Today is a new day for us as a church: we have now become Welcome Church.
We’ve been working towards this as a church for some months now, and the day has finally arrived! The new name reflects our new identity and culture as a church, which I have attempted to explain below.
We summarise our approach to church life in four simple words:
Belong, Believe, Become, Together.
So we say, “Come as you are”
There are no perfect people at Welcome Church; we are all recipients of the love, acceptance and inclusion offered by Jesus Christ, who makes us friends of God and friends with each other. Because of Him we can come with all our questions, doubts and struggles. We can belong together, experiencing God’s grace in action.
We are people of grace!
So we say, “Know how loved you are”
As we journey together, we seek to know God as our loving Father, His son Jesus as our friend and saviour and the Holy Spirit’s life and power within us. We believe Jesus has the answers to this world’s challenges, so we are learning what it means to trust and to follow him.
We are people of faith!
So we say, “Become who you were created to be”
We believe that God has a purpose for every one of us, and that He created us all with a unique identity. As we follow Jesus we want to find God’s purpose for our lives and learn about the identity he has for us. We want to become who God created us to be and to live that out.
We are people of identity!
So we say, “Find your place”
Together we are God’s church and we each have a part to play. Jesus has restored us to a relationship with God as our loving Father and he wants us to have good relationships with one another as well. Together we seek to show the love of Jesus to everyone, both those who are part of the church, and those who are not.
We are people of community.
By living these values out, we aim to fulfil our mission:
“To share God’s Grace in Action with all people for all of life.”
And we pray that we will see our vision fulfilled:
“To see lives changed and communities impacted for good through God’s Grace in Action”
Want to know more? Get in touch with us.
Want to join us on a Sunday? We meet at 9am and at 11am at the HG Wells Conference Centre in Woking.
Check out our new website too: www.allwelcome.uk
And remember: It matters that you’re here.