Our congregation community explores Christian faith and life through a number of programs, which collectively engage the head, heart and hands. Our church services and discussion groups are small, intentional communities committed to sharing life’s joys and sorrows together and exploring what it means to be the ‘people of God in Paddington’.
Paddington Uniting identifies itself with the ’emerging church’ movement. The model of emerging church does not assume a highly constructed model of being church, but begins to empower a gathered community to explore what it means to be church in an authentic way that communities self-discern.
Key to this is the changing the currency of traditional church communities from seeing belief, behaving then belonging as the hierarchical structure, to the exact opposite. Belonging is foremost, then the exploration of behaving, and if you like the last place is to codify belief. This model is open to the self-discerning of the Spirit and honours contextual questions. This means that all are welcome to come and join in the communal discernment of God’s mission, without being subject to a test of doctrine.
The reflection points of the community are still Christian, such as the Bible and Eucharist, but the plan is that liturgy, music, and any rhythm of life practice are not just something that is sourced elsewhere but created in our own space.