Aldridge Parish | Vision and Values
The Anglican Parish of Aldridge, consisting of Aldridge Parish Church, St Thomas' Church, Tynings Lane Church and the Hothouse.
aldridge, church, west midlands, walsall, birmingham, anglican, contemporary, youth, children
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Vision and Values

Here’s a bit of info about who we are and what’s important to us as a church…

UP, IN, and OUT

Three Small Words, One Big Vision!

At St. Thomas, our vision and values can be summed up in three small words: Up, In, and Out.
Although these words may be small, they have a big impact on everything we do as a church, as we seek to be a church which has a big impact on our our world, our community and ourselves.

Up — Focussing on God, First and Foremost.

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As a church, our primary focus is on God—giving him the glory and praise that he is due.

We are a community of believers committed to praise, worship, teaching the Bible, and the active ministry of God’s spirit in our lives. We try to make sure everything we do points to God. We are a church who wants everyone we meet to know God as their best friend and father, and to have the kind of relationship with him that we have. We work hard to make God known in our community.

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

In — Trusting the Holy Spirit to Transform our Lives.

We believe that Jesus Christ can make a difference in the lives of all people, and know the difference the Holy Spirit has made in the lives of our church family.

We are committed to helping people grow and develop in every area of their lives‚ spiritual, emotional, and physical and helping anyone who calls St. T’s home to grow in their relationship with God and our church family.

For this reason, we place a big emphasis on discipleship, both inside our church building, and outside of it. We believe in the active ministry of the Holy Spirit in the church, so all of our Sunday Services make space for the spirit to move and work among our congregation, and we have seen miracles, healing, visions, and prophecies, to name just a few, as a result. And we also know that God is not confined to church buildings, and place a real focus on personal growth and development through our Life Groups, Freedom in Christ and Disciple courses, Alpha, Prayer ministry and pastoral care, and many other things.

 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 11:19)

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Out — Transforming Our Community, and The World Beyond our Doorstep.

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We are committed to fulfilling the great commission, going into all the world, making disciples as we go.

We strive to be at the heart of our local, national and global community, making an impact in real, tangible ways.

We know that, God has chosen us to be his hands and feet in the world, and want to do everything he has called us to do to make his kingdom come, on earth as in heaven.

For this reason, we reach out to our community, and the wider world, in all kinds of ways. We make our church building available to our community for all kinds of events and meetings; we regularly host community events ourselves, and endeavour to ensure we have Sunday and midweek services and groups which are accessible to all, no matter what stage of their spiritual journey they are on.

St. Thomas is the home of “Good News to You”, a friendly, personal, and low-key outreach, which has seen many people’s lives transformed by the power of Jesus Christ.

We also partner with organisations like The Thomas Project, The Black Country Food BankKrasif Aid,  Tearfund, SIM, and Christian Aid, among others, to help make a real and tangible difference to our community, and the world we live in, demonstrating God’s love in real, practical ways.

“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!” (Matthew 25:40)

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)