Beliefs & Values
Our VisionASH will always seek to be a Jesus-centred, Spirit-led, growing Church that proclaims the love of God, in word and deed, in faith and justice to the people of Truro and beyond.
ASH will strive to reflect the inclusive nature of God's love and the diverse nature of God's creation by developing a community that rejoices in radical diversity in all aspects of human nature, whilst retaining a bias toward the most vulnerable and those less represented in church life.
The Great Commandment(Matthew 22:36-40 Luke 10:25-28)
At All Saints we believe that our purpose in life is to LOVE THE LORD OUR GOD with all our HEART, SOUL, STRENGTH, and MIND; and to love one another just as Jesus loves us. WORSHIP is the wholehearted commitment to this command; in other words, a life of unselfish devotion to God. The greatest praise we can offer God is the full acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Saviour.
We believe that the CHURCH is Christ’s body here on earth, and hence a very special COMMUNITY in which we can experience the LOVE OF GOD and the FELLOWSHIP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. Given God’s community involves real people it is also an imperfect and broken one. That’s why we look to welcome all with love, acceptance, compassion and forgiveness, and to strengthen and support one another in life and faith.
The Great Commission(Matthew 28:16-20 John 20:19–23)
At All Saints we believe that DISCIPLESHIP is about dedicating one’s life to the WAY OF JESUS, and to live the way God had intended. We believe that if we LEARN ABOUT LIFE from the AUTHOR OF LIFE we will all see the FULLNESS LIFE.
We wish to see ASH enlivened, growing in number and in faith and attracting the generations that, by and large, are now missing from our congregations. We commit to working with ecumenical partners, to help grow the next generation of leaders, both lay and ordained and to develop resources to enable nearby churches to reach out to their communities. We will develop resources that reflect the joys of our tradition, whilst pioneering new expressions of faith and practice.
The Great Love(John 13:31-35John 15:12-13)
At All Saints we believe that every person, Christian and non-Christian alike, is valuable and loved by God. Yet despite this truth the world can still be a dark place, filled with injustice, oppression and prejudice. Knowing that Jesus came to bring life, and LIFE ABUNDANTLY, All Saints seeks to be a church that takes seriously the PAIN OF THE WORLD and strives to make a difference. Our mission is Jesus’ MISSION, he came to bring good news to the poor, and proclaim release to the captive, sight to the blind and freedom to the oppressed.
The Lifehouse will be a beacon of love and hospitality offered in the name Jesus. It will represent our Christian commitment to the way of Christ through hospitality and service, providing space for stranger and friend. We believe worship is a wholehearted commitment to God and that the greatest praise we can offer Him is the full acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Saviour.
The LifehouseThrough the Lifehouse we will seek first the Kingdom of God – on earth as it is in heaven – and live in a way that moves the world towards God’s dream, where the first are last and the last are first, where the poor are blessed and the peacemakers are the children of God, working towards a society where all are treated equally and resources shared equitably.
It will be the place where we recognise that Christianity is not simply belief- but belonging and behaving too, recognising that our faith is not simply a ticket into heaven but a manifesto for a lifechanging transformation of a suffering world.
Through the endeavour to reflect the great love of Jesus we will strive to interrupt injustice, and stand up for the life and dignity of all; pointing to Christ in all we set out to do.
Everyone, of faith, no faith or different faith, is valued and loved by God, and that our purpose is to love one another as God loves us. In a world too often filled with injustice, prejudice and oppression, we are a church that takes that pain seriously and strives to make a difference, relying on the truth that Jesus came to bring life, abundantly.