St John’s, St Martin’s and St James are all known as Anglican Evangelical Churches.
‘Anglican’ means that we are part of the Church of England and Anglican Communion – a global network of churches, whose ordained leaders are expected to give their agreement to a summary of Christian Belief known as The 39 Articles.
‘Evangelical’ means that we look to the Bible as our ultimate source of authority for what’s right and wrong.
For a formal summary of what ‘Evangelical’ means, you could have a look at the Evangelical Alliance Basis of Faith or the UCCF Doctrinal Basis.
‘Church’ means that we are a group of people who gather together around God’s Word, the Bible; trusting in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ; and loving Him as our Master, Saviour and Friend.
It is not a central part of who we are as Christians, but it might be helpful to know that the churches' leadership teams have a range of views on what the Bible says about women leading churches. We all agree that women are called to serve God in a variety of hugely significant ways, and out of love, we want to protect anyone from being in a position where they're asked to go against their conscience. To help with that, St James receives episcopal oversight from Rod Thomas, the Bishop of Maidstone.