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What we believe
We are members of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC).
We hold to the FIEC Basis of Faith and are committed to these truths of historic, biblical Christianity.
There is one God, who exists eternally in three distinct but equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is unchangeable in his holiness, justice, wisdom and love. He is the almighty Creator; Saviour and Judge who sustains and governs all things according to his sovereign will for his own glory.
God has revealed himself in the Bible, which consists of the Old and New Testaments alone. Every word was inspired by God through human authors, so that the Bible as originally given is in its entirety the Word of God, without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine. The Bible alone speaks with final authority and is always sufficient for all matters of belief and practice.
THE HUMAN RACE
All men and women, being created in the image of God, have inherent and equal dignity and worth. Their greatest purpose is to obey, worship and love God. As a result of the fall of our first parents, every aspect of human nature has been corrupted and all men and women are without spiritual life, guilty sinners and hostile to God. Every person is therefore under the just condemnation of God and needs to be born again, forgiven and reconciled to God in order to know and please him.
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father. He taught with authority and all his words are true. On the cross he died in the place of sinners, bearing God’s punishment for their sin, redeeming them by his blood. He rose from the dead and in his resurrection body ascended into heaven where he is exalted as Lord of all. He intercedes for his people in the presence of the Father.
Salvation is entirely a work of God’s grace and cannot be earned or deserved. It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is offered to all in the gospel. God in his love forgives sinners whom he calls, granting them repentance and faith. All who believe in Christ are justified by faith alone, adopted into the family of God and receive eternal life.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply his work of salvation. He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life and gives a true understanding of the Scriptures. He indwells all believers, brings assurance of salvation and produces increasing likeness to Christ. He builds up the Church and empowers its members for worship, service and mission.
The universal Church is the body of which Christ is the head and to which all who are saved belong. It is made visible in local churches, which are congregations of believers who are committed to each other for the worship of God, the preaching of the Word, the administering of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper; for pastoral care and discipline, and for evangelism. The unity of the body of Christ is expressed within and between churches by mutual love, care and encouragement. True fellowship between churches exists only where they are faithful to the gospel.
BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper have been given to the churches by Christ as visible signs of the gospel. Baptism is a symbol of union with Christ and entry into his Church but does not impart spiritual life. The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of Christ’s sacrifice offered once for all and involves no change in the bread and wine. All its blessings are received by faith.
The Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory. He will raise the dead and judge the world in righteousness. The wicked will be sent to eternal punishment and the righteous will be welcomed into a life of eternal joy in fellowship with God. God will make all things new and will be glorified forever.
What to expect
Walking into a new church can be a bit daunting, especially if you're not used to it.
Even if you go to church regularly, different churches do some things differently so it's good to know what to expect!
Whether you are old or young; have been to church all your life or never before; whether you would say you were a Christian, have no faith at all, or are just searching; you are very welcome to join us on a Sunday morning. We aim to have a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for everyone who comes. As you arrive and take your seat there will be notices showing on the screen so that everyone knows what's going on that week and what's coming up.
We start at 10:30am and central to every service is singing, prayer, bible reading and someone will seek to explain the part of the bible that has been read. A member of the church will always lead the service and you will never be asked to do anything you are not comfortable with. The formal part of the service is normally finished by midday but most people stay around and chat over tea & coffee. If you are visiting, do come and make yourself known to us, we'd love to get to know you.
On Sunday mornings we meet at Clifton Community Centre, Whiston Crescent, SG17 5HJ.
There is ample parking in the large car park within the Community Centre gates.
What do I wear?
There is no dress code, please come in whatever you are comfortable wearing.
What about my children?
If you have children please bring them along with you. We know they fidget and make noises at inappropriate times, but don't worry we're quite used to it. If you feel uncomfortable and want to take them out for a bit we provide a supervised creche for the very little ones (up to age 3). During the service, usually early on, there will be a part for the children. Someone from the church will often sing a song with them and teach them a truth from the bible. At around 11am all the children will be invited to attend various Sunday School classes. These cater for children from 3 up to around age 13 and will include age appropriate teaching and activities. However, if you would prefer they stay in the service with you that's absolutely fine.
In the evening, we meet at the church building at 6:00pm. Like the morning, we seek to worship God by singing, praying, reading the bible and listening to Christ-centred preaching. During this service, we aim to grow in our faith and learn to live more like Jesus.
On the third Sunday of each month we celebrate the Lord's Supper as part of our evening service. We encourage all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and are trusting Him as their Saviour to take part.