What kind of a church are we?
At St Peter’s we attempt to reflect in all those things that we value the nature of the God that we believe in. We aim to be welcoming, inclusive and accessible to all people. To be a place where people can find friendship and feel at home. But most of all a place where people can find God, and experience that transformation in themselves that comes from knowing the God who is awesome beyond any thing we can imagine, and yet whose love and support is as close as the air we breathe. To be the Christian heart of the community, we need to be a church that is based firmly on the following values:
A church that welcomes
“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me” Matthew 18: 5
God has poured out his loving grace upon us and welcomes us. We aim to offer that same love, friendship and welcome irrespective of age, circumstance or stage on the journey of faith.
A church that worships
“The true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth” John 4: 23
We enjoy a wonderful diversity of worship enriched by the highest quality of music – that is a priority with us. It is our aim that worship should be joyful and Spirit filled, welcoming and inclusive. Our worship flows out of our corporate and individual prayer life and from our deepening relationship with Jesus.
A transformational church
“All of us are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another” 2 Corinthians 3: 18
Change is not without its costs and challenges, especially in church life. However there are two important questions we can ask ourselves. If we were to live for 20, 30, 50 more years, what sort of people would we like to become? Or if Jesus does not return for five thousand or five million years, what sort of world would we want to build? Both questions are about transformation, being changed by God, so we can be agents of change in his world.
A church that’s generous
“There were no needy persons among them. They shared all that they had.” Acts 4: 32–35
God has poured out his loving grace upon us. Jesus’ life was one of generous sacrificial love – the early church demonstrated the same generosity. We aim to show that love and grace to all people, through the organisations we support and the activities we organise.
A church that teaches and nurtures
“It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom. So that we might present everyone mature in Christ.” Colossians 1: 28
As we grow in the knowledge of God, so we grow as disciples. We want to see every church member growing in their knowledge of God, through Sunday worship, small groups and other activities.
A church that witnesses
“God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3: 16
We have heard and believed the good news of all that God has done in Christ, and want to share it. Our aim is that we should all of us do this, in word and deed.
A church that celebrates and rests
“And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested.” Genesis 2: 2
We acknowledge the importance of life balance and overall well-being. Of rest as well as work. Of taking the time to celebrate and give thanks. In this we are following the great Old Testament themes of Sabbath, jubilee and shalom.