At Christ Church we believe the Christian message of grace is worth hearing about. It's a message we find in the pages of the Bible which tells the story of a saviour, Jesus, who knows our need and offers us grace. We believe this message of grace is relevant to every one of us and that it applies to every part of our lives. Together, we try to work out what it means to be a community shaped by grace and how this message of grace should transform our friendships, families, workplaces and city.
We are a mix of people from different backgrounds and at different stages of spiritual growth - we'd love to welcome you any Sunday to join us in exploring this message of Jesus' grace.
What we believe+
At Christ Church, the truths we believe are those revealed to us by God in the Bible. You don't need to be a convinced Christian to come along on a Sunday - we love to welcome those exploring the Christian faith and we regularly run courses designed for those wanting to find out more about the Christian faith. Three characteristics describe us:
- We are a Christian Church We believe in one God who has revealed himself supremely through his Son, Jesus Christ. To know God, then, means receiving Jesus as Lord and trusting his death on the cross for our forgiveness. The great work of God the Holy Spirit is to bring people to faith in Jesus Christ.
- We are an Evangelical Church We believe that the Bible is God's authoritative word and the definitive guide for us in all matters of faith and conduct. We believe that as the Holy Spirit applies the Word of God to our hearts, God will transform the lives of individuals and the church community as a whole. We seek to apply the Word of God to every aspect of our lives, both private and public, individual and community, in order to live out and demonstrate the truth of the Gospel.
- We are an Anglican Church We stand in the tradition of the Anglican Reformers of the 16th century and, with them, we hold to the great truths rediscovered at the time of the Reformation: the sovereignty of God in salvation, justification by faith alone and salvation in Christ alone. We do have church members from many different denominational backgrounds and we unite under Christ, not under one particular denominational banner.
The following commonly used doctrinal statement is a useful summary of what we believe:
- The unity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in the Godhead
- The sovereignty of God in creation, revelation, redemption, and final judgement
- The divine inspiration and infallibility of Holy Scripture as originally given and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct
- The universal sinfulness and guilt of human nature since the Fall, rendering people subject to God's wrath and condemnation
- The full deity of the Lord Jesus Christ as the incarnate Son of God; his virgin birth, and his real and sinless humanity; his death on the cross, his bodily resurrection and his present reign in heaven and earth
- Redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin only through the sacrificial death once and for all time of our representative and substitute Jesus Christ, the only mediator between us and God
- Justification as God's act of undeserved mercy in which the sinner is pardoned all their sins and accepted as righteous in God's sight only because of the righteousness of Christ imputed to him, this justification being received by faith alone
- The need for the Holy Spirit to make the work of Christ effective to the individual sinner, granting them repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ
- The indwelling of the Holy Spirit in all those thus regenerated, producing in them an increasing likeness to Christ in character and behaviour, and empowering them for their witness in the world
- The only holy universal Church which is the Body of Christ to which all true believers belong
- The future personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ who will judge all people, executing God's just condemnation on the impenitent and receiving the redeemed to eternal glory
Our vision sets out three ministry ambitions:
Children's and families' minstry
Family life brings many challenges at the different stages of nurturing and discipling children. In dependence on God, our children’s, youth and families’ ministry will include:
- Equipping parents Helping in the task of bringing up their children so that in God’s grace they would grow up to know and trust Christ.
- Training leaders Providing training programmes which equip leaders to disciple young people effectively and to lead children’s ministry elsewhere in the future.
- Reaching out Resourcing other churches and the wider community through sharing materials online and organising training events.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” — 2 PETER 1:3
Having been blessed as a church in recent years by an increasing biblical counselling ministry, we have subsequently invested in resourcing this ministry both locally and nationally. Biblical counselling has been facilitated particularly through the gifts of, and opportunities presented to, our senior minister, Steve Midgley. Our vision for this ministry area includes:
- Applying the riches of Scripture to the realities of life
- Putting an even clearer emphasis on growth in Christlikeness, reflected in our readiness to speak into one another’s lives.
- Demonstrating loving and biblically insightful care of others, particularly those experiencing difficult times.
- Developing our links with Biblical Counselling UK.
- Offering opportunities for church family to be trained in Biblical counselling through workshops and courses (‘Real Change’ and ‘Dynamics of biblical change for leaders’).
- Providing resources and books for those who are struggling and those who are seeking to supporting them.
“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. ” — MATTHEW 26:19-20
As a gospel community built by God, we are called to keep on scattering the seed of the gospel – the good news of Jesus. Prayerfully pursuing church growth initiatives will involve:
- Setting our sights on A new congregation within our church. Creating a new service made up of members from our current congregations.
- Setting our sights on A new church, meeting in another place. We are looking to hire another ordained member of staff, whose role will be to identify members of the church families to start a church plant and to seek out where God is calling the church to plant.
- Accepting the costs for us as a church family, both in terms of relationships and finances, trusting that it will be glorious for God’s kingdom as many others are given the opportunity to hear the good news of Jesus Christ and to grow as disciples of him.
Four Foundations of church life:
Called into the body of Christ
Serving together in love
Growing into the likeness of Christ
Declaring Christ to all people