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Church Vision


The vision of our church

is to make a difference wherever we are

as we share faith for life.

Through a Diocesan initiative called GAP (Growth Action Planning)

we have been seeking to fulfil this vision by taking one step at a time.


One of the GAP 2011 themes includes...


Reasonable Faith


The aim of this series is to help us to be confident

about the ‘hope’ we have within,

so that we are able answer the questions

that arise when people see us living faith-filled lives.


This ties into our vision

...of equipping disciples

‘to make a difference wherever they are’;

...and by 'delighting in sharing our faith in relevant ways'.


We shall be considering these questions in sermons and Small Groups:

  • Is Christianity the only true religion?
  • How could God allow suffering?
  • Isn’t Christianity a straightjacket?
  • Isn’t the church responsible for so much injustice?
  • Why doesn’t God send everyone to heaven?
  • Hasn’t science disproved Christianity?
  • How can you believe the Bible?

    The series is based on the Hodders book, "The Reason for God" by Tim Keller.

    The church where Keller is a pastor has had a huge impact amongst sceptical young adults,

    that is one of the reasons why it is helpful for us to explore the ideas he writes about.

  • You Tube: Tim Keller on his book: 2 minutes

    Small Group notes


    Reasonable Faith Sermons


    Reasonable Faith 'Personal Stories' Members of our church speak from their own experience.



    Other links

    On this website.

  • Reasonable Faith series video trailer: 9 minutes
  • Re:View Magazine Apr 2011: Confident or Apologetic?
  • Re:View Magazine Apr 2011: 'Hall of Tyrannus' dialogue: evenings of 29th May and 3rd July 2011
  • Re:View Magazine May 2011: Reasonable Faith: A Timeless message
  • Compass Sheet 8.2 Circle of friends
  • Compass Sheet 8.4 Prepared to give an answer
  • Heart, Mind and Soul: 'Grow' pages: How God can use your story