Our Church and Values
The Church Of England
St Luke's Cranham with Moor Lane Church is part of the Church of England.
The Church of England is organised nationally into regions, each called a Diocese; we are in The Diocese of Chelmsford led by Bishop Guli, assisted by Bishop Lynne (the Bishop of Barking). The Church of England is itself part of the worldwide Anglican Church, which has more than 70 million members spread across 161 countries.
St Luke's and Moor Lane may not look like traditional Anglican Churches from the outside - but we are very much part of the local and national Church of England. In practice, that means we have certain local responsibilities - such as baptisms and weddings - and it also means that we have a financial responsibility towards the Diocese and other parishes.
We are a registered charity, number: 1128304
Why Two Churches?
St Luke's Church
St Luke's is the Parish church, established in the 50's as Cranham began to grow from a tiny hamlet to an established large village. The parish now has around 13,000 residents - more than enough for any one church to try and serve effectively.
Moor Lane Church
In the 80's, a church building became available at the other side of the parish and the decision was made to 'plant' a congregation into it. Since then, Moor Lane Church has grown and thrived and serves its part of Cranham effectively as well as being part of the parish-wide ministry.
If you are considering coming along regularly to any of our services it's helpful to know something of what we stand for and how we do things.
On this page we've used a few key words and phrases to try and describe our core values:
Open to Continuity & Change – we aim to be faithful guardians of an unchanging message about the person and work of Jesus, and the need for personal salvation and sanctification, while also adapting ways of worship, teaching, being church and doing mission according to culture and context.
Personal Discipleship of Cross & Resurrection – we want to honour all that Jesus has done for us on the cross, and to embrace the way of the cross for ourselves, while also knowing the power of his resurrection to set us free.
Grace of God – we desire to be kind and generous in the way we think and speak about others, whether they agree or disagree with us, while also clearly communicating what we believe and why we believe it.
Encouraging Every Member Ministry – we aim to train and deploy anointed, courageous and missional church leaders, equipping every Christian to serve like Jesus in their home, church, work and life-place.
Visible Mission in our Community – we are determined to see the church be recognised as a missionary movement to love and reach the lost, the poor, the homeless - to bring justice to our homes, neighbourhoods, workplaces and nation, while also being a grace-filled community in which people can find relationship, healing, faith, hope and love.
Spiritual Gifts – we long to see every Christian using all the natural reason, wisdom and skill that they can, while also learning to operate in the supernatural gifts of the Spirit to minister to others in love and power as Jesus did.
Proclaiming the Good News in a broken world – we determine to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God and to see that confirmed by miraculous signs and wonders, while also ministering grace to all, knowing that suffering will be part of life until Jesus returns and makes all things new.
Proclaiming God’s Transcendence & Presence – we hope to live lives that celebrate God’s awesome power, transcendent majesty and sovereign work, while at the same time experiencing his intimate presence as we encounter him in heartfelt worship.
Accepting Unity & Diversity – we aim to work with everyone who holds these values in open, mutually accountable friendship, whilst also acknowledging and honouring differences in individual leadership style and expressions of ministry gifts.
Trusting in Word & Spirit – we aim to derive all we believe, teach and do from the Bible as the written word of God, while also learning to hear and obey the voice of the Spirit speaking to us individually and collectively, so that we really do ‘worship In Spirit and in Truth’
Hospitality – we strive to operate in a way that allows all who come into any service/meeting/event/ministry to feel welcomed and at ease.