What We Believe

As Christians, we believe Jesus is the unique revelation of God’s love, but honour and affirm other spiritual traditions.

At St Augustine’s we strive to be an inclusive church where all are welcome and affirmed, centring our parish life in the baptismal covenant and the eucharistic meal. We value our Anglican spiritual heritage, embracing both tradition and inspiration as we share Christ’s love for all people. We take scripture seriously, but not literally, as a way God is forming us the Body of Christ for the world. We affirm the deep importance of sacraments, symbols, music, poetry and silence as vehicles of God’s grace. We’re committed to lives of compassion and justice.

Baptismal Covenant (Book of Alternative Services)

I believe in God,
The Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ,
his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He 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,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again
to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in God the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.

I will, with God’s help, continue in the apostle’s teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers.

I will, with God’s help, persevere in resisting evil and, whenever I fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord.

I will, with God’s help, proclaim by word and example the good news of God in Christ.

I will, with God’s help, seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving my neighbour as myself.

I will, with God’s help, strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.

I will, with God’s help, strive to safeguard the integrity of God’s creation and respect, sustain, and renew the life of the earth.

The Eucharist

“At the very heart of the practice of the Christian faith is the act of participation in the offering of bread and wine.  A simple response of the Church to the commandment, “Do this in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19), the Eucharist is the time when the Church really is the Church in  way it is not at other times.  The Eucharist is eternity in time, and for those who take part, it is the experience of the Kingdom which both is and is to come.” (Bread and Water, Wine and Oil, 137)