Vision

Vision – Know God, Show His Love and Spread His Word

Our Vision is a three-fold desire to nurture our relationship with God, to support each other and to serve in mission to the world as Jesus’ followers. Each of us has a unique calling and gifts. Our Benefice logo has three acorns, each one representing one of the three churches. It symbolises the hope of a seed sown with promise and potential. Small is beautiful and God can multiply our offerings as we go out into each village community and beyond.

Church is about people. We welcome everyone and we hope you will feel welcome at our services and other gatherings and activities. Through belonging, participating and gathering together, we can grow and flourish as a body of believers.

The Great Commission

In Christianity, the Great Commission is the instruction of the Risen Jesus Christ to his disciples to spread his teachings to all the nations of the world, Matthew 28:16-20.

‘Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “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.” ‘

Worship

Christian worship involves praising God in music, word, readings from scripture, prayers of various sorts, a sermon, and various holy ceremonies (often called sacraments) including the Holy Communion and celebrating special times and seasons of the Church year.

Worship is a way of encountering God and expressing our love, thankfulness and commitment to Him; bringing our joys and challenges; acknowledging our difficulties; affirming our shared Christian faith, beliefs and values and coming together as family of faithful believers.

Worshipping regularly together is the focus of our church life, but we can also do this in different ways in small groups and as we live our lives. Worship can be rich, diverse, creative and is simply a way of coming close to God with reverence and awe.

Prayer

Listening to and talking with God. We can do this with others or on our own.

Prayer can be words, thoughts, feelings and can be expressed in all sorts of ways, through creativity, movement, posture, nature, art, play, silence, activity, stillness and more.

We can listen and talk to God anytime, anywhere. There may be certain prayers to say together in church or prayer that comes spontaneously. Anyone can pray and at any age.

We may have varied ways of expressing our spirituality but we share the same Christian Faith.

Learning

Christians believe that the Bible is the holy Word of God … a library of books where we can learn more about Him, his character, his story and most importantly, the person of Jesus both human and divine – his birth, death and resurrection and how God sent his Son to save us. We learn of Jesus’ life, teachings and the example he gave us. We believe that the Bible comes alive in a special way through God’s Holy Spirit and we learn how we should live and serve God and others as Jesus’ followers. We believe in the Trinity – God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Studying God’s word and living it out in our lives is central to our Christian faith. We can do this together in our services, in small groups and in our own time as individuals.

Teaching

We are called to live by Jesus’ example. We have opportunities for learning and growing together and for spreading the Good News. We have a close relationship with all three schools and the Benefice has two active ‘Open the Book’ groups for acting out bible stories.

Serving

We believe God calls us to serve in His world. We go out to love and care for others and follow Jesus’ example and teaching. We seek to reach out into our communities and beyond; with an active concern for our neighbours, near and far.

Caring and hospitality

We are called to show God’s love, welcome and care for others and to use our time, gifts and talents to serve to grow God’s Kingdom. Social activity is key to building community and fellowship.

Responding to needs

As followers of Jesus, we pray for the needs of the world and to see how we can help others.

We believe that God has given people the task of looking after His creation. We all have a responsibility to look after his world. It is a sacred task.

‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ John 3: 16