Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it [1 Corinthians 12:27]
Though we are individual people, living in different contexts and equipped with varied gifts, we are also ‘one body’; called to support and encourage one another as we deepen our life in Christ. Our shared life is therefore called to be a living sign of the love of God. As individual church members we seek to express this love in the following ways:
Use our skills and time to contribute to the life and work of the church. We commit ourselves to contribute in some way to the welfare and mission of the faith community we together form.
Seek to see and live Christ in all. We set ourselves to see Christ in one another by actively befriending people, making newcomers welcome and respecting differences of culture, personality and viewpoint.
Show respect and care for our own well being. We honour God’s gift of life to us by caring for our own practical needs, through making time for rest, recreation and our key relationships.
Give Financially. We see all that we have as a gift from God and we seek to be regular, generous and faithful in our giving to God’s church.
Socialise Together. We like to laugh and have fun together, so we aim to enjoy the varied programme of social events at St Edward’s and will encourage one another to attend and participate.
The faithful all lived together and held everything in common; they sold their goods and possessions and shared out the proceeds among themselves according to what each one needed. [Acts 9:2]