What We Believe

Our Trust deed has as its aim the following:

“The objects of the Charity is to promote the Christian religion by such legally charitable means as the Trustees shall in their discretion think fit.”

 

Therefore, everything that we do as a church should fit in some way with this objective. We take as our guide the words of Jesus, when he said that the Greatest Commandment was to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love your neighbour as you love yourself.

Our church subscribes fully to the Evangelical Alliance’s Statement of Faith. This can be read in full below our belief statements.

 

In summary, this means that we believe:

 

in one eternal God who lives in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit

that the Bible is the inspired Word of God

that God created and sustains the world

that all people are created in God’s image and are loved equally by Him

that Jesus is the Son of God, who came to earth, died on the Cross for the forgiveness of all sin, and rose again before returning to heaven, and that one day he will return to earth again

Evangelical Alliance Statement Of Faith

The one true God who lives eternally in three persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world

The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of Godfully trustworthy for faith and conduct

The dignity of all people, made male and female in God’s image to love, be holy and carefor creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement

The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ -born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin

The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God

The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world

The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ

The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness

The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers -given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit’s gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love

The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth

Baptism

We believe that baptism is for those who have chosen to put their faith in Christ. Following the New Testament model, we do not baptize babies or infants, but rather wait until an individual decides that they want to declare their faith publicly in Christ by being baptised. There is no age limit on this; it simply depends on each person’s declaration of faith.

Our church practices ‘full immersion’ baptism, which is where the individual goes fully under the water. This symbolizes leaving behind the old way of life and beginning a new life following Christ. Coming up out of the water also identifies with the resurrection of Jesus.

As we don’t have facilities within our church building to baptise fully in this way, we usually use a local Baptist church for our baptisms – although we have also conducted ceremonies in a large swimming pool in the church garden and also in the North Sea!

We do recognise the special place that children hold in the heart of Jesus, and so, at the request of parents, we pray for babies or infants to receive a blessing from God and agree as a church to support the parents in the upbringing of the child as far as we are able. For anyone wishing to baptise / christen their baby or infant in the traditional way using water, we would refer the family to the local Methodist or Anglican Minister.

Membership

We would encourage anyone who decides that Bill Quay Community Church is their home church family to speak to one of the leaders about membership. This involves having a conversation to discuss their Journey of Faith, and how each person feels they might be called to serve God as part of the church.

As members of the church, we give the leaders permission to have pastoral care and oversight over us, and we are accountable to each other in our Faith Journey. We make clear our commitment to this particular church family, and our desire to serve God within it as He calls us. This mutual commitment can also open up further opportunities to serve on behalf of the church.

All those in positions of leadership and responsibility within the church are members.

Financial Giving

As a registered charity, most of our income comes from the gifts of our members, much of which is Gift Aided. We don’t have a weekly offering, but instead have an offering box which is always available at the front of the church should anyone wish to give. Many members choose to give via standing order each month; this giving is kept private, known only to the giver and the Treasurer. Sometimes, we receive grants from different organisations, always for a specific purpose. No-one is under any pressure or obligation to give financially to the work of the church.

We have a group of four Trustees who administer the finances of the church, with an experience Chair. This group reports to the Charities Commission each year, and the accounts are always independently audited. We try to give away more than ten percent of our annual income, and usually give away more than this. Some of our giving has gone to support missionaries who have gone overseas from the church, young people who have taken gap years to work voluntarily with organisations which are in line with our Trust aims, and other local or national organisations such as Junction 42 and Tear Fund.