Statement of faith

We are a community united in faith.

At the very centre of who we are as a church is the person of Jesus Christ. We are a group of people who have recognised our sinfulness and our need for a Saviour, and have found forgiveness and new life in his death and resurrection. Because we have put our faith and trust in him, we have been brought together as a family – adopted as children of God the Father, through the salvation won for us by God the Son, in the power of God the Holy Spirit. It is this shared faith that unites us and defines us.

We are a community grounded in the gospel.

Because we want to become more and more like Jesus and because we want to live faithfully before him, we gather together at various times throughout the week to encourage and build each other up in our faith. Our main gatherings are on Sunday, where we come together before God to worship him, and to grow in faith and love for him as we are fed and nourished through Word and sacrament. We also meet together during the week to study the Bible and pray together. In all these things, we remain focused on the gospel, and what Jesus has done and continues to do to transform us.

We are a community rooted in a tradition.

We are an Anglican evangelical church, which means that we are connected to a tradition. As an Anglican church, we trace our history back to the mid-1500s and the movement to reform the theology and worship of the church in line with the Bible. As an evangelical church, we are part of a broader tradition that upholds the authority of the Bible as God's inspired Word, believes in the need for personal conversion and faith in Jesus, and is motivated by a commitment to sharing the gospel. Being connected with these traditions keeps us focused, accountable, and connected with other churches around the world.

We are a community entrusted with a mission.

Jesus has called us to be his witnesses, and so we have committed ourselves to making his great salvation known, and to showing and telling the world that he is Lord and King over all. We want people to come to know Jesus and to find the forgiveness and new life that only he can give. This is the task Jesus has given to his church, and one we joyfully participate in.

St John Newland is a member of GAFCON. The GAFCON movement is a global family of authentic Anglicans standing together to retain and restore the Bible to the heart of the Anglican Communion. Read more...

St John Newland is part of the Yorkshire Gospel Partnership