“What if church invited people to come tell what they already know of God instead of coming to learn what they are supposed to believe? What if it blessed people for what they are doing in the world instead of chastening them for not doing more at church? What if the church’s job were to convince people that God needs them working in the world more than God needs them sitting in the pew?” (Barbara Brown Taylor)
That’s the kind of church community we aspire to be – a place of radical inclusion, where everyone — no exceptions — is accepted and valued and given the invitation to help take the lead. Women, men and those who don’t find those labels helpful; whatever our disability, limitation or impairment; old, young, and everyone in between; gay, lesbian, straight and asexual; Māori, Pakeha, Pasefika, migrant, refugee, old-timer, and new comer; faithful follower, honest doubter and convinced sceptic — all are welcome at the table at our central city church. Nau mai, haere mai. Welcome home, out here on the edge
. We are glad you are here.
We are not the biggest church in town, nor the wealthiest, nor do we have the flashest programmes or best productions. But we are thoroughly committed to caring for each other, serving our city, and helping each other be more faithful followers of the radical, counter-cultural Way of Jesus of Nazareth. We are a welcoming, inclusive church. If you are looking for a Christchurch church where you will be welcomed, then come along, we would love to meet you.