Vision and Values

Good News for Sands & Castlefield

SMG is a growing and exciting community church serving the Sands and Castlefield areas of High Wycombe.  As a church, we want to embody and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to those who live in our local community and beyond, and see lives changed as people embark on the amazing journey of following Him.

Values

We hope that you will see our values expressed in both our Sunday worship and
our shared life during the week. Together we are seeking to be a church that is:

  • For Everyone – we welcome those of all ages, backgrounds and stages of life to come and join our community.
  • Spirit-led – we are a church that believes that the gifts and the power of the Holy Spirit are present and active in the church of today as they were in the New Testament. We seek to order our worshipping life together to be fully open to the leading, equipping and empowering of the Holy Spirit in all areas.
  • Bible-based – we believe that the Bible is God’s written Word to us and that it is authoritative on all matters. Our teaching is always grounded in the Bible, and it guides and determines our practices and beliefs.
  • Missional – we seek to be an ‘outward-focussed’ church (or a Missional Church) in the way that we order our life together. We believe that the Church is sent by God to go out into its community, rather than always expecting people to come to us.
  • Equipping – we believe that church services and other gatherings are not ends in themselves but are always to ‘equip the saints’ to live for Jesus 24/7.
  • Anglican – whilst much of what we do is very informal and relaxed, we take seriously our membership of the Church of England and the worldwide Anglican Communion. We seek to play a full part in our denomination and to work in partnership with our Bishops and our Diocese. We hold to the tenets of Anglican doctrine as expressed in the Thirty Nine Articles of Religion.