Manifesto | A public declaration of policy and aims. Mid 17th century: from Italian, from manifestare, from Latin, ‘make public’, from manifestus ‘obvious’.
In western churches the Epiphany (manifestation) became an occasion to celebrate one element of the story of Christ’s birth – the visit of the ‘wise men from the east’ (Matthew 2:1). Epiphany has therefore been connected with worldwide mission. In Eastern churches the Epiphany focused on the Baptism of Christ where the heavens were opened, the Spirit descended, and Christ was declared to be the Son of God. In this season as a parish we are seeking the manifestation of God’s presence by His Spirit and committing ourselves to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’ (Matthew 28:19). Our manifesto is summarised as Gathering, Growing, Going. We look to know the manifest presence of Christ in our worship, discipleship and mission. We are gathering in worship to wait on God (Isaiah 40:31) and to hear from His word. We are growing together as disciples and embodying Jesus’ message of the Kingdom. We are going in mission to all the world, the world in which we are aliens and exiles.
Join us for this six week sermon series as we explore our manifesto together.
Listen to the series below.