Values, Mission, Practice, Covenant

 

VALUES

Values

We are committed to being followers of Jesus Christ.
We have a broad, inclusive and life-affirming theology
and believe in the life in all its fullness that Christ offers.

Belief

We are a Christian church and believe all can have relationship with God.
We believe this can happen because of Jesus, who invites us to follow him.

MISSION

Peace to the City Is the vision and prayer of New Road Baptist Church, Oxford

Located in the centre of the city, in Bonn Square,
this congregation is committed

to praying and working
for the peace and well-being of the city
through worship, witness and service .

This vision and mission is based on the Good News that “Christ is our Peace”.

In Christ a new relationship has been opened up between humanity and God
breaking down the wall of contempt between people
and all things in heaven and on earth are being
reconciled into God – who is the source and end of all life.

Practically this means that in this place, where a congregation has met for over 350 years:

The peace of God, Father Son and Holy Spirit,
is explored and experienced in worship
is celebrated and deepened through life together in community
and is lived out in costly acts of compassion and hospitality.

PRACTICE

New Road Baptist Church is an inclusive Christian community which is open to everyone.

We welcome and embrace all people, whatever their age and ability; class, race and cultural background; gender and sexual orientation.

Worship is centred around the reading of the bible and the sharing of bread and wine.
We have a clear and flexible pattern to our worship.
It is open and informal with opportunity for people to participate,
from the youngest to the oldest.

The church is organised by its members and friends, the local congregation, through the Church Meeting.
We offer believers’ baptism; we recognise and celebrate other routes to Christian faith.
We have friendly relationships with other local churches,
share in and enjoy wider protestant practice
and are keen to learn from all
.

COVENANT

A remarkable Covenant was signed by this church nearly 240 years ago.
It created a “Protestant Catholic Church of Christ
.”
The result was a broad (and broad-minded) church two centuries ahead of its time

To read more see our convenant here