What kind of church is St Martin’s aiming to be?
Labels can help us know what kind of jam is in the jar, but they can also be limiting.
Perhaps the following may be useful.
We are a/an:
Charismatic Church: The Holy Spirit empowers and guides us, especially in our worship. Some of today’s most powerful and engaging music is coming out of the charismatic tradition leading us into God’s presence.
Contemplative Church: Prayer and silent reflection are an important part of our worship. Prayers for our church, the world, our town and those in need are included every week. The Lady Chapel is available for further prayer after Sunday worship.
Evangelical Church: The Bible is our source and guide. Our preaching and teaching takes the Bible seriously. We believe in bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to the people of Brighouse.
Inclusive Church: Jesus showed God’s love and compassion, especially to those on the margins. For us this extends to all regardless of age, gender, class, race, sexual orientation or any other category and especially those who have been marginalised by religion.
Sacramental Church: Worship and Word bring us in awe to the table of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion/Eucharist/Mass) where we share in the bread and wine that Jesus called his body and blood. Baptisms also take place in the context of Sunday worship.
Traditional Church! Our roots are long and deep. We value the heritage of our liturgy and music which is why we always include some of the great hymns and prayers which Christians have shared for centuries.
Social Church: Church should be fun. It should be a place where we can make real friends and enjoy one another’s company. Every service ends with refreshments and there is a light lunch on the first Sunday of most months.
Have I missed any? Please let me know.
St. Martin’s Church is the Parish Church of Brighouse. The church building is a large Victorian structure with a big “wow factor” on entering through the west door. The building was sympathetically re-ordered in the mid 2000s to include flexible seating, enhanced lighting, heating system, decorations, nave altar, sound system with loop and stations of the cross. The Community area (known as the Sugden Suite in memory of benefactors in the 1900s) comprises Reception/Meeting Room, Kitchen, Toilets with Baby Change and Parish Office. Facilities for the disabled include an access pathway from the public highway, reception and nave on the same level.
A superb pipe Organ, 8 Bells in the Tower, excellent acoustics and a beautiful interior contribute to the appeal of St. Martin’s as a concert, exhibition and wedding venue and as the choice of professionals for sound recordings.