The Church of the Ascension stands in the liberal catholic tradition of the Church of England. This means that our faith is based on the Catholic Creeds in which we profess our belief in God, revealed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit and in the Church as the community of those united by our common Baptism into the Body of Christ.
This faith finds its focus in the person of the Incarnate Christ, who is both truly human and fully divine. In Christ, God empties himself to share our human life with all its joys and sorrows and through his Resurrection and Ascension he holds before us the hope that our lives can also be transformed into the image and likeness of God.
Our faith is uniquely revealed to us through the Bible and especially the Gospels but also through the teaching and tradition of the Church.
However, in the modern age, we are increasingly faced by ethical dilemmas that fall outside the experience of the ancient world, such as the place of women in society and scientific developments in medicine, like stem cell research. Here we must be bold and take our courage into our own hands and be prepared to make ethical judgments using the mind that God has given us, informed by the principles of the teaching of Jesus and the traditions of the Church.
We express this faith in worship through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage, Reconciliation, Healing and Ordination and in particular through the Holy Eucharist, in which we partake of the Body and Blood of Christ.
But we also express our faith through a life of sacrificial service to our neighbours, at work, as individuals, in family life and through involvement in the community and, for instance, in our Natter Club for older people.
For more informatixon about the beliefs of the Church of England then go to: www.cofe.anglican.org