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Belief

We are proud to be Anglicans, worshiping in the liberal Catholic tradition with a progressive social approach.

  1. We are part of the Church of England (Anglican or Episcopal Church) and in the Diocese of London.
  2. We quite deliberately set out to be welcoming to all people, regardless of gender, sexuality, age, race, physical ability or mental health.  Both churches are part of the Inclusive Church network, WATCH and Changing Attitude. God’s love is for us all.
  3. If you are a young Christian and struggling with holding faith in the face of what seems to be opposition both from the Church and the LGBTi community then can we suggest you look for Diverse Church – a gathering of young Christians who are working out their faith and sexuality. The group has a Twitter account, regular group meetings for those who feel ready to meet and confidential support and encouragement for all.

Our faith is good news, for us and for the world.

Being a Christian means that we live our lives in relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We seek to deepen our relationship with God in Jesus and to follow the way that Jesus taught in our own lives.

For Christians Jesus is the One in whom we see God face to face and through His teachings and by seeking to follow His example we grow closer to God.

Central to our relationship is knowing we can trust God. Saint Paul says at the end of the eighth chapter of his letter to the Church in Rome, ‘If God is for us, who can be against us?’ And this is the heart of faith.

How do we know that ‘God is for us’? Because Jesus Christ, the one human being who is completely in tune with God – with what God wants and what God is doing – shows us that nothing can separate us from the love of God.

Jesus proclaimed this truth, and remained true to it even though it led to the rejection of His message and to His own betrayal by one of those who were closest to Him. Still remaining true to the message of God’s acceptance Jesus was executed in a humiliating and agonising way, and laid down His life for His friends.

That death did not succeed in silencing Jesus nor did it cancel out the commitment of God to us. Instead God restored Jesus to life and in so doing proclaimed that not even the worst we can do can destroy God’s commitment to us. The resurrection of Jesus is the ultimate demonstration of God’s commitment and shows us that what we have seen in Jesus’ words and actions is God’s will for the world.

Nothing – says St Paul in the same passage – can separate us from this love. But this isn’t an excuse for doing what we like, knowing we can get away with it. Once we know that God is ‘for us’, we open up to the gift that God wants to give us – which is a share in God’s own love and freedom and mercy.

‘The glory of God is a person who is fully alive’ was declared by an early Christian leader called Irenaeus

We breathe with God’s breath – that’s part of what it means to say that we receive God’s ‘Spirit’. The Spirit enables us to live like Jesus and ‘in tune’ with God. If we have really taken the message in, we shall live lives of selfless generosity, always asking how the gifts given us – material or imaginative or spiritual or whatever – can be shared in a way that brings other people more fully alive. And we shall be able to trust the generosity of others and be free to receive what they have to give us.

Generosity, gratitude, confidence that when we fail we are still loved – all of this focused on Jesus’ life and death and resurrection. That’s where we start in the lifelong job of being a Christian.

If this vision of life attracts you and you would like to know more then please do not hesitate to be in touch. We are all welcome.