Our Beliefs

We are a united church, formed by the joining together of the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church. We gladly work with all mainstream denominations and people of good will.

We believe in one God - the Creator, the Christ and the Holy Spirit. God is constantly creating whilst sustaining and guiding us.

We believe that the meaning and purpose of life is discovered through our relationship with God.

We believe that each person is unique and precious to God. We are all invited to join the family that is the church, bringing our individual gifts.

We believe that each person is on a spiritual journey and that each of us is at a different stage of that journey.

We believe that the persistent search for God produces an authentic relationship with God, engendering love, strengthening faith, dissolving guilt, and giving life purpose and direction.

We believe that God calls us to be servants in the service of others and to be good stewards of the earth's resources. "To believe is to care; to care is to do."

We believe in the power of peace, and work for nonviolent solutions to local, national, and international problems.

We believe in the centrality of the Bible, exploring who wrote each part; when they wrote it; why they wrote it; to whom they wrote it; and for what purpose and as we explore scripture together the Word of God comes to us. We believe that all scripture must be interpreted under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, always considering the overall gospel message when exploring individual verses.

We rejoice in all that God reveals to us through scripture, the work of the Holy Spirit, in our church life, in our ordinary lives, in special moments and experiences, in the traditions of the church, in the experiences of many people, in our rational reflecting and praying. We look for all that God is revealing through the work of scientists, archaeologists, historians, literary analysts, and many others.

We believe that a life consciously lived with God in Christ is the path to a wonderful relationship with God which will never end.

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