"We believe in inclusive church – a church which celebrates and affirms every person and does not discriminate."
Churches and individuals are invited to join Inclusive Church as members. If you believe in the IC's vision statement and would like to learn more please click on the IC's logo to view their website.
All Saints HBSH believes in the IC's vision and is a registered Inclusive Church.
All Saints' Church is a congregation that belongs to the Church of England, sometimes called 'Anglican' or 'Episcopalian'. So, officially-speaking, we are rooted in the dual heritage of catholic and reformed spirituality. being 'catholic' means that, as the church, we find Jesus primarily (but certainly not exclusively) in Holy Communion, and are connected to the worldwide church through a shared mission statement expressed in various creeds. Being 'reformed' means that the Bible is important to us, but that - crucially - we engage our ability to think, reason and wrestle with the text as much as we do our ability to simply read it. Our faith is also personal as well as corporate. It is fair to say we identify more with catholic spirituality. We have a wide vision of God's Kingdom, a Kingdom which we do not so much believe we can make bigger, but rather help one another be more aware of it in places well beyond our church building, such as our homes, schools and workplaces.
Just as catholic spirituality seeks to recognise the divine in every day life, so do we recognise the image and likeness of God in every person, and how God's work of creation and re-creation continues in the natural world. This inclusive awareness inspires us to be a church family where all are truly welcome; in fact, those who are hurting, or subject to ill-treatment, such as members of the LGBTQIA Community, will find not just a welcome, but a place where you will be valued and celebrated.
As an outward-facing sign of our commitment to this way of life, we belong to Inclusive Church and affirm the organisation's statement that: *“We believe in inclusive church – a church which celebrates and affirms every person and does not discriminate. We will continue to challenge the church where it continues to discriminate against people on grounds of disability, economic power, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, learning disability, mental health, neurodiversity, or sexuality. We believe in a Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.”*