- There is a living and caring God who loves you
- God is the Creator of the universe
- God is personal to us and through the Holy Spirit helps ordinary people to do extraordinary things
- God is revealed to humanity in the person of Jesus Christ
- Jesus, through his life and teachings, showed us how to live and to love one another
- God gives us the strength and inner peace to help us face life’s difficulties and wants to help when things go wrong
We try to be:
- A worship-centred and nurturing church – where we show love, friendship and support to each other within the body of the church; and where we pray for those who need comfort in the wider world, believing that prayer is a dynamic force which works through the Holy Spirit
- An inclusive and developing church – recognising that each individual is at a different stage in their journey towards God, and therefore we warmly welcome all who are seeking a faith
- A learning and searching church – where we are constantly learning and searching for a better understanding of God’s purposes
- An outward-looking church – seeking to care for those in need and speaking up when necessary for those with less of a voice in society
- A dissenting church – challenging the status quo when this is needed
We are a church serving the spiritual, social and cultural needs of the city centre community throughout the working week as well as on Sundays. We seek to do this by:
- Offering regular worship
- Being inclusive The church is a fellowship of people, who come together to worship and have found peace with God through Jesus Christ. The world can neither give this peace nor take it away. Services are held on Sunday, Thursday and monthly on Friday. We believe that the love of Christ is available to all people, at all times and in all places. Local churches make the love of Christ a reality in their own locality. All of us need to belong to a community, which offers support and encouragement.
- Serving older people
- We believe that God is concerned with the whole of life, body, mind and spirit. So we are committed to making the whole of life reflect God’s glory. We do this through worship and prayer but also by serving the social and cultural needs of the community. The Open Doors Café is open from Tuesday to Friday. We provide a sociable place to meet and an affordable two course lunch. The Extend group provides gentle exercise to music on Tuesday and Friday mornings. We also have an arrangement with Life Path, whereby some of their students gain work experience in the café and kitchen.
- The Warwick Road Film Club and Soul Space relaxation group are open to all and provide safe places to make new friends and explore spirituality.
- Lunch time and evening concerts are held from time to time.
- Working for justice We do all we can to achieve integrity, justice, fairness and tolerance in both public and private life. We speak out against forms of oppression whereby people are denied their God-given rights of freedom, health and the necessities of life.
- Working together with other churches and groups We co-operate with churches of other denominations and work with them to provide a common witness. What we have in common is greater than the differences between us. We work closely with our sister United Reformed Churches in Coventry. Our minister is shared with West Orchard URC. We seek links with other groups such as Age UK and Voluntary Action Coventry.
What is the United Reformed Church?
The United Reformed Church is a Union of:
- the Congregational Church in England and Wales (October 1972)
- the Presbyterian Church of England (October 1972)
- the Re-formed Association of Churches of Christ (1981)
- the Congregational Union of Scotland (April 2000)
What are the beliefs of the United Reformed Church?
The United Reformed Church stands in the Reformed tradition of Christian faith:
- believes in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit
- finds the supreme authority for faith and conduct by the guidance of the Spirit in the Word of God in the Bible
- looks to be continually renewed and reformed so as to fulfil its mission of witness and service in the name of Jesus Christ
- practises both infant and believer’s baptism and celebrates the Lord’s Supper
- recognises the ministry of God’s people: all the members serving in the world and through the church, ministers of Word and Sacrament, elders, lay preachers, church related community workers (CRCWs), and workers from partner churches.