If you are familiar with church mission statements you will know that the reality of our life together is more messy, more difficult, and far more rewarding than the Vision statement below might suggest.

It is messy not being solely Anglican, or Pentecostal or whatever (some people’s church is just weird); it is sometimes hard to live a communal life of forgiveness (surely there ought to be a time gap for sulking?) but it is awesome to be part of a group of churches who are committed to a discipleship which will change our lives and – God willing – the lives of those around us.

It might however be disappointing to discover – if you come to visit – that we have the same quotient of ‘elders’ (as in old) as everywhere else; the same number of ‘difficult’people and that ‘awesome’ worship can often be hampered by technology, tantrums or simply tardiness (just needed another T).

However……you won’t be disappointed if you are looking for people whose vision of God extends beyond the personal and the communal to the communities in which we live.

But enough……here’s the proper stuff; the official statement of what we commit to do together as an ecumenical group of churches; our Mission statement:

Ecumenical Vision Statement
The Emmanuel Group of Churches

God’s call to unity contains the promise of wholeness; healing and reconciliation.
It is for individuals, the church and the community.

“The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.
The Lord has sent me to proclaim freedom for prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour”.

(Isaiah 61: verses 1and 2)

We understand the vision of Isaiah 61, affirmed by Jesus at the start of his mission, to be highly significant in working out mission in our neighbourhood and the world.

It is our prayer that we may both be and become:

  • A ‘home’ for the community whether or not they have come to Christian faith.
  • A healing community within which faith, hope, love and truth may be discovered.
  • A family within which forgiveness may be both received and given.
  • A mission centre for those who will be salt and light in neighbourhood, nation and world
  • A church within which
    • the Father-heart of God may be known
    • the love of Jesus may be discovered
    • the power of the Holy Spirit may be experienced as people grow to maturity in Christ.
Our Constitution

 

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