There are three important words that reflect our identity and our direction of travel

Caring

Caring for each other

We aspire to be a caring congregation and believe that without love we are nothing. We care through prayer and practical acts of kindness, especially when someone is in need, or feeling wounded by life and a bit broken.

Caring about our community

We seek to offer friendship and care for our community; individuals from our congregation are involved in social action projects locally such as Communicare, Contact Centre, Newtown Community Garden and as primary school governors.

Caring for creation

We are an Eco congregation, working for the ongoing ‘greening’ of St John’s and in political activism for green issues. This reflects our belief that God’s creation is good and that we have a theological calling to be good stewards of what we have been given, striving for justice in how the world’s resources are shared.

Open

Open to ‘the Other’

Through attention and listening we aim to be open to one another and to the stranger, in the belief that we see Christ in our fellow human beings, however different we may look on the outside.

Open to the Spirit

We strive to be open to the Holy Spirit and to grow in depth through our Sunday worship and through exploring spiritual disciplines of silence, contemplative prayer, fellowship, study and accountability. Many of us benefit from being alongside a spiritual director or mentor and we offer the Diocesan PDP initiative to a number of people in the congregation.

Open to the neighbourhood

We are discerning ways to be more involved in mission, particularly with our neighbours in the new development across the Kennet, a part of our parish that has a less obvious connection to the church. We seek to be good news and to give and receive friendship.

Engaged

Engaged faith

We value Christian faith that is engaged with real issues, and Sunday talks where people are encouraged to ask questions and wrestle with God’s Word and with the complexities of following Jesus in the 21st century.

Engaged with culture

We value the integration of faith with daily life and the arts as a medium for exploring what’s valuable to all human beings, for example in our Lent Film Club and our ongoing connection with local artists that began with the Gas Tower Gallery art exhibition.

Engaged in society

We seek to be informed and equipped as Christians so we can be fully involved in society as ‘salt and light’ for the sake of the kingdom of God.