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Our Aims
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Our Church Vision is to 'Share the message of Jesus Christ with Compassion'
Our Church Mission is  'To know Christ and to make Him known'
 
To enable us to grow in our knowledge of Him, and His church to be extended, we need to practise the following:
 
“You are a chosen people …… a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2 v 9)
 
Exaltation of Christ
 
Worship is one of the primary ways of learning ‘to know Christ’. When we meet together the songs and prayers lead us to focus upon Him, and the preaching and reading of His Word build up our knowledge and love of Him. While we come from many different backgrounds we have that common commitment to Him, and worship brings us together and draws us nearer to God and knowing the reality of His presence with us.
 
He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy.’ (Colossians 1 v 18)
 
Evangelism
 
As a fellowship we are committed to following the Lord’s command ‘to preach the gospel’. We need therefore to encourage everyone to establish relationships with unchurched people so that we may communicate our faith in a natural way. Our aim is to let people see the need of God in their own lives, to encourage them to attend services, outreach events etc and by seeing the way we live our lives, to come to know Christ for themselves.
 
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 28 v 19-20)
 
Establishment
 
We believe it is important that our faith needs to be established and deepened. As a fellowship we are committed to good Bible teaching both in the chapel where we meet for perhaps more formal teaching and in house groups where we aim to be relevant to all generations in our approach and learn by discussion.
 
“As you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in faith as you were taught.” 
(Colossians 2 v 6-7)
 
Equipping
 
The Bible teaches us that the Holy Spirit gives gifts to all believers. Based on this belief we seek to help fellow believers recognise their particular gifts and to develop them and use them in the Lord’s service both within the fellowship and elsewhere.
 
“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of services, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.” 
 (1 Corinthians 12 v 4-6)
 
Encouragement
 
We are a diverse fellowship in age, abilities, background and tastes but we have that common bond in that we, as believers, are God’s children. No matter who we are, all need to give and receive encouragement. The work of the fellowship will be more effective when we are encouraging or being encouraged. We need to spend time building one another up so that God’s people can grow and His kingdom be extended.
 
“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together ….. but let us encourage one another.” (Hebrews 10 v 24-25)
 
 
Equality
 
While we are all equal in the sight of God, the Scriptures show us that we do not necessarily have the same roles to fulfil. We aim through love, unity, teaching and encouragement to reflect those differences appropriately so that God may be honoured in all things.
 
“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body.” 
(1 Corinthians 12 v 12)
 
Endorsement
 
We endorse Christian marriage, in that it is a picture of the union of Christ with His Church and that it should be a lifelong commitment of one man to one woman. Any children of the marriage should be brought up by and be taught Christian principles.
 
“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh …… I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you must love his wife as he loves himself and the wife also must respect her husband.” 
(Ephesians 5 v 31-33)
 
“Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22 v 6)