The best way to find out more about who we are and what we’re like is to come along on a Sunday!
In a nutshell… We’re part of the Church of England – which means we’re committed to serving our local area; we’re part of the Diocese of Southwark, and we belong to an international community of Anglican Christians. As a parish church we’re here for everyone, and we hope that everyone feels welcome to use our buildings, to come to our services, and to get involved in the things we do. Our churches have been in this area since 1871, and we continue to value our heritage and traditions, whilst finding new ways to make our church meaningful and engaging for the people who live here today.
An Inclusive Church
The Good Shepherd and St. Peter’s are also part of the Inclusive Church network, which means “we believe in church which does not discriminate, on any level, on grounds of economic power, gender, mental health, physical ability, race or sexuality. We believe in a Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ”.
We are also a ‘Fairtrade Church’ – committed to using fairtrade tea, coffee, sugar and Communion wine. We have a fairtrade stall in church twice a month, and for the last few years we’ve marked Fairtrade fortnight with a fairtrade wine tasting!
We have recently been awarded our Eco Church Bronze Award and are working towards the Silver Award. We have an Eco Church Working Group that meets once a month to think about how we continue to respond to climate change both individually and as a community.