Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but by me.” - John 14:6
As followers of Jesus Christ, we at Christchurch look to scripture and church tradition as the foundation of our belief, summarized in the ancient Nicene and Apostles’ Creeds. This means we are a Bible-based and sacramental church, convinced that historic truth is as relevant today as it was in the past, for while culture has changed, human nature is still the same as it was in the time of Jesus. So our parish Mission Statement, drafted by the very first Vestry in 2005 - at the beginning of our church’s journey and based on the Lord’s words in John 14:6 - is as follows:
Christchurch Mission Statement
- The Way - The Great Commission:
We will embody a passion for the salvation of souls, to bring every unbeliever in each generation to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, making disciples who make disciples of all nations.
- The Truth - The Good News:
We will uphold the uniqueness of Christ crucified and risen, the historic faith delivered once for all to the saints, and the authority of Holy Scripture, the rule and ultimate standard of the faith.
- The Life - The Power of the Spirit:
We will purpose our life and movement in prayer and dependence upon the Holy Spirit, seeking the mind of Christ, to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth, in effect, “To turn to Christ and take Him to others.”
If you have questions or would like to know more about what Anglicans believe, please call the church office to make an appointment with the Rector or other member of the clergy, or simply join us on Sunday morning. Our doors, our gatherings and our hearts are open to all.
Raising the Bar
At Christchurch, we know that the historic faith of the early Christians is still vital for modern life, and that the God Who reveals Himself in the Bible is the God each one of us needs, whether we know it or not. This is the true God, Who loves us too much to let us remain the way we are. For that reason, our Lord has high standards for those who are called Christians and our intention is to keep raising the bar at Christchurch.
All members are given the opportunity to sign individually the personal Christchurch Covenant statement as part of their faith-commitment, as it represents the higher standard we expect of ourselves in Christ both now and in the future. Click here for a printable version.
“I believe the Old and New Testaments to contain all things necessary for salvation and I hereby commit before God and His people at Christchurch: To love the Lord with all my heart and soul and mind; to seek God’s Purpose for my life and my gifts; to witness to Jesus Christ as my Savior and the Savior for all others; to discipline my life under His Lordship; To be a faithful worshiper, worker and participant; to serve in a ministry for the spread of Christ’s kingdom; to be a regular, committed giver and partner in prayer. In the power of the Holy Spirit, I pledge my life and my membership, so help me God.”
What is the XP in the Christchurch Logo?
What appears to be an “XP” in the Christchurch insignia is not something borrowed from the world of advertising. Its origin and significance is actually far older, nearly two thousand years older in fact.
It’s an early form of the CHI RHO, one of the very first monograms or symbols for Jesus Christ, used by believers as the Christian movement began to spread throughout the Roman Empire. The common language for most people then was Greek, so these two Greek letters became a recognizable symbol. The “X” is the Greek letter CHI (pronounced as the “K” sound, as in KIGH) and what looks like a “P” is the Greek letter RHO (the sign for “R” and pronounced ROE).
They comprised the first two letters of the word “Christos” or Christ, and became an abbreviated symbol for the faith. In a time when there was great risk in being identified as a Christian because of the early Church’s status as an illegal religion, knowing what the CHI RHO meant and using it was a life and death necessity in the Roman Empire. It became a secret password and sign for the early followers of Jesus, a covert means whereby believers could identify and communicate with each other without being found out.
The CHI RHO is an even older Christian symbol than the Cross, and was felt to be an appropriate symbol for Christchurch, where we are committed to upholding ancient Truth, as we offer what it has always promised: the hope of new life.