Our Purpose

"To be a growing, Jesus-centred community, bringing God’s Kingdom to Reading and beyond"

To be a growing

We believe history has a destination and our lives are part of that forward movement. Just as a mighty oak and provides shelter & structure, so we want to grow and become a landmark community in our town.

Jesus-centred community

We desire to grow in our heartfelt worship of Jesus, aligning our lives to His teachings, whilst helping others to do the same. We dream of being a people who know, accept and care for each other; where no-one has to stand, suffer or celebrate alone.

Bringing God's Kingdom to Reading

We want to play our part in meeting the needs of our town; helping create footprints of justice, mercy & hope. We want to bring joy, peace and transformation wherever we find ourselves during the week.

And beyond

To be those who joyfully share our time, talents and treasures to further God's kingdom beyond our horizon.


Our Culture

How we journey together is a vital part of our story. The following 5 words best describe our current thinking on this adventure:

Generous:

Generosity is giving more of something than is expected or is necessary. Like Jesus, we want to express generosity of heart and spirit; favour and love. We want to be generous in our attitudes, our words, our time, our money and our skills. We believe generosity has everything to do with our sense of identity.

Real:

Jesus was real about who He was with His disciples, the public, the authorities and with Himself. Like Jesus, we want to be real about who we are and what’s really going on in our lives (with wisdom and discretion). We are ambassadors for Christ, and want to live accordingly.

Accepting:

Jesus was a man for all people: He met with the rich and influential, but was most often found with the last, the least and the lowest. We too want to learn to accept people as Jesus did, to speak God’s word and express God’s love without distinction.

Courageous:

Courage is not the absence of fear but a willingness to face fears and act. Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem so that lost people could be found, the lonely set in family and the wounded find healing. We too want our journey to be marked by a 1000 acts of courage: the big & bold, the small & hidden, the physical & morale.

Enduring:

Jesus didn’t take the shortcuts offered to him. Like Him, we want to patiently endure despite the winds of public opinion and personal cost to receive the promise of God for the church and the people of our town. We seek to endure with faith, joy & fruitfulness. We are building for the long haul.

GRACE:

Grace isn't a concept; grace is a person, Jesus. God’s unearned, unmerited, unending favor is personified in Jesus. Jesus is not someone who "gets" being Generous, Real, Accepting, Courageous and Enduring; He is the source and meaning of them. But if we demonstrate these values, without being able to say how Christ is the source and meaning of them, we will have failed. It is only because God has lavished his amazing Grace on us that we are able to live GRACE.

In 100 years time, if Jesus hasn’t returned, there will be at least one, Bible honouring, Spirit filled church, in our town that can trace her roots back to this vision of a prevailing church. Sean Green, Elder