The Church of England in St Mary’s, Sixpenny Handley,
Gussage St Andrew and St Rumbold’s, Pentridge.
Historical Information
What we believe

Being a Christian

Being a Christian is about a relationship – It is not about rules and regulations. It is about love.

God the Father

Christians believe that the world and everything in it is created by God, the loving Father. He gives meaning and purpose to everyone and everything. No one has ever seen or can fully understand God, but we can know what God is like through the life and teaching of Jesus Christ.

God the Son

Jesus lived in what we now call Israel. He was trained as a carpenter-builder and became a teacher until he was executed on the Cross. On what we now call Easter Sunday he rose from death to new life, confirming what he had said about himself and his relationship with God. He said that whoever saw him has seen the Father. Christians believe that Jesus is the Saviour, the one who saves. Jesus is the human expression of God and shows God›s complete love for the world. In the Lord›s Prayer, Jesus teaches us to talk to God as ‹Our Father›.

God the Holy Spirit

Jesus wants his followers to know that God is always with them. We call this continued presence the Holy Spirit. He inspires, reassures and guides us, and gives us spiritual gifts. He comes to everyone who asks.

Church

Jesus› followers formed a community known as the Church, which spread rapidly over the whole world. Millions of people now go to church every week – more than at any other time in history. There are many different denominations, but only one Church.

In Church and at home Christians read the Bible which tells us about God›s love. People come to Church to praise God, to thank him, to ask for his guidance and to deepen their relationship with Jesus. It is a journey of discovery– the most important journey of your life.

In more formal language we can sum up what we believe in this Creed:

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God, begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
Amen.

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