Dear Church Family
We have a long history at The Belfrey of standing within the evangelical tradition of the church. That means that the gospel - the good news of Jesus - is central to who we are and what we do. We love to proclaim Christ's good news through our words, calling people to start following Jesus and then grow as disciples, and demonstrate this good news through practical love and action. We value the Bible, God's written Word and the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. This doesn't mean we are narrow or blinkered in our worship and mission. Nor does it mean that we don't appreciate or have things to learn from other traditions in the life of the Church of England or the wider church. It just means that we are clear about the main and plain things of the faith, revealed in the Scriptures.
That's why we're especially focussing on Bible Reading at this term's Sunday services. So this coming Sunday Jim Roberts and Paul Myers will help us consider ways of responding to God's Word, as we look at the story of the finding of the Book of the Law in 2 Kings 22. And the following week I'll be exploring through Psalm 1 how we can better meditate on God's Word and get it to sink deeper into our minds and hearts.
Although we don't use the word 'evangelical' very often (because most don't know what it means!) - being evangelical is important to us. It's one reason why last year we re-joined as a church the Evangelical Alliance (EA), a great organisation representing thousands of churches in the UK and beyond. EA do an excellent work resourcing and encouraging churches in their mission and they want to support us in what we're doing in York and the North. As a result Gavin Calver, Director of Mission at EA will be our guest speaker at our 6pm service on the evening of Sunday 11th November. It's an honour to have Gavin with us. Do mark that date in your diary, and join us if you can. And let's be praying, particularly as our mid-week Alpha course begins this week, that the good news of Jesus is faithfully declared and continues to change many lives today.