St Peter’s and All Saints’ churches are known for their open and inclusive approach to the Christian faith. At the heart of this faith stands the core value of love for God and for our neighbour, which goes hand in hand with a belief that compassion, mercy, forgiveness and justice are essential elements of a healthy human society. Alongside these values lies a belief that Jesus’ death and resurrection revealed God’s love for the world in a new and unique way. However, we recognise that people come to God through a variety of different routes, and that there are many ways of worshipping and serving God. Jesus’ life on earth shows us the way to live, both through his acts and his teachings. When we refer to him as ‘Son of God’ we are saying that we believe him to have been sent to the world by his heavenly Father to reveal God to us in the fullest way possible. Jesus is also the second person of God the Holy Trinity, alongside the Creator or Father, and the Holy Spirit (the Comforter, Counsellor, Guide, the breath of God, the active power of Christ’s love).
The Christian faith is more than just a set of beliefs, however. Christians are called by God to a way of life which reflects Jesus’ teaching that we should put our love of God and of our neighbour at the heart of who we are, and how we treat other people. This means that compassion, forgiveness, peace, reconciliation and a desire for the wellbeing of all people should guide us in the things we say and do. Our churches are currently developing a new initiative for ‘Caring for our Common Home’, which brings together our various concerns for our neighbours at all levels, from the local to the global. It also emphasises the importance of our care for the environment in which we live.
More information about the Christian faith and about being an Anglican may be found on the Church of England website.
A series of online leaflets which explore aspects of the Christian faith may be found at the ‘Gospel Imprint’ website.
‘Inclusive Church‘ is a movement which believes that there should be no differentiation within the Church on the basis of sex, race, age, disability, sexual orientation etc.
‘Ekklesia‘ – provides resources on Christian approaches to social, economic and political issues.
‘Modern Church‘ – promotes theological debate from a liberal perspective.
News from the Anglican Church may be found on the Church Times website.
A lighter approach to Church matters can be found on the Ship of Fools website.