HERITAGE

CHRISTIAN

CHURCH

 

BELIEFS

Our History

Heritage is part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination of North America. The denomination grew out of two movements seeking Christian unity that sprang up almost simultaneously in western Pennsylvania and Kentucky which began in the early 1800s. Heritage started meeting at Cloverly Elementary School in October 1964 and moved to its current location in February 1967.

 

Our Beliefs

God is the maker of heaven and earth, and it is God’s covenant of love which binds us to one another. Jesus is the Christ and the Son of the living God. He is the Lord and Savior of the world. In the communion of the Holy Spirit we are joined together in discipleship and in obedience to Christ.

 

The Bible is the inspired word of God and is best heard and understood within the community of faith with the diverse insight that context provides.

 

Baptism, regardless of method, is an act of faith. Through baptism into Christ we enter into newness of life and are made one with the whole people of God.

 

Holy Communion, offered weekly, celebrates the saving act and presence of Christ in our lives. As part of the one body of Christ, everyone is welcome at the Lord’s Table, as God has welcomed us.

 

Prayer is key to a healthy and active spiritual life and that all things are possible through Him.

 

Our Attitudes

We are a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.

 

We recognize that the traditions of the whole church are many and varied.

 

We celebrate diversity as strength rather than weakness and believe that God provides spiritual gifts to all and roles in the life of the church, regardless of gender.

 

Lay persons are a key part of the life of the church. It is important that they are permitted and encouraged to do all things, including presiding and offering the Eucharistic prayers at the Lord's Table.

Earnest prayer for the unity of the church and attempts to work in ways that bridge the separation of Christ's body are essential.

 

In Christ’s name and by His grace, mission of witness and service to all people are an integral part of our walk with God.

 

The Bottom Line

Our God is a loving God who forgives our human frailities.  He calls us to love one another as well.  His Son, Jesus Christ, taught us a new commandment, "... love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12)

 

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