Welcome to St. Sebastian's Inclusive Church.
Our website is currently being re-constructed and designed to reflect the real aims of our church and ministry.
St. Sebastian's celebrates it's 10th Anniversary in 2014 and I want to take some time to reflect on our past and look forward to the future with renewed hope and understanding of our church and how a unified church is the way forward in the future.
When the church was created, we undertook to create a worshipping community church in which all were welcome on an equal basis and to remove the barriers that surround many other faith groups through their constant exclusivity.
One thing that hasn't changed over the years is our wish that the church globally should not be separated into different groups, but there is the need for one church where all are welcome to meet together, to share together and to pray together- a true one united church just as Jesus himself would of wanted.
One of the key issues that affected our development in recent years has being able to find the right time and day for worship and also the right venue. In this day and age, Sunday mornings for worship has proved difficult as more people work on Sundays than ever before, and families are usually pre-occupied with taking the children to various activities on Sunday mornings that become preventative for collective worship.
We need to find a clear way forward where we can worship together as one and still encourage families to join us. We are therefore leaning towards worship on Saturday evenings as one potential or later in the afternoon on a Sunday once the shops have closed. Gone are the days when Church met on Sunday mornings and that was the day that everyone was able to go to worship and the churches were packed. We need to be more flexible to the needs if we are to make a true faith based impact in the future.
We have always been known as a peoples church and one that is without walls! We strive to find an affordable venue locally which is accessible to all people and we are looking at the options for this now.
In the meantime, we are forming more house churches, where smaller numbers of people can meet together for prayer and fellowship and from that build on a new venue that is accessible to all people and where the financial burden is shared through the donation of a small amount per week to cover venue costs. Or someone who can donate a small venue or meeting place for our worship weekly.
As we prepare to re-establish ourselves and move forward, we do so in knowing that there are lots of people who do not understand the politics of the mainstream church and who want to be part of a unified inclusive church where there is no discrimination and where everyone is treated on an equal basis.
If you are interested in finding out more about our ministry, work and fellowship please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in contact shortly.