- all about following Jesus. We are a community of imperfect people who have experienced the love and forgiveness of a wonderful God. We are a local expression of God’s eternal and universal church, called to be God’s people who love, worship, glorify, and serve our living King, Jesus Christ;
- part of the Assembly of Confessing Congregations of the Uniting Church, joining with other Uniting Church congregations in contending for the Biblical faith: Confessing the Lord Jesus Christ, Proclaiming the Truth and Renewing the Church; and
- “evangelical” Christians, which means that Jesus shapes the heart of our worship, the Bible shapes the heart of our life, and the Gospel (the Good News about Jesus) shapes our heart for a broken world.
Our Statement of Faith & Core Values
A Message from Rev Ian Weeks
God is ok, and Jesus is pretty cool, but Christians and the Church? …..…..
I’m sure you have either felt this way about the Church and people who claim to be Christians, or know someone who has had this reaction. In fact, this is a very common obstacle to the Gospel for many people who are not Christians. They may have nothing against God or Jesus, but find Christians or the Church really hard to deal with. And to be honest, sometimes we Christians are our own worst enemy when it comes to sharing the Gospel – at times our actions or attitudes don’t always match our words; or our words don’t always reflect the gracious nature of God
But before we throw our hands up in despair and give up, let’s be reminded that an authentic, real and honest Christian Church will never be perfect. The Church is made up of fallible, sinful, imperfect people like you and me. If we are going to be real with God, with ourselves and with one another, then the reality of our brokenness will always be evident. But wait there’s more ….
The other reality of course is the grace of God! I am always amazed at the fact that even though God knows me through and through, and I cannot hide anything from God’s penetrating and holy gaze, God still loves and beckons me to come in repentance and faith. I love the saying:
God welcomes me as I am, but loves me too much to leave me that way!
What grace, what love, what hope!
Our brokenness is no excuse for our imperfect witness in words and actions, but it does remind us that we need God’s grace. God has not finished with us yet, we are a work in progress. In the meantime we are urged to deal graciously and kindly with one another; being light and salt in the world (Matt 5) and speaking the truth in love (Eph 4).
I think what the world wants to see are very real broken people living out an authentic faith in humility and love as we are transformed by the grace and mercy of God. That’s my prayer for myself and for my Church. I hope it will be your prayer as well.