What we believe about God is encapsulated in the Apostles Creed, regularly recited as part our worship:
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
All Saints' is a parish church of the Church of England. Through its history, spanning many centuries of social, political, and theological
change, it has often reflected different emphases. What you'll find today is a focus on traditional liturgy, with worship that reflects
the time-honoured language of the Book of Common Prayer. At the heart of our worshipping life is the Eucharist, where the whole people of
God gather to hear the words of scripture, pray for the needs of the church and the world, and to break bread and pour out wine according
to the command of Jesus. Christians believe that through this offering of bread and wine, and the prayer the Holy Spirit of God will
bless and sanctify what we offer, making us participants in the Body of Christ.
We believe that we become members of the Body of Christ by being baptised and confirmed, and regularly coming to receive the Body of Christ in the eucharist. This makes our communion with God, and sets our discipleship of Jesus on a firm foundation, integrating this food into our daily life, aided by setting aside regular time to pray each day and to study the scriptures.
All Saints' presents a regular opportunity to come to a communion service, either at short masses celebrated during the week, or longer services on Sunday celebrated with music led by our outstanding choirs. Morning Prayer is offered each day, and in the evenings Evening Prayer is sometimes led by our choristers when they sing Choral Evensong.
An intrinsic part of our parish life is the development of a nurturing Christian community, in which people grow and deepen their lives under God. Through the formality of our liturgy, there is much joy and laughter and mutual support, as we each continue on our discipleship through this world.
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