What we believe

The centre of the Presbyterian faith is the Living God, our heavenly father, in whom we live and move and have our being.

The church is Evangelical, Catholic and Reformed. In the New Testament, the word evangel means good news, the same as gospel. The good news, of course, is about God’s love for us as shown through Jesus’ life, teachings, death and resurrection. Evangelicals are those who believe the good news and want to share it.

We are catholic, meaning not Roman Catholic but universal, or worldwide. To belong to the Catholic Church is to say we belong to the Christian Church as it is found around the world and throughout the ages.

We are reformed. Reformed and presbyterian mean the same thing. The word reformed is used more in Europe and presbyterian in Britain and North America. Both words came out of the Protestant Reformation, a major religious movement that occurred around the 16th century.

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