All Saints Church BansteadSt Paul's Church Nork, BansteadSt Ann's Church BansteadUnited Reformed Church BansteadMethodist Church Banstead

The Banstead Five Churches Covenant

We, the Ministers and Congregations of these churches in Banstead and Nork:
St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church
The United Reformed Church of Banstead
All Saints’ Church of England (Banstead)
St. Paul’s Church of England (Nork)
Banstead Methodist Church

confess to our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour according to the Scriptures, and acknowledge our calling to serve him in the world. We give thanks for all that we have in common; but recognise that our lack of unity is a hindrance to that calling. We repent of all that has been sinful in our divisions.

Since we recognise in one another the faith in one Gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed in Scripture, and in the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds; and since we recognise one another as within the one Body of Jesus Christ, pledged to serve his kingdom, and sharing the unit of the Spirit.

We therefore covenant together to make visible the unity of Christ’s people in our neighbourhood, not yet knowing what form that unity may eventually take, but believing that, by taking the steps to which we now commit ourselves, we shall be led to a fuller understanding of that unity which is Christ’s will for all his people.

We pray for the divine gifts of love and grace to enable us to work together and therefore we pledge ourselves:

  • to foster a growing unity in prayer, worship and fellowship;
  • to learn to value the spiritual traditions of all Churches for the glory of the Father;
  • to support each other in deepening and renewing our several traditions for the enrichment of all members;
  • to explore our Christian convictions and their practical application;
  • to co-operate as Churches in ministry and pastoral care;
  • to work as a team in caring for the community;
  • to co-operate in Christian witness;
  • to develop and extend our activities in Christian education and training.

We would hope that when new ministers are appointed it will be acknowledged that the special needs of the covenanted churches should be borne in mind by the church authorities, which should involve prior consultation.

The operation of this project shall be reviewed from time to time and at least after every period of five years.

To this end we place ourselves in the hands of God that he may use our endeavours to achieve his purpose.