the pews before we take an interest in you, but of course we hope you can come and join us. If you do, come as a seeker, a searcher with us, knowing that the church has as much to learn from you as you have from the church.

Finally, bare this in mind. We aim toward all the things I have mentioned, but like all human beings we can sometimes make a hash of things. Come and strive with us, help us to be the community that we believe God wants us to be: one that is generous hearted, humble, uncritical and forgiving: in short help us to learn to love!

We would hate to think that we had lapsed into some sort of fashionable management speak, nevertheless it is still the case that the best way to describe the following is as our mission statement:

We are an Open and Affirming Church, which means that

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you are welcome whatever your beliefs, even if you find organised religion irrelevant;

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you are welcome whatever your lifestyle or sexuality;

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you are welcome wherever you may be on your faith journey: believer or agnostic, conventional Christian or questioning sceptic;

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you are welcome as an equal partner and we look forward to the ideas and experiences that you bring;

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we welcome the variety of ways in which human beings have explored the sacred, and have no wish to promote just one approach to Christianity;

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we think that the way we treat one another is far more important than the beliefs we hold;

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we think it is vital to take seriously the intellectual problems which many people have with Christianity, and encourage ways of understanding religion which feed the mind as well as the soul;

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we think that religion must be concerned with injustice and suffering, and see ourselves as a community helping to build a better world, bringing hope to those Jesus called the least of his sisters and brothers;

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we recognise that our ignorance is always going to exceed our understanding, and find more grace in the search for meaning than in the claim to certainty;

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we recognise that our faith entails costly discipleship and conscientious resistance of evil, as has always been the tradition of the church.



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