We are so much more than a building—we are a family of people who are following Jesus and helping others to know the ‘Life in Fullness’ that He offers to us. That life is not something in the future. It starts the moment we say ‘yes’ to Jesus’ call to follow Him. It is a life of hope in difficulty, light in darkness, joy in despair, freedom from shame and a life where we understand who we really are.
We want to help you live that life by giving you the opportunity to encounter God in our worship, to understand what the Bible says during our teaching, by offering you the chance to take part in Baptism and Holy Communion and by equipping you to serve and love others so that they can know life in fullness too.
So what do we believe?
St John's is part of the Church of England, whose statement of beliefs, inspired by the Bible, are found in two places. The first is called the Creeds, a set of statements of belief the early church formed to help them understand in a definitive way who Jesus was. The main creed is called the Nicene Creed, named after the place it was formed. We often use this in our worship, and it is the Creed that most defines what we believe at St John's. You can read it below. The second place is something known as the Thirty Nine Articles, a set of statements that set out the beliefs of the Church of England when it was formed under Elizabeth I. You can read them here.
The Nicene Creed:
WE BELIEVE in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.