The Garden City Community Church is an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ which Renews and Strengthens its Commitment to Advocate Justice

and Equality for All People in all areas of society.

We, the members of the Garden City Community Church, affirm our faith in Jesus Christ and in the church that He called into being which, by His grace, welcomes all people.


We affirm that all persons are children of God. Therefore, all who demonstrate their desire to follow Christ and be a part of Christ's community by giving public consent to the covenant of our church are welcome to participate fully in the life and ministry of our congregation regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, physical and mental ability, social and economic status, and other differences that might otherwise distinguish us one from another.

As we Continue to Celebrate our Diversity, we are also Working to Build a Loving Fellowship where:

  • People are Supported and Families are Strengthened

  • Friends are Made and Hurts are Healed

  • Justice is Sought and the World is Served

  • God is Worshiped and, Above All, 

  • Jesus Christ is Lord 

What We Believe

  • That they may all be one (John 17:21). This motto of the United Church of Christ reflects the spirit of unity on which the church is based and points toward future efforts to heal the divisions in the body of Christ. We are a uniting church as well as a united church.

  • In essentials unity, in nonessentials diversity, in all things charity. The unity that we seek requires neither an uncritical acceptance of any point of view nor a rigid formulation of doctrine. It does require mutual understanding and agreement as to which aspects of the Christian faith and life are essential.

  • Testimonies of faith rather than tests of faith. Because faith can be expressed in many different ways, the United Church has no formula that is a test of faith. Down through the centuries, however, Christians have shared their faith with one another through creeds, confessions, catechisms, and other statements of faith. Historic statements such as the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Heidleberg Catechism, the Evangelical Catechism, the Augsburg Confession, the Cambridge Platform, and the Kansas City Statement of Faith are valued as authentic testimonies of faith.

  • There is yet more light and truth to break forth from God’s Holy Word. This classic statement assumes the primacy of the Bible as our source for understanding the good news and as foundational for all statements of faith. It recognizes that the Bible, though written in specific historical times and places, still speaks to us in our present condition because God is still a speaking God. It declares that the study of Scripture is not limited by past interpretations but is to be pursued with expectancy for new insights and help for living today.

  • The priesthood of all believers. All members of the United Church of Christ are called to minister to others and to participate as equals in the common worship of God, each with direct access to the mercies of God through personal prayer and devotion. 

  • Recognition is given to those among us who have received special training in pastoral, priestly, educational and administrative functions, but these persons are regarded as ministers – servants – rather than as persons in authority. Their task is to guide, to instruct, and to enable all Christians to do the work of ministry rather than to do the work of ministry for us.

  • Responsible Freedom. As individual members, we are free to believe and act in accordance with our perception of God’s will for our lives. But we are called to live in a loving covenantal relationship with one another – gathering in communities of faith, congregations of believers, and local churches.                                                                                        Each congregation or local church is free to act in accordance with the collective decisions of its members, guided by the working of the Spirit in the light of the Scriptures. But it is also called to live in a covenantal relationship with other congregations for the sharing of insights and for cooperative action.

 

This is the challenge of the United Church of Christ

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