We are the Church of England Parish of Winton, Moordown and Charminster serving around 27,000 people. We've been around for over 100 years and are constantly looking for ways we can serve the community for many more!
We are proud members of Inclusive Church (www.inclusive-church.org) and have signed up to their statement of belief:
"We believe in inclusive Church - church which does not discriminate, on any level, on grounds of economic power, gender, mental health, physical ability, race or sexuality. We believe in Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ."
We also support and affirm the objects of Student Christian Movement's Honest Church campaign - we are honest about who we welcome and in particular, affirm those from the LGBTQ+ community.
Essentially, that means that we warmly welcome absolutely everyone, from every gender, sexuality, age, ability - ALL.
Our Core Values are Sanctuary, Nurture, Compassion. These are at the heart of everything we do.
We provide and believe in providing sanctuary for one another, whether times are rough or going well. More than this though, we believe in providing refuge for those who live at the edges of our society, those who are lonely, depressed, seeking asylum, or sleeping rough.
We place the practice of Jesus of Nazareth at the root of our faith. His teaching and way of life point us to following a path of radical love, forgiveness and service. The church has often been guilty of over-complicating the good news of Christ. We believe that God is love and that we experience and reflect this love through following 'The Way' that Jesus Christ taught and lived.
Committed to care for creation and the pursuit of justice. We take seriously our work on environmental issues and have made one of our churchyards into a wildlife conservation area. We are a Fairtrade parish, and the parish supports the work of Traidcraft and Christian Aid, alongside a number of local charities, such as Faithworks, Michael House, the Women's Refuge, Hope For Food and Hope in the Community, that helps those who are vulnerable.
In addition: Hospitality. We pride ourselves on offering a warm welcome to all. We serve Fairtrade filter coffee and teas across the parish. Food is often at the centre of our events!