St Edmund's Church, Taverham
Our Mission Statement

'Sharing Jesus in our community'

As part of the Body of Christ in Taverham we are rooted in the saving love and grace of Jesus Christ. We do what we can to serve our friends and neighbours in Taverham and help them to know Jesus’ presence, his love, and his power through the Cross to forgive, comfort and heal.

Our prayer for our neighbours could be summarised by Paul in Ephesians 4: 14-19:

'For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.'
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  • we believe we have a vitally important message to share with our community. Like the shepherds who heard the message of Jesus’ birth from the angels, then met with Jesus for themselves, and went off and excitedly told their community.

  • and just as the first disciples experienced Jesus’ resurrection at the first Easter, we believe Jesus is alive through the power of the Holy Spirit, to talk to, to listen to, to heal, guide, forgive and restore.

The prayer we often say together at the end of the Communion service sends us back into our community in the power and love of Christ:

Father of all,
We give you thanks and praise,
That when we were still far off
You met us in your Son and brought us home.
Dying and living, he declared your love,
Gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.
May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life;
We who drink his cup bring life to others;
We whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.
Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us
So we and all your children shall be free,
And the whole earth live to praise your name;
Through Christ our lord. Amen.

The challenge

The following piece is a challenge for us as Christ’s people to depend completely on God, and how each of us as human beings are called to know his love and sacrifice for us:

...from the notice board outside Saint Cyrus & Saint Julietta Church, Luxulyan, Cornwall (Anglican diocese of Truro)

This Church is dedicated to the Kingship of Jesus Christ .
He is the head - not the Bishop, not the Vicar, not the Church Council or the People ......... but Jesus Christ.

All are very welcome through the door of this house. When you come, forgive the weakness of the people you will find here. It is Jesus Christ who waits to greet you.

Especially welcome are the little children, the sick, the lonely, the unloved, the weak, the confused, the over stressed, the hurt, the worried, the anxious, the abandoned; those whose friendships and marriages have broken, those who are searching for some meaning and those who cannot understand these difficult times......... this is your home. Christ awaits your homecoming.

Also welcome are the proud, the arrogant, the cynical, the critical, the eccentric, those who think they are independent, those who are strong and feel they need no help.......... your home is here also, and Christ awaits your homecoming.

We will not ask you for money. We will not give you a job to do, we will not ask you to hold a coffee morning to raise funds - we will not ask you to restore a building.

We will meet with Jesus Christ and worship God together - we will meet each others' needs and understand each other - we will shed the burden of pretence in our lives and take the risk of being open and humble and vulnerable.

"We are the body of Christ; by one Spirit we are all baptised into one body."

We believe we are called to pray for our neighbours and friends, to serve them in whatever ways we can, to show Jesus’ love and humility at all times, to draw them into the living presence of God who is with us, and to help others know the power of Christ’s love through the Cross for the forgiveness of sins and the restoration of his image in us.

A prayer of blessing

A prayer of blessing from the Old Testament (Numbers 6:24-26) for each other and for our community:

The Lord bless you and watch over you,
the Lord make his face shine upon you
and be gracious to you,
the Lord look kindly on you
and give you peace.