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Our faith basis

As a Christian children's charity, our values are core to who we are and our faith is reflected in everything we do. Guided by our Christian faith, we work in partnership with others, building strong relationships within communities to improve the lives of children and families who are struggling to cope.

"The difficulty of the Christian is very seldom the commencement of the work; the true labour lies in the perseverance which alone can win the victory." - C.H. Spurgeon

Statement of Faith

The Christian faith shapes our work

As a Christian children’s charity, our values are core to who we are and our faith is reflected in everything we do. Guided by our Christian faith, we work in partnership with others, building strong relationships within communities to improve the lives of children and families who are struggling to cope.

We expect all of our Trustees, Chief Executive, Directors and those whose role contains an occupational requirement to hold and profess our faith.

Our faith statement is not an optional extra. It is at the heart of who we are. The faith set out in this statement has guided our development since 1867. It continues to inform and influence our strategy today and for the future. It is the yardstick by which we will measure Spurgeons’ integrity, faithfulness and success.

Our understanding of Christianity

The following description sets out our understanding of the Christian faith. Our Trustees, Chief Executive, Directors and members of staff with an occupational faith requirement must all hold and profess this faith.

We Believe

  • In God who lives eternally in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
  • In the Gospel as the good news of God’s intention for all of His Creation to be brought into a relationship with Him, through his Son, Jesus, who is revealed in the divinely inspired Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16). We recognise that by Scriptures we mean the Bible made up of Old and New Testaments.
  • In God the Father, who:
  • created and sustains all things (Colossians 1:17), and loves all people, who are created in God’s image, unconditionally (Genesis 1:27)
  • is just, and therefore grieves when any person is stripped of, or denied, the dignity their image-bearing implies (Exodus 3:7)
    desires us to be in relationship with Him and one another (John 3:16)
  • makes promises that have been or will be kept, including the promise to judge sin (Matthew 25: 31-46) and to restore all things in a new heaven and new earth (Revelation 21:4-5)
  • being truly human as well as divine, felt pain, alienation, and humiliation in the servanthood of making Himself nothing to reconcile man to God (Philippians 2:5-11)
  • lived a sinless life and taught what it meant to love God with all our heart, soul and mind, and to love our neighbours as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-39)
  • showed, through His mission on earth a particular concern for children as those who can sometimes be exploited, marginalised or disadvantaged (Luke 18:15-17)
  • through His death on the cross and bodily resurrection has defeated the power of sin and offers to everyone reconciliation with God (Romans 3: 21-26).
    • In the Lord Jesus Christ, who:
      • being truly human as well as divine, felt pain, alienation, and humiliation in the servanthood of making Himself nothing to reconcile man to God (Philippians 2:5-11)
      • lived a sinless life and taught what it meant to love God with all our heart, soul and mind, and to love our neighbours as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-39)
      • showed, through His mission on earth a particular concern for children as those who c
        Advancedan sometimes be exploited, marginalised or disadvantaged (Luke 18:15-17)
      • through His death on the cross and bodily resurrection has defeated the power of sin and offers to everyone reconciliation with God (Romans 3: 21-26).

 

  • In the Holy Spirit, creator and life-giver, who:
    • leads us to repentance, and continually transforms us to be more like Jesus in our actions, motivations and aspirations (1 Peter 1:2)
    • empowers us to live out our faith and demonstrate the difference it makes in showing mercy and grace, love and compassion, in seeking justice and transformation (Galatians 5:22-23)
    • works through the church, and the gifts it has been given to worship proclaim the gospel and bear witness through its actions (John 15:26).

How you can help us

Pray

for the children and families we work with, for our volunteers and staff

Share

tell others why children need support, and how together we help them

Give

your donations will enable more children and young people to achieve their potential

"Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out of the windows which hope has opened"

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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