WHAT WE BELIEVE
At the heart of the Christian faith is the message of God’s love for everyone.
The church has always been a place where we can discover more about Jesus, be part of a caring community and together share that faith in the world.
We seek to be generous and live with compassion for those in need.
THE APOSTLES' CREED
We believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is
seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
ORIGINS OF THE CREED
The 'Symbolum Apostolorum' was developed between the second and ninth centuries. It is the most popular creed used in worship by Western Christians. Its central doctrines are those of the Trinity and God the Creator.
Legend has it that the Apostles wrote this creed on the tenth day after Christ's ascension into heaven. Although this is not the case, the name stuck. However, each of the doctrines found in the creed can be traced to statements current in the apostolic period. The earliest written version of the creed is perhaps the 'Interrogatory Creed of Hippolytus' (ca. A.D. 215). The current form is first found in the writings of Caesarius of Arles (d 542).
The creed was apparently used as a summary of Christian doctrine for baptismal candidates in the churches of Rome. Hence it is also known as 'The Roman Symbol'. As in Hippolytus' version it was given in question and answer format with the baptismal candidates answering in the affirmative that they believed each statement.