St Wilfrid’s has a wonderful history. For over 90 years its members have provided a faithful Christian witness to our community. There has been much change: not only is our building very different to that originally built in the 1920s, how we worship, minister and reach out to Cowplain has moved with the times. Not least, St Wilfrid’s vision and willingness to try new ideas has led to the global phenomenon that is Messy Church.
We believe that God is at work right across Great Britain! Jesus is building His church, and St Wilfrid’s here in Cowplain is very much part of it. Church is for all ages and backgrounds; God shows no favouritism. This challenges us to focus on reaching out to our whole community. How is he working in the lives of babies, children, teenagers, working-age adults, the retired, the housebound and the sick?
Called to be Worshippers, Disciples and Witnesses
God calls each of us to be worshippers, disciples and witnesses. Together they are the heart of what it means to be a Christian – none make sense without the others. When we truly worship God, we grow in what it means to obey him each day – that’s the heart of being Jesus’ disciple. When we give our lives to him, we can’t fail to want others to know him also – naturally we become witnesses through our words and actions.
Worshippers – Psalm 100.1-2
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is He who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Disciples – Matthew 16.24-26
Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?’
Witnesses – Acts 1.8
‘You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; a
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth.’