We are warm
People are valuable, interesting.
They all have something to add to your life and they all have a fascinating journey to describe - all people. Not all people are good, but all people have good in them. “Warm” doesn’t mean we are naïve. We have a duty to guard and protect. Some have agendas.
We are purposeful
We are tough-minded and purposeful.
We know where we are going and we will not allow people to deflect us and to steer us. Not everyone will fit in with us. This we accept without feeling bad. We won’t try to please everyone.
We are in tune with society
We work at remaining current.
By this, we don’t mean faddish and modish. Fashions are short lived and can be ridiculous. To follow can be mindless. But we don’t want to be dated and stuck – we work at remaining in touch with trends and issues. The media and arts are important. We must remain sophisticated in our approach and thinking. We strive to remain current.
We are inclusive
In style, we seek a middle road.
People who are conservative by nature and the avant-garde should feel at home among us.
We are changing
We’re constantly trying new things, willing to make mistakes, not rigid and stuck in our ways.
We want to do better, so we can be more effective.
We belong to each other
We want to be a church where people feel ‘this is my home’.
This is a place of safety. A place where people rejoice at the variety of styles, personalities, and ages; a place where it is safe to express your individuality, and where you are accepted and feel, “Here I can flourish,” and “Here I am safe”.
We are creative
A place that isn’t boring and repetitive.
I see people arriving on a Sunday with a sense of anticipation – “I wonder how it’s going the be today?” Here people are creative.
We are helpful
We see a church that provides guidance on the issues that trouble people.
People will come in and go home helped and directed, having received hope and fresh courage. Here I am helped.
We are united
We see young and old enjoying church together – also rich and poor.
As they walk into the building the demographic cross section is striking. I see people drawing energy and comfort from each other. Just being together helps and strengthens. We see individuals melting together to form a mystical unity, so that the sermon and the programme aren’t the only things that people come for. They come for the gathering, true unity.
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