St Thomas Becket is the parish church of Chapel-en-le-Frith in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire. As the Church of England, part of the Anglican Communion, we enjoy a rich heritage locally and yet also feel connected to a worldwide Christian presence.
We have a sense that our purpose in our time, is to help ordinary people in this community make sense of life by encountering God in extraordinary ways.
We regard the Bible as the inspired Word of God and seek to use it to guide our lives. Led by the Holy Spirit, we aim to be recognised as a Christian community experiencing and proclaiming the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
Our Vision is to:
- be progressive, relevant and forward thinking – evidencing that intent by the decisions and actions we take.
- grow in number, and be ‘intentional’ about doing so – growing church especially relevant for those who are unfamiliar with it, yet who nonetheless search for answers to the most penetrating questions of life. We seek to help people connect their life experience to a journey of faith that encourages self discovery about God and his purposes for them.
- be a church of All Ages – from families with young children to the most senior amongst us, we seek to make our church environment a welcoming space and our worship a vibrant and accessible experience.
- become a learning community – committed to grow together in our understanding of God, and our place and purpose in the world.
- be missional in life – pastorally caring, offering Christian hope, making a response to human need, challenging injustice, safeguarding the integrity of creation and the environment.
- be the centre of community life – connected to our Church School, local organisations, civic life and the people who live and work here.
Everything we do – in church governance, in worship, in prayer, in our common life and thinking works to support this vision.