ABOUT US

HIS VISION
OUR MISSION

Westcity Vision:  MORE LIKE JESUS
Love God | Love People |  Follow Jesus

 

To be and make disciples of Jesus, in authentic community, for the good of the world.

 

In essentials unity, In non-essentials liberty,
In all things love.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a cross shaped life*, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come again to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy universal church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

AMEN.

* We have added in this line as we believe it bridges the gap between Jesus’ birth and death with a statement about his remarkable life as servant king.

THE 'GO' OF CHRIST

We come together as the church to be reminded of the go of Christ.
So we will:
Go out and feed the hungry,
Go out and clothe the naked,
Go out and fight for justice,
Go out and end oppression,
Go out and proclaim anew the old old story,
Go out and associate with those who don’t look like us,
think like us, act like us and don’t even like us.
We will do it all in the name of the one who sent us,
His name is Jesus!

Each week at Westcity we say the above paragraph as our benediction.

We do this because we believe that the purpose of the church is to be a caring community for the world. Because we believe we aren’t just called to make a living but to make a difference.

To be a city on a hill that can’t be hidden.

We also believe that as we ‘go’ and serve others we enter into Christ’s work of welcome, restoration and healing both for ourselves and others.

That when we come alongside those on the margins we see and encounter Christ.

WESTCITY VALUES & PRACTICES

Westcity Values:

At Westcity, as a Church we commit to becoming and being a community that is:

  • Welcoming by finding ways to ensure people find their place and discover friendship.
  • Inclusive by demonstrating wholehearted acceptance of others irrespective of our points of difference and challenge.
  • Loving in overlooking offence, extending friendship, offering care and support, being truthful and practicing at all times the radical welcome of Jesus.
  • Compassionate towards those less able, less willing and less empowered to represent themselves and their needs.
  • Kind as an active practice of love; always putting forward and looking for ways to show people their value and worth.
  • Peace-seeking in every situation (non-violent). This is not passivity, nor fight or flight, but the third way of fighting back with radical love that gives dignity to the oppressed while at the same time holding onto the hope of transformation for the aggressors.

These are the core values that we as a church community feel we must share in order to grow and function together as a body (albeit a flawed one), that seeks to be a healthy community of welcome, reflective of Jesus in all that we do.

Westcity Practices:

At Westcity, the practices we have discovered, that help us to live as Jesus’ community are:

  • Peacemaking (Anabaptist example)
  • Sacramental (The table, baptism, washing feet)
  • Charismatic expression (The Spirit of Life)

For a full copy of the ‘Westcity Way – Handbook’ (which contains a more detailed explanation on our values and practices, email westcitychurch@gmail.com).

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