The Christian faith is all about relationships: our relationship with God, with each other and with the world in which we live. Christians believe that God was revealed in the person of his Son, Jesus Christ, and through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection we are invited into a relationship with God. We believe that God created the whole universe and through the choosing of the Jewish people sought to fulfil his purposes for the whole of creation. This is the story that unfolds through the pages of the Old Testament, the first part of the Bible. These are scriptures which we have in common with those of the Jewish faith, and which Jesus taught that he had come to fulfil.
In his time on earth, Jesus called disciples to follow him. This dynamic relationship invited them to learn from him and learn to become like him. Jesus commissioned those and subsequent disciples to share this good news so that others might discover God’s love for themselves and choose to follow Jesus Christ, in turn becoming his disciples.
Through the pages of the New Testament, the second part of the Bible, we learn not just of Jesus’ life but also of the beginnings of the Church. The stories and letters of the New Testament give us an insight into how people began to live their lives together in the light of all that Jesus had done and following the sending of the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Over the first few centuries of the Christian church, drawing on the scriptures, two statements of faith (creeds) were developed - namely the Nicene Creed and the Apostle’s Creed - that have remained significant for how Christians understand their faith. These statements of faith, along with the scriptures, are regularly used in our acts of worship.
We stand in this tradition, seeking to learn to love God, love each other and the world God has given us. Our acts of worship as well as our community engagement are all part of our understanding of living out our following of Jesus today, as we seek to share and be good news to our town and borough.
If you would like to explore things further please don’t hesitate to join us for any of our worship services or contact us for an informal conversation.