Serving the townships of Alstonville, Tregeagle, Wollongbar and Rural Districts of the Alstonville Plateau in the Northern Rivers of NSW.
Christian life is lived in relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
In common with other Christians in the church, we seek to deepen that relationship and to follow the way that Jesus taught.
For Christians, God is understood and known as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Father – God is love, caring for creation and for every human being as God’s beloved child.
Son – God is as he has revealed himself to be in the historical person of Jesus Christ. Jesus’ life, death and resurrection holds the key to knowing and loving God, and to making sense of life, before and after death.
Holy Spirit – God is alive, loving and active today, inspiring faith, justice and truth, sustaining the life of the world, giving spiritual gifts to the church and bearing his spiritual fruit in the world – changed lives and a transformed society.
Baptism – Baptism is the gift of our Lord Jesus Christ. When he had risen from the dead, he commanded his followers to go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Baptism with water signifies the cleansing from sin that Jesus’ death makes possible, and the new life that God gives us through the Holy Spirit.
In baptism, the promises of God are visibly signed and sealed for us. We are joined to Christ, and made members of his body, the Church universal. (A Prayer Book of Australia 1995)
Confirmation – The Anglican tradition provides for persons baptised as infants to affirm and renew the promises made on their behalf by their parents and godparents, and receive the strengthening of the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of the bishop’s hand. (A Prayer Book of Australia 1995)
Promises – Before God and this congregation, you must affirm that you turn to Christ and reject all that is evil:
Do you turn to Christ?
I turn to Christ.
Do you repent of your sins?
I repent of my sins.
Do you reject selfish living, and all that is false and unjust?
I reject them all.
Do you renounce Satan and all evil?
I renounce all that is evil.
Will you, by God’s grace, strive to live your whole life as a disciple of Christ, loving God with all your heart, and your neighbour as yourself?
I will, with God’s help.
(A Prayer Book of Australia 1995)