WHAT WE BELIEVE


VALUES


All Saints is an evangelical Anglican Church. Our congregations are made up of different ages and backgrounds and everyone receives a warm welcome. You will find both traditional and contemporary worship in our services because we love the rich heritage of the church whilst we also seek to be relevant to our ever changing culture. The values below are ones that we hold central in our life together, They will give you an idea of what makes us tick and why we worship with our whole heart Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


HEARING GOD’S WORD

The reason we know anything more than generalities about God is because he has spoken to us and revealed his nature and purposes to us in Jesus. The Bible is the witness to this revelation and for that reason we are committed at All Saints to teach the Bible in church, home groups and in our families. God breathes his life into us, giving us a personal relationship with himself, as we hear him speak.


SHARING THE GOSPEL

The gospel is our passion. It is clear from the suffering and conflict we daily witness that something is not right with our world; but the Good News is that God has acted in history to put all things right in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. There is hope for our world and forgiveness and life for those who trust in all that God has accomplished through Jesus death on the cross.


LIVING BY THE SPIRIT

In Jesus we discover true humanity. This is how we are supposed to live and the Holy Spirit does the seemingly impossible in our lives by changing us to be like him. He also brings us together in the family of God, the church. We encourage and support each other, and together take part in God’s mission to redeem us and our communities for his glory and our good.


WORSHIPPING GOD

Worshipping God is our duty and most definitely our joy. It lies at the heart of our personal relationship with our Heavenly Father who made us and has drawn us back to himself. We are loved by him, through the Son and by the Holy Spirit. We  celebrate and thank him for this in our church family life, through music, song, art, silence, prayer, in fact, as the Psalmist says with all that is within us.



VISION


Our values inform our vision for All Saints and can be summed up in our mission statement:

In response to God’s love,
And in obedience to God’s word,
And in the power of the Holy Spirit,
WE COMMIT TO FOLLOWING JESUS
By sharing the good news of Jesus,
By growing to be more like Jesus,
And by serving people for Jesus.

GROWING // SHARING // SERVING



THE GOOD NEWS


Jesus came to proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God. This remains the heart of All Saints life. In the busyness and daily concerns of our own lives its easy to miss out on this life-changing news. Some of us are put off by the different ways in which the church hits the headlines or see Christianity as a crutch we no longer need. But it only takes a cursory look around this world of ours to realise that we’re still in a mess despite the impressive and helpful advances of modern science. The good news is that Jesus has provided the definitive answer to a broken world and the brokenness within each one of us. Read on to see the underlying narrative of the Christian faith.



1. A GOOD WORLD

God created the universe and it was good! Humanity, was created with a dignity and purpose within creation and to enjoy an intimate relationship with God. There was harmony and peace between humanity and God, between humanity and creation, and in all human relationships.


2. A BROKEN WORLD

Humanity, the lynchpin of creation, has turned away from God thus fracturing the cosmos and our own nature. Natural disasters, pain, oppression, tragedy, human evil and death are now an ever-present reality. We yearn for a world without suffering because we were made for such a world.



3. A RESCUED WORLD

In the birth, life, death and bodily resurrection of Jesus from the dead God has changed everything, forever. In his love, he has come to rescue us. On the cross God, in Jesus, took on our brokenness that we might become whole. He opened the way to a restored relationship and life with him and a renewed creation.


4. A RESTORED WORLD

The resurrection of Jesus is proof he has conquered death. He emerged from the tomb as the firstborn of God’s new creation. What God did in Jesus that Easter morning he will do in all his people when Jesus returns to establish final justice and restore the heavens and the earth.


5. THE CHURCH

God has started his new creation work in all who follow Jesus as their King, in whom there is forgiveness and hope. The Holy Spirit gives us new birth into the family of our heavenly Father, and as we meet together we are nourished in our faith by God’s word, the Bible, and Holy Communion.