TRINITY CHURCH: MISSION STATEMENT
We are a faith community within the Christian tradition, nourished and enriched as we are by many and various religious, social and cultural roots. We are committed to the Way of Life demonstrated in the life, actions and teachings of Jesus set out in scripture and interpreted by different people in many contexts, past and present. We cherish and celebrate our diversity. We are called together as a community of reconciliation and faith, justice and love to others in Leek and the world over.
The values of Trinity Church can be summed up by the words that are based on the prophet Micah to be found above the entrance:
Do justly. Love kindness. Walk humbly with God.
Within the Gospel stories we find accounts of Jesus criticising the religious of his day for denying Justice:
“….you neglect to obey the really important teachings of the Law, such as justice and mercy and honesty. These you should practice, without neglecting the others.” (Matthew 23: 23)
We believe that the values of God’s kingdom demand that the followers of Jesus put their resources – both financial and time/energy – into working for justice in this world.
This means that there will be occasions when we are called by God to stand with the marginalised, the dispossessed, the “other” in our communities and in our world.
Within the Gospel stories we find accounts of Jesus instructing his followers in the ways of love:
“And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. If you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples.” (John 13: 34 – 35)
We believe that the values of God’s kingdom demand that the followers of Jesus seek out their neighbours with the same loving grace seen in the life and witness of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel, and offered through faith to all people today.
This means that we are called to accept a challenge to ourselves to show a radical welcome in our Church life and in everyday life to each other and to the strangers among us, with due regard to safeguarding issues.
Walk Humbly with God:
Within the Gospel stories we find accounts of Jesus inviting people to join him, – the same invitation offered today to all:
“If you want to come with me, you must forget yourself, take up your cross every day, and follow me.” (Luke 9: 23)
We believe that the values of God’s kingdom demand that the followers of Jesus continue their journey toward understanding the relationship with God, and how this faith relates to the world around us.
This means that we are called to constantly be aware of the demands of God’s kingdom and to use our resources, both material and personal, to see the kingdom’s ways of justice, peace and love be established.