We believe

 As a local church in membership with the Baptist Union of Great Britain, we affirm its Declaration of Principle. The Basis of the Baptist Union is:


1.  That our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, is the sole and absolute authority in all matters pertaining to faith and practice, as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, and that each Church has liberty, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to interpret and administer His laws.

2.  That Christian Baptism is the immersion in water into the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, of those who have professed repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ who 'died for our sins according to the Scriptures; was buried, and rose again the third day'.

3.  That it is the duty of every disciple to bear personal witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to take part in the evangelisation of the world. 

http://www.baptist.org.uk/theological-reflection/theological-resources.html

The above is a link to the BUGB Resources website. It offers a number of free downloadable booklets offering an stimulating and ecumencially sensitive theological reflection on various topics, including an exploration of the meaning and intent of the above Declaration of Principle. This is entitled Something to Declare.

 

 

 We also affirm The Five Core Values for a Gospel People. These reflect something of what it means for us to be a Christ-centred community. We are called to be:

A Prophetic Community - Following Jesus in confronting evil, injustice and hypocrisy. Challenging worldly concepts of power, wealth, status and security.  

An Inclusive Community - Following Jesus in transcending barriers of gender, language, race, class, age and culture. Identifying with those who are rejected, deprived and powerless.

A Sacrificial Community - Following Jesus in accepting vulnerability and the necessity of sacrifice. Seeking to reflect the generous, life-giving nature of God.

A Missionary Community - Following Jesus in demonstrating in word and action God's forgiving and healing love. Calling & enabling people to experience the love of God for themselves. 

A Worshipping Community - Following Jesus in engaging in worship and prayer which inspire and undergird all we are and do. Exploring and expressing what it means to live together as the people of God, obeying his Word and following Christ in the whole of daily life.