Our Mission Vision & Values

The Welwyn Garden City Adventist Community Church warmly welcomes all who worship with us and we want you to feel relaxed and enjoy your time. We try to create an informal but reverent atmosphere in which to sing praises, read God’s word, meditate in prayer and participate in God’s message. We don't have our own church building but we are lucky enough to be able to meet each Saturday in part of Applecroft Primary School.

Our Mission

Our mission is to be a living witness of God's love to the community in which everyone is welcomed, valued and nurtured.

Our Vision

Our vision is to see personal growth, church growth and involvement in the community.

  • We aim to grow on a personal level by strengthening our personal relationship with God through the study of His word and by developing our individual gifts and talents.

  • We aim to grow as a church by nurturing and equipping our members for service, inspiring them through creative worship and empowering them to share their faith with others.

  • We aim to grow as part of our community by adopting an inclusive approach in responding to local needs, becoming involved in local issues and developing local awareness of the contribution we make.

Our Values

God’s love is interwoven into the fabric of our lives and is revealed through His word expressed through His promises to us, and shared with His children

  • God’s Word - Our textbook for living is the Bible. It provides us with the principles we aspire to live by and reveals God’s character and love.

  • God’s Promises - God is faithful and keeps His promises to us which in turn strengthens our faith and belief in Him

  • God’s Children - We consider every individual to be a child of God so we welcome and encourage their presence, creativity and expressions of worship.


Our History

The Welwyn Garden City Adventist Community Church started as a “church plant”. There was a Core Team who previously attended the St Albans Seventh-day Adventist Church but who were committed to working in and with the Welwyn Garden City community, particularly around Applecroft School where we’re based.

We are working hard to build strong links with the School, build up trust and confidence between us and then move forward with plans to create a community-based project from the school at some point in the future.

Our Church Plant was launched on 13th September 2003 after several months planning and preparation by a dedicated team from St. Albans SDA Church.

We initially began meeting at the Backhouse Room in Welwyn Garden City. Since then our numbers have gradually increased and it became clear we would need somewhere bigger and with more facilities, especially for kids.

Fortunately our search for another venue eventually led us just around the corner to Applecroft School where we’re now based. We’ve been holding worship services there since 10th January 2004.

In 2007 the Church Plant become a recognised Church Company as part of the South England Conference of Seventh-day Adventist churches. Now we are beginning the process of becoming a church by electing church officers with specific responsibilities.

A key part of our mission is to find links with the local community and to serve those around us. We’re encouraging those who worship with us to also be part of something which helps enrich or benefits the community. We want to make a positive difference.

Our initial approach was to give out free LIFE.Info magazines to houses around the school together with an invitational leaflet explaining who we are and what we’re doing. More recently we are giving out Escape magazines and singing in local care homes.

More recently we have focused on reaching out to the community and recognising the good work done by people who help others by giving them a nice certificate and a box of chocolates. We also take an interest in people's health and well-being so we are running the Complete Health Improvement Programme (CHIP) which is a scientifically proven lifestyle education programme that can help prevent, arrest and even reverse common risk factors for lifestyle diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure.

In 2016 we celebrated our 12th Anniversary as a church and look forward to continued growth in the future.


Our Beliefs

The Seventh Day Adventist Church has 28 fundamental beliefs but 9 key beliefs are summarised below:

The Trinity

There is one God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a unity of three co-eternal Persons usually called the Trinity. God the Father is the Creator, Source, Sustainer, and Sovereign of all creation.

God the eternal Son became incarnate in Jesus Christ, through Whom all things were created; the character of God is revealed; the salvation of humanity is accomplished; and the world is judged. God the Holy Spirit draws men and women to Himself and gives spiritual gifts to the Church.

Christ our Hope

In Christ's life of perfect obedience to God's will, His suffering, death, and resurrection, God provided the only means of atonement for human sin, so that those who by faith accept this atonement have eternal life.

Christ's Return

The second coming of Christ is the blessed hope of the Church, the grand climax of the Gospel. His coming will be literal, personal, visible, and world-wide. When He returns the righteous dead will be resurrected and together with the righteous living will be glorified and taken to heaven. The unrighteous - those who have rejected divine grace - will die.

The Church

The Church is the community of believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. In it men and women join together for worship, fellowship, instruction in the Word, the celebration of the Lord's Supper, service to our neighbours, and the world-wide proclamation of the Gospel.

The Holy Scriptures

The Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God, given by divine inspiration through holy men of God who spoke and wrote by the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures are the infallible revelation of God's will.

Baptism

Baptism by immersion is a symbol of our union with Christ, the forgiveness of our sins, and our reception of the Holy Spirit.

The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments, the great principles of God's law, are exemplified in the life of Christ. They express God's love, will, and purposes concerning human conduct and relationships. Salvation is all of grace and not of works, but its fruitage is obedience to the Commandments, not in hopeless effort to earn salvation, but in grateful harmony with the life and will of Him whose perfect obedience has brought us confidence and acceptance as His sons and daughters.

The Sabbath

The seventh day of the week, Saturday, is observed as the day of rest, worship, and ministry in harmony with the teaching and practice of Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath. The Sabbath is a day of delightful communion with God and one another. We joyfully observe this holy time from Friday evening to Saturday evening, from sunset to sunset, as a celebration of God's creative and redemptive acts.

The New Earth

On the new earth, in which righteousness dwells, God will provide a glorious home for the redeemed with a perfect environment for everlasting life, love, joy and learning. God Himself will dwell with His people, and suffering and death will exist no more.


Organisation

Welwyn Garden City is part of the wider organisation of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. At the national level the church is organised into sub-divisions known as Conferences which in turn are combined into international groups known as Divisions. Smaller organisational units are known as Missions or Fields.  The world Divisions are managed from the church headquarters known as the General Conference.

In the UK the church is organised into North and South England Conferences together with smaller Missions covering Wales, Scotland and Ireland. These units are combined to form the British Union Conference which in turn forms part of the Trans-European Division.

Worldwide the Church Membership stands at over 17.2 million people in more than 141,000 churches in 209 countries. On average over 2,889 people join the Adventist church each day with an annual global growth rate of 2.43%.

The Adventist Church operates 173 hospitals, 348 clinics and dispensaries, medical centres, nursing homes, retirement centres, orphanages and children's homes. In 2010 it served almost 16 million people.

The Church runs a world-wide system of more than 7,800 schools with over 1,668,000 students from kindergarten to graduate professional schools. In the UK it runs a college, 2 secondary schools and 7 primary schools.

Seventh-day Adventists try to help friends and neighbours in need irrespective of race, colour or religion. The Church runs an international charity called the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) to help victims of war, famine, floods, earthquakes, and other disasters. Many Adventist congregations have community service facilities, from which volunteers help those in need close to home. In the year 2000, Adventists helped over 15 million men, women and children.

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