Parish of Greenside
We try to think of ourselves as a group of people travelling with Jesus. We are an open group - there is always space for someone else. We are a diverse and inclusive group - even when that is inconvenient. We'd love you to be part of our group as well - and we know we might have to change to make that possible. We only have one non-negotiable - that Jesus is the centre of the group. We endeavour to follow him no matter what. That is not always easy but it's worth it!
As a church, we have adopted a rule of life to enable us to live out this vision. Our rule of life says:
We are all on a journey. We are following in the Way behind our
founder Jesus Christ. For a time our paths run together. During this
time, we choose to travel together. We choose to be safe
companions, we choose to love, we choose to reach outwards to others,
we choose to reach inwards towards Jesus, we choose to share:
we share each other’s joys and
we share each other’s gifts and needs
we share each other’s food and company
we share each other’s stories
When our paths part, we will part well, knowing that one day we will all live together with Jesus for ever.
The logo in the banner above goes with the rule of life. It is a picture of the words above. If you see someone wearing a badge with this logo, it means they are part of our church and have promised to live according to our rule of life. It means they ought to be a good, generous, kind, approachable person (even when they're having a bad day). Do stop them and say "hi".
Our parish has two church buildings - St John's Church in Greenside and Church of the Holy Spirit in Crawcrook. We worship as one congregation, alternating between the two venues. Our worship is friendly, lively and relaxed.
Our Church Family
Above: Our church at one of our fabulous church family weekends at the Emmaus youth centre.