St Mary's belongs to the worldwide family of churches called the Anglican Communion. 'Our part' is the Church of England - which continues to have a role in our national life. The basis of the faith of the Church of England is the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (the Bible) and the teachings of the early Church Fathers.
Central to our church's identity is a love and loyalty to Jesus Christ, whose life is told in the New Testament. St Mary's 'strapline' Christ's love has the first and last word in everything we do. This reflects our view that we learn what love is from God - who in Christ served and died for us and others, and that in turn forms who we are, and directs how we act.
- We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us - 1 John 3:16
- But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. - Romans 5:8
- For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. - John 3:16
- For the love of Christ urges us on. 2 Corinthians 5:14
- Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:11
When considering the particular values of St Mary's the PCC agreed this statement:
We are the body of Christ:
· everyone is valued
· and all have something to offer
as we learn together, and grow to be more like Jesus