Radically Welcoming to All
Jesus showed love to those he met who society marginalised. His ministry was welcoming to children, to women, to those from other cultures and races, to those with jobs that were looked down on such as greedy tax collectors and poor fisher men, to those with disabilities or mental disorders, to those who were judged as leading sexually immoral lives. Jesus showed all of these people acceptance, forgiveness, mercy and love. At LUFC we believe we are called as Christians to do the same, to go beyond the hypocrisy of "love the sinner but hate the sin" and beyond the repression that children should "be seen and not heard" or that certain tasks can only be done by one gender or the excuse that some racial or cultural groups chose not to get involved on a leadership level. As a church we do not preach that homosexuality is a sin, nor do we pass judgement on those who choose not to conform to the marriage with 2 chidren model.
Members of our congregation come from many different Christian traditions including Anglican, Brethren, Catholic and Evangelical – our worship reflects this diversity. We are called to accept each other as part of the Body of Christ, a collection of people who are not perfect but who have been called to journey together and grow in Christ, where each person has a part to play and as a Christian family we must support each other. This may on occasion mean that worship is interrupted by the children or the members of our congregation with special needs. It may mean that you are worshipping next to someone who does not share your views or outlook on life. We have members of the congregation from all over the world and one small way we celebrate this diversity is with a banner which includes the national flags of our congregation; this is just one of the visible ways of showing our inclusion and unity in diversity.
We are wheelchair accessible and the church has a sound loop for those who use a hearing aid. If the welcome you receive does not reflect this ethos of acceptance and love please let us know. We strive to follow the greatest commandment from Jesus in John 13: 34-35 "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."