St Augustine's - A church for growing people....
Following Jesus Christ is all about growing. Growing in our love of God, of each other, and of the world that God made and loves. Plants don't grow overnight, and some grow slower than others. The important thing is to get started, and for the church to provide the best conditions for growth.
You're never too young to start, which is why the spiritual nurture of children is so important. But you're never too old to start, either. At St Augustine's you will find people at different stages of growth.
How does growth happen? Through the Word of God taking root in our minds and our hearts. But also through having our faith tested and stretched. Genuine Christian discipleship is rarely comfortable, but God doesn't intend us to go it alone. We'd love you to share the journey with us at St Augustine's.
We take the Bible seriously....
and want to understand it and live by it. We aim to make our Sunday services accessible to all, with wide participation. Some of our best learning happens in small groups – so 5 adult Home Groups meet each week (including a morning group with a crèche), and age-related groups for our young people (aged 3 – 18) on Sunday mornings. For those wanting an introduction to the Christian faith, a Christianity Explored course is run..
We take children seriously...
and enjoy them! - and want to support them and their parents. The St Augustine’s Playgroup meets each weekday morning. Hippo Babies (Friday am) and Hippo Club (Thursday am – for pre-schoolers) are hugely popular. We also run a monthly Groundbreakers Club (for 7-11 year olds), and a week-long Holiday Bible Club in the summer holidays (for 5-11 year olds).
And we take God's world seriously....
As well as long-standing missionary links in Asia and Africa, we have focussed in recent years on Tearfund, Mission Aviation Fellowship, A Rocha, Church Mission Society and the local Asylum-Seekers Centre. In 2004 we became a Fair Trade church. We participated in the MakePovertyHistory campaign of 2005, Stop Climate Chaos in 2006, and continue to support The Micah Challenge's campaign against global poverty (see the picture below, taken with our MP in October 2010).
Lots of serious things - but we hope that you'll also find St Augustine's a place of fun, warmth and laughter.
Come and see!