OUR VALUES

Our Lead Academy have been looking at our church values which are:

* Unity * Grace * Hospitality * Humility

 

Unity:

Our Unity serves God’s mission to share his love in our communities

Belonging to God

Belonging to each other

Belonging together

Belonging in our communities

Being stronger together

Being able to challenge each other

Being interdependent

Being able to ‘give way’ if our good ideas are superseded by better ones

Being able to discuss, value and critique each other’s contributions so that we move forward

Enjoying each other’s company

When one person is honoured, we all celebrate

When one person suffers, we all suffer

When making a decision, if we all agree, we have a common mind

When making a decision, if we disagree, we try to disagree well and continue working well together

We appreciate what each of us brings and find ourselves richer, wiser, more creative and having more fun when we are together

Our unity is rooted in our dynamic God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Hospitality:

How do we define Hospitality?

Reaching out to others and welcoming them.

Encouraging acceptance of all.

Sharing what we have – one young boy offering his 5 loaves and 2 fish to Jesus to feed the 5,000.

The Good Samaritan responding to the needs of the injured man by caring for him.

God uses young and old alike and each person’s gifts.

Welcoming – and making space for all at the table – in our homes – in our lives – at Holy Communion.

Learning from others and welcoming what they offer.

Being open to others’ experiences, especially when different to our own.

Building others up by being supportive and encouraging.

Offering the hospitality of listening.

Being open to receiving hospitality ourselves.

Receiving the hospitality of God.

The invitation is for everyone - there is room for all, so will you join us in demonstrating hospitality, by showing God’s love in action in our communities?

Humility:

What do we mean by Humility?

Humility is the quality of being humble.

Having a right sense of who we are.

Before God.

Before others.

We show humility when we

Choose to trust and rely on God’s grace

Choose to live simply, respectfully, sacrificially

Choose not to think too highly of ourselves

Choose to listen to others

Choose to put others first

Choose to forgive because we have been forgiven much

Choose to serve the needs of others

Choose to give God the credit.

As we show humility, we honour God and make his love known.

Look out for more on Humility in the months to come.

Grace:

What’s grace? 

A son demanded his inheritance from his father and travelled far from home. He wasted his money having a wild time and was soon penniless and hungry. When he was at rock bottom he came to his senses and set off for home. While he was still a long way off, his father who had been looking out for him every day, ran to meet him, hugged and kissed him and threw a party like you’ve never seen before!

That’s grace!

Welcoming and forgiving.  

Liberating.

Love without strings attached.  

Overflowing generosity.  

Unearned and unlimited.  

The love of God,

shown to us in Jesus. 

We love because he loved us first.