What we believe

In common with other Christian churches around the world, at Central we believe in one God who lovingly created all that is; the heavens and the earth, the sun, moon and stars, the sea and the dry land. 

We believe that in due time, God was born into our world in the form of a vulnerable baby so that God could truly live as one of us.  This baby’s name was Jesus and we confess him to be the Christ, the Son of God. 

Jesus came to show us what God is like.  Jesus teaches us to relate to God as a loving and caring parent who loves us more than we can know, imagine or understand.  Jesus showed us that in God’s eyes, everything and everyone matters and that people and relationships are more important than money and material possessions.  Jesus invited women, men and children to be his followers. 

The world couldn’t cope with Jesus so Jesus was arrested, tortured and executed on a Roman cross.  Jesus accepted this call so that the love of God might be shown to and known by all people.  Many churches understand and explain this event by saying that
Jesus died for sinners so that we might know forgiveness. 

Three days after his death, we believe that Jesus rose again and that his followers had personal experience of his presence.  We recall the stories of the women in the garden, the visit of the disciples to the empty tomb, the appearance of the risen Jesus in a locked room and to Cleopas and his companion on the road to Emmaus.  The power of death was broken and we have nothing left to fear. 

Jesus returned to his Father and promised us the gift of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit was given at Pentecost and it is through that Holy Spirit that we can know God now and that God continues to bring the Gospel to fruition, assure us of forgiveness and strengthen us to do God’s will. 

We are the heirs of this tradition.  We believe that God calls people still to live the Gospel and to live this radical message that life is stronger than death, love is stronger than hate and that people are more important than money.