Welcome! We know that you will likely want to find out about this church and so it is our hope that you will find something useful to help inform you of the ways we are seeking to be faithful -A life of worship, a life of love and a life of service.
However, please know that we are on a journey of faith together and that while we speak much about ‘church’, the reality is that we are about God more - someone has said,
“It is not the church of God that has a mission in the world, it is the God of mission that has a church in the world.”
This is not semantics; the implications of that shift completely disrupt life as we know it as we learn to live beyond ourselves, trusting and reliant on hearing and obeying God’s call as a congregation. We value all we share in as a congregation, yet first and foremost we are a sent people, called to be the church in the world.
The way of Jesus cannot be imposed or mapped — it requires an active participation in following Jesus as he leads us through sometimes strange and unfamiliar territory, in circumstances that become clear only in the hesitations and questionings, in the pauses and reflections where we engage in prayerful conversation with one another and with him. - Eugene Peterson, The Jesus Way
The notion that God is out ahead of us in our communities seems quite alien because we have presumed for too long that God is, so to speak, in the church and our job is to take God out into the world in order to bring people into the church. There is a real place for calling and inviting our neighbours to join with us as a worshiping community. It is in the liturgical space of God’s people in worship that we are formed in practices that are critical if we are to be a sign, witness and foretaste of the new creation. But we discern how to be that kind of church as we recognise and join with what God is already doing out ahead in our neighbourhoods/communities. As we journey with this God, ready to hear the stranger in our community we will hear again the Spirit’s call into new forms of life and witness. So we haven’t got everything mapped out, we are simply trying to map a way in the uncharted territory.
However, this also means we share in an exciting, adventurous life as God’s people - we might say life on The Edge of Expectation.
Feel free to come along and join in.
“Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him.” - Romans 12:1
The word ‘christian’ means different things to different people. To one person it means a stiff, upright, inflexible way of life, colorless and unbending. To another it means a risky, surprised-filled adventure, lived tiptoe at the edge of expectation…If we get our information from the biblical material, there is no doubt that the Christian life is a dancing, leaping, daring life. - Eugene Peterson, Travelling Light