What we believe
Holy Trinity aims to adhere to the teaching of the Bible as our supreme authority in matters of faith and conduct, and expressed in the doctrines of the historic formularies of the Church of England.
These historic foundations are the 39 Articles of Faith, The Book of Common Prayer and the Ordination Service which we take to mean what they meant when they were written.
Article 6 of the 39 articles best summarises our ethos as a church:
Holy Scripture contains all things necessary for salvation. Consequently whatever is not read in Scripture nor can be proved from Scripture cannot be demanded from any person to believe it as an article of the faith. Nor is any such thing to be thought necessary or required for salvation. By holy Scripture is meant those canonical books of the Old and New Testaments whose authority has never been doubted within the church.
As a result, we want to respect those who hold different opinions to ourselves in their intention to understand and apply what the Bible teaches.
As an Anglican church within the Church of England we are governed by Canon Law and recognise the particular importance of Canon A5 that states:
The doctrine of the Church of England is grounded in the Holy Scriptures, and in such teachings of the ancient Fathers and Councils of the Church as are agreeable to the said Scriptures. In particular such doctrine is to be found in the 39 Articles of Religion, the Book of Common Prayer, and the Ordinal.
We find the Reform Covenant with its underlying emphasis on evangelism, a helpful summary of what we believe, and in union with many anglicans around the world, the Holy Trinity Parochial Church Council (Leadership Council or PCC) reviews and re-adopts the Jerusalem Declaration, 2008, each year.
Holy Trinity PCC is also pleased to sign the Doctrinal Basis of Faith of the Sussex Gospel Partnership (SGP) and enjoys fellowship with many churches of different protestant denominations.