Our values

We are a Christian church which welcomes everyone to join in as we grapple with what makes being a Christian “good news” for us as individuals and within our wider communities.  We look for God at work among us, transforming our lives so that we can begin to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is his love for all people.

We are not in a hurry.  We live in the real world, where we all make mistakes, experience triumphs and tragedy and can sometimes simply feel at a complete loss.  We value honest conversations and are working hard on being brave enough to “tell it as it is.”  We try hard to be broad shouldered enough to listen carefully and without judgement to each other’s stories and struggles.  We made a film that captures some of the complexity of our lives: The Street film. We value the ordinary and the everyday and don’t try to put on a performance, for God or for each other.  We do not have any expectations about how each other’s faith journeys will work out.  Instead, we welcome anyone who has even a tiny bit of faith that there may possibly be a god out there and enjoy the discussions that follow!

We are an inclusive community which aspires to celebrate and affirm every person.  We challenge ourselves to ensure we don’t discriminate against people on grounds of disability, economic power, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, learning disability, family circumstance, mental health, neurodiversity, or sexuality.  This video might help explain a little more about our approach:  Lizzie Lowe’s story.  We believe that God likes us.

We do best when we all play our part.  We love a bit of the Bible that talks about how God can use the rubble of our past lives to help each other build healthier, more fulfilling and more impactful lives. Our goal is to be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, and make life livable again.  We believe that God, like a loving parent, nudges us into action where there is need.  We are also fans of just getting on with what needs to be done.  To find out how to get involved in our community life, click What we do.   

We belong to a wider family called Vineyard Churches UK & Ireland.  You can visit the website here and you can fast-track to the “Statement of Faith” Statement of Faith.  We are part of this grouping because we share the same values and it means that Surrey Hills Vineyard and its leaders are held accountable to professional standards, most especially in matters of safeguarding and financial probity.