That Christians will be
united under the Pope “in our lifetime” has
been predicted by Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor.
It would be he said, a unity of love and service not jurisdiction.
The Parish of St. Joan of Arc seeks this unity of love
and service with all Christians and with all peoples.
We believe this unity is already in existence between
Christians locally and will grow stronger, through the
Holy Spirit and our efforts to live the Gospel message.
We believe the Christian
Church embraces all people who believe in Jesus Christ,
believe he is the Son of God and that he died for us to
redeem us from our sins and give us eternal life.
The Unity we are seeking
is a unity of love and service for God, for all mankind
and for all of God’s creation but it also includes
unity of purpose – living and proclaiming the Gospel
message. In as far as we live the Gospel message, we will
be seen to be One United Church. If Christians really
loved one another and all mankind (and for example always
told the truth), they would be a visible entity in our
society and the World.
The Big Issues e.g.
the Eucharist, Jurisdiction.
We don’t believe the
average Christian is occupied regarding Unity on the big
issues. These matters are being addressed by the Church
leaders. Today’s Christian has enough to do, living
the Gospel message through his worship and daily life.
The Way Forward.
We should concentrate on
living the Gospel message. Our different Christian traditions
are precious and cherished, and we shouldn’t think
of merging them. They record how individuals and groups
have responded in different ways to God’s call.
For most Christians their church and tradition is the
main inspiration and motivation for their Christian life.
How do we interrelate with other
We seek mutual understanding
and respect with other traditions and look for opportunities
to work together. At times we have differences. Saint
Agustine said “Unity in essentials, Freedom in non
essentials, Charity in all things.”
“I ask that they may all be one, as you Father are
in me and I am in you. May they also be one in us, so
that the World will believe that you have sent me.”
(John 17, 20-21)
Christians are called to be one as members of Christ’s
So the Good News can be seen by the World.
This is our Mission.
As supporters of Churches
Together in Farnham we join with other Christians in a
variety of activities including:
Good Friday Walk of Witness,
Christmas day lunch for people who would otherwise spend
the day on their own.
Friday Focus Christian feature in the Farnham Herald.
Christmas Crib in Farnham Library.
in Farnham. “Interchurch monthly prayer
meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, in St Joan’s
Centre – half an hour starting at 10.30am.”
The Churches Together
in Farnham website will be pleased to publish any Parish
activity – please send info to Mary Clark.
Churches Together in Farnham
Other Christian Churches in Farnham – www.ChurchesTogetherinFarnham.org.uk
See also Farnham Community Directory – Churches.
Farnham Christian Community Trust –www.fcct.org.uk
First Base - helping
the homeless locally.