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Why We Care

Railway Mission

Railway Mission was founded in 1881 by a group of people who were concerned for the spiritual and pastoral welfare of railway workers. A lot has changed since our charity’s early days, but our reasons for being here have not.

It’s our aim that nobody on the railways should feel alone, and our Christian ethos motivates us to care for as many people as possible – regardless of their own beliefs.

While our chaplains and trustees are all members of the Christian faith, Railway Mission is not connected to any one particular Church, and, in today’s modern multi-cultural society, we approach everyone with sensitivity and care.

Our Statement of Faith

Our Statement of Faith is a brief expression of Christian confidence and of the Christian values found in the one true God, who is revealed in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

As disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, we bear witness to the one living God, revealed through the Bible. The presence and hope of the kingdom of God shape and motivate our mission through evangelism, compassionate service, active pursuit and care for His creation.

We accept those areas of doctrinal teaching on which, historically, there has been general agreement among all true Christians. We desire to allow for freedom of conviction on other doctrinal matters, provided that any interpretation is based upon the Bible, and that no such interpretation shall become an issue which hinders the ministry to which God has called us.

We Believe In:

  • The Divine inspiration and inerrancy of the Old and New Testaments as the Word of God. Its infallible authority in all matters relating to faith and practise.
  • The Unity of the Godhead and Trinity of persons therein (God the Creator and Father of all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son and the Holy Spirit, guide to all truth).
  • The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, His incarnation through the virgin birth and His true but absolutely sinless humanity, His infallibility as teacher whose every word is authoritative, His death upon the Cross as a propitiatory and substitutionary sacrifice for sin, His bodily resurrection and ascension and His intercession as the High Priest of His people, His future personal and glorious Second Advent.
  • The fall of man, the guilt and total depravity of human nature in consequence, the only remedy for sin through repentance and the new birth regeneration by the Holy Spirit, justification by faith alone and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in every believer for sanctification.
  • The resurrection of the dead, the judgement of the world by the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal blessedness of the believer, and the eternal punishment of the unbeliever.

Our Chaplaincy Lifestyle Statement

We believe that the Bible calls us to a distinctive lifestyle of discipleship. Our ministry requires us to demonstrate that lifestyle of discipleship, as we are likely to influence others.

Such a lifestyle includes regular Bible reading and prayer, and active involvement in a Christian fellowship. It is marked by a selfless attitude to money, possessions, time, work, leisure, social action and relationships. It demonstrates moral standards including an acceptance that the only appropriate place for a sexual relationship is within a marriage between a man and a woman.

While we recognise that, as fallen people, we often fall short of this ideal, we believe that grace and forgiveness are always available to those who repent. We nevertheless expect that all working for us will be committed to work towards achieving such a lifestyle with God’s help.