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What is the church?

The church can be described in many ways, but here are some of our favourites:

  • The body of Christ
  • A worshiping community, committed to service
  • Ordinary people who share an understanding that they are following Jesus
  • People who recognise all that God has done for them, and respond in love
  • A body of people led by the Holy Spirit to proclaim God's work in the world, and to end all that impoverishes others, whether injustice, slavery, oppression or hatred
Is church for me?

Church is for everyone with no exceptions. Some of us feel that we are not worthy of God's love. Perhaps we have done something in the past that makes us feel that we are beyond God's care, or something has happened to us that has caused us to put up the barriers.

God loves us, no matter what. His gracious love knows no boundaries. Jesus welcomes everyone to be a part of his family and to know the reconciliation and peace he brings.

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If you have already been baptised into the church, either as an adult or an infant, then when you join the church you will be asked the following questions. If you have not been baptised, then a baptism will also be a part of the service.

These are the vows used:

You have professed with us your faith in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In your baptism God brought you into the house of faith, and in goodness and mercy has shepherded you to this day. We ask you now to pledge yourself to a life of Christian discipleship:

Do you promise to follow Jesus Christ in your daily life?

With God’s help I will seek to follow Christ, and in listening for God’s Word, in the breaking of bread, and prayer, to grow ever closer to him as the years pass.

Do you promise to be a faithful member of the Christian Community?

With God’s help I will share in the worship and service of the church, and in this I will give generously of what I am and what I have.

Do you promise to take part in God’s mission to the world?

With God’s help I will witness to Christ wherever I find myself and putting my trust and hope in him I will seek justice and peace and the renewing of all according to God’s promise.

The Congregation are then asked to accept the following commitment:

I charge you, the people of this congregation, to love, encourage and support these our brothers and sisters in faith, that they may continue to grow in the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the knowledge and love of God.

With God’s help we will live out our baptism as a loving community in Christ: upholding one another in prayer, and encouraging one another in service.