Here we try to practice the inclusive Gospel of Jesus Christ

This means that here you may be mixing with seekers, searchers

and those who are bruised,

those who limp and those who mourn

and those wounded by war;

refugees, asylum-seekers and foreigners of all kinds,

citizens of different colour from yourself,

women bishops (yes, there are a few!)

and priests who may be struggling,

leaders who are worn out, clapped out, burnt out,

lesbian and gay couples, even singles,

the wealthy who are trying to get through the eye of a needle,

and the poor who are struggling to maintain their dignity,

the emotionally deprived and harmed,

people of other faiths or of none,

fundamentalists and liberals, radicals and traditionalists;

those who have failed to love

and those who are afraid to receive love;

those rejected by their ministers and their churches;

those who have broken their promises,

those bowed down with burdens,

those who teeter on the brink of breakdown;

those for whom the grip of alcohol or work, drugs or sex,

gambling or unnamed powers, is getting stronger

and those for whom the grip is loosening,

those struggling with faith and doubt, and goodness knows how many others….

Indeed, anyone who is like

those Jesus mixed with.

This is not a private club But a space open to all people of goodwill.

Although we are not yet strong and vulnerable enough to show the unconditional love of God at all times, we hope we are moving in that direction.


We didn't write this, we wish we had (the people of Monmoth did) -

but this text explains the place that we want to be!

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Rev'd Daniel Valentine


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