Faith - unexpected discovery of the things of GOD
Christians believe in a God who speaks – a God who spoke through the prophets and priests of ancient Israel, who spoke supremely in the words and actions of Jesus of Nazareth, who has spoken to the Christian Church through the words and deeds of martyrs, saints and others, and who still speaks, especially when the Bible is studied and preached and the sacraments are administered.
The God of Christian belief is not a theory but the living God, who calls us to his service.
This is an awesome thought – That ehe suffering and anguish that human behaviour must cause to God is glimpsed in the crucifixion of Jesus. The costly offer of God's free forgiveness that is made possible by the cross and endorsed by Christ's resurrection is the basis of the hope that Christians have, that the world and humanity can be created anew.at the Creator of a universe so inconceivably enormous in time and space should seek the love and loyalty of members of a human race that is so destructive of the planet earth and its fellow human beings.
The possibilities of a new creation are glimpsed in the words and actions of Jesus that bring close to human beings what is called the Kingdom of God – a sphere of right relationships that embraces all aspects of human life
whether they are social, economic, industrial, artistic, intellectual or aesthetic. To be a Christian involves accepting the call to embrace and be inspired by the vision of the Kingdom of God.
Worship at the Abbey seeks to do justice to two central things – the majesty and mercy of God. The forms of service are traditional and use words that have been hallowed in the Church of England for over 450 years, to convey something of the awesome majesty of God. The preaching and the administration of the sacraments attempt to proclaim and make real that mercy of God on which no one can presume, but which affirms and changes those who are embraced by it. Members of the congregation seek to serve the Kingdom of God in various ways – in their daily lives and in the things that they do together at the Abbey in worship, learning and outreach. The Abbey is a learning church, whose members seek to know more fully what is God's will for them, in the service of the Kingdom.
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Education, learning and sharing
The Abbey organises occasional lectures, events, courses and regular fellowship meetings , discussion and learning
We are a broad church, and very welcoming to anyone interested in the life of the Abbey today.
People drawn to the abbey are on a journey of faith... and there is no set starting place. We welcome, without pressure, people from all sorts of backgrounds who are curious to find out a little bit more about the life of the Abbey.
If you'd like to discover a little more, ask some questions, or just quietly sit through a service, you are very welcome.
We look forward to seeing you.