'Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.' (1 John 4:8)
We believe that God is love and that He showed this in the best way He could, by laying down His life for us.
Jesus explained that God expects us to love others in the same way. This means that we are to love God with all our hearts and minds and souls and strength, and to love other people just as we love ourselves.
We know that we have messed this up and failed to live in the way that God has taught us we should. By God's grace we have said sorry to God and to those we have hurt, trusted Jesus to make us new and resolved to live new lives for God. We still make mistakes and let people down. But we believe that God's Spirit is with us, changing us to be more like Jesus and enabling us to live the lives He wants us to live.
In practice this means we try to:
worship God in the power of His Spirit and in truth;
tell people the good news about Jesus;
welcome everyone whatever their gender, race, class or age;
live generously and give ourselves to others;
confront injustice and hypocrisy; and
demonstrate God’s love by helping the poor and marginalised.