Too many faiths?!
It is sometimes said that there are as many different types of Christianity as there are Christians. At one level this is true: every human is unique. We all ask our own questions about the world and our place within it; we all draw different conclusions based on individual contexts. But Christian churches also proclaim a fundamental message: God makes the world and God loves the world. As a result, this page is both my personal take on faith while at the same time expressing key ideas which you will find embedded in St Michael’s and St Mary’s.
Kenneth Padley, Vicar
God exists and brings into existence
Christians believe in an all-powerful creator. We believe this because of what we observe from the world around us: the existence of a creator is the most satisfactory explanation for why there is a universe and not nothing. Contrary to crude stereotypes, this does not set religion ‘against’ science. Christians are sensible, reasoning people. Science and religion complement one another; we believe that God works through the forces of nature to shape his universe.
God is love and seeks our love
Christians also believe that God loves people and calls them into relationship with him. We believe this because the Church’s holy book, the Bible, contains a long record of personal human encounter with God. Beginning with men and women like Abraham and Sarah, the Bible recalls how God keeps summoning people into lives of holiness.
God’s love is shown in Jesus
Where does Church fit in?
God calls Christians to form communities of faith.
Come and find out how faith is making a daily difference in this place!