The word ‘Presbyterian’ comes from the Greek word for elder 'presbyteros'. Democratically appointed elders make collective decisions at every level of our denomination’s structure.We have orthodox Christian beliefs, based on the Bible. We believe in the Trinity, that Christ died as the only sacrifice to make us able to come to God.We believe that whatever happens, God is in control and that we may know his love simply through personal trust. There is nothing we can do to get his favour; it is a free gift. That is a brief summary of what we believe. As it happens Presbyterians have a detailed, 33 chapters (albeit small chapters!) c 16,000 word statement of our beliefs. Its called the Westminster confession of faith. See the next page to read it in full.