Our D.N.A.

Every community has virtues and values that define them. We feel like you can know everything important there is to know about us from the chief Christian virtues, Faith, Hope and Love.  This is our D.N.A., the code that our lives are driven and determined by, and what we seek to reproduce again and again in the lives of those God gives us the opportunity to reach.

Faith

We always strive to make our community a welcoming place to express your doubts and explore what you believe for yourself.  If you don’t know what you think about Jesus, and even if you’ve maybe had a bad experience with the Church, we hope you’d take another look at it all with us.  

However, we are here because we have faith, not a vague belief in ourselves, but the good news of Jesus.  We believe the only way can we have a relationship with God is by trusting  & resting in what He has done for us, not in what we can do for Him.  The life of faith is not always easy but it is never boring.

We will always be committed to ‘the faith’ but at the same time being a greenhouse for your faith, which you can process and discover without shame and without pressure.

Hope

We find competing visions of hope in the classic movie the Shawshank Redemption which about an innocent man who escapes from prison.  Hope is either the most dangerous thing or the best thing there is.  If nothing is going to change, hope is just going to drive you mad.  If you are about to get out of a bad situation, hope just might give you the strength you need to hold on another day.  Basically, we have hope that there is no situation and no person so messed up or so difficult that God can not break in and bring hope.  

We want to be a family together who holds out hope for each other.  We also have a lot of hope for our town and the larger community and are huge fans and celebrate good things we see that are happening.  We are proud of the many people that have been making this town and the wider community what it is for years. We are also here to fight for our community, and we aren’t going anywhere.

Love 

We conclude with Paul and ultimately with Jesus that Love is the greatest virtue.  To really love others we need to first feel and be loved and valued ourselves.   We believe that God first loved us by sending His Son into the world that we might be empowered to love one another.

At the end of the day, whatever you believe, and no matter what you don’t, we will love you.  We must battle the tendency towards selfishness week in and week out by going deep in our understanding and experience of God’s love for us.

“And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of these is love.”  1 Corinthians 13:13
“Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?”
He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.  All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”  Matthew 22:36-40