the family of Jesus
Planting churches and proclaiming Jesus
the love of Jesus
These four foundations underpin all we do at St Catharine’s. They are the reason that we exist. All our activities seek to serve one of these purposes.
Our values are how we do things at St Catharine's Church. These values govern how we carry out our foundations,in working towards our vision. They are directly from Micah 6:8
God calls us to act with justice and integrity in every aspect of our lives.
God has shown us mercy (compassion and forgiveness) in giving us Jesus Christ. In turn we desire to show mercy to all those we encounter.
We recognise we are not God and that he knows best for every area of our lives.
Transforming lives in Houghton with the love of Jesus Christ
Our vision is what we believe God might do through us as we stick to our foundations. Within this vision there are 3 particular areas we believe God is leading us to focus on in the next 3 to 5 years. As we focus on these areas we seek to be a visible presence in Houghton, that is we are available to our local community.
Church planting and Evangelism
We pray that God will work through us to
become a church where its members are wholly committed to resourcing ministry; giving generously; identifying, equipping and sending people out in mission; and developing a culture of planting new congregations.
Impacting our village with the love of Christ
We pray that God will work through us to be a church that has a reputation for loving its neighbours, wholly committed to investing in the needs of our village, to the extent that should we ever have to leave, for whatever reason, we would be asked to stay because of the good works we have done.
Making our church a place where people know they belong
We pray that God will work through us to make our church family a place that people know and feel they belong; where they are loved, cared for and supported. A church which is inter-generational and multi-cultural, where people want nothing else than to gather together.
The Anglican Way
What does it mean to be an Anglican?
The word Anglican means related to or coming from England. Early Christian writers mention the existence of a British Church in the third century AD. Fast forward hundreds of years to the 16th Century, where Anglican churches drew their identity and historical roots from the creation of Church of England, formed during the Protestant Reformation. The Church of England still remains the “mother church” of the Anglican world.
Over time the Anglican church expanded to become what is known as the Anglican Communion. This is now a global communion being made up of some 85 million Christians from across the world. The average Anglican today is a young man or woman from Sub-Saharan Africa!
We are united with our brothers and sisters across the globe in what we believe and how that belief is expressed in our worship. As Anglicans we have five core commitments:
1.The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament being the inspired word of God, “containing all things necessary to salvation,” and as being the rule and ultimate standard of our common faith.
2.The Apostles and Nicene Creeds as the sufficient statements of the Christian faith.
3.The two sacraments ordained by Jesus himself, Baptism and Holy Communion. These are outward signs of a visible inward reality.
4.The Anglican formularies guide our belief, practice and governance. They are the 39 Articles of Religion, the Ordinal and the Book of Common Prayer.
5.The ministry of the episcopate. All Anglican churches minister under the spiritual leadership of a chief pastor, their bishop.
Anglican belief, as stated above, is displayed, taught and experienced as we worship. If you want to know what we believe at St Catharine’s come and join us! Our worship is centred on the Bible and expressed through the liturgy (means public duty or service) that guides our service and proclaims our beliefs. As a global communion we participate in this worship with those 85 million Christians across the world.
To sum up, the Anglican way means being a Christian, connected with a global Church family of evangelical, catholic, reformed, Spirit-filled brothers and sisters, rescued by Jesus Christ, seeking to live in submission to Scripture in a context of the tradition of the ancient Church.
Meet the Team
Steve is married to Jo and they have 5 kids and a cocker spaniel called Ridley. Prior to joining the Cornerstone Team, Steve was studying at Oakhill College, London. He has previously worked for the Youth Offending Service and as a Solicitor. Steve is a big sports fan following Liverpool FC, enjoys weightlifting, golf, BBQing and watching movies with the family.
Growing Faith Minister
Michael has been a part of the team since May 2016. He's married to Becky, and has a young daughter. Before taking on full time ministry, he was a primary school teacher and studied music technology at DeMontfort University. He helps run an amateur dramatics group, and can often be found near a steam train given half a chance.
The Cornerstone Team
St Catharine's forms part of the Cornerstone team of churches. Our relationship is based on 3 P's
Purpose - we share the same foundations
Partnership - we partner in Gospel ministry
Planting - We plant new churches together