Loving Well,

One Person

At a Time

What We're Aiming For

For us, success is about loving well, one person at a time.

Jesus saw every person as having equal value to anyone else. Sadly, most of us have the unhealthy tendency to view people as either superior and worthy of pandering to, or somehow inferior and to be used for personal gain.

That's why for us, we think Jesus shows us that success is loving people well, one person at a time. Not worshiping them or using them. Instead, slowing and simplifying things down to the pace of love (1 Cor 13). When we get to the end of a day, we don’t want our life to be marked by fear as we've been around those we perhaps deem more powerful and have not been frustrated as we've hurried along those who somehow we see as inferior.

Being unhurried in the presence of the poor.

Being unfazed in the presence of the powerful.

A church for both the poor and the powerful.

If each of us despite our chaotic lives, can simply make a life priority to look one person in the eyes at a time, and think, "What does Jesus' love look like right now for this person?" then we believe when we look back, we will be shocked by how much Jesus has done.

Our desire is to love well, one person at a time.

We think it's the Jesus way.

Sunday gatherings

Resuming in August 2021

Join us Sundays at 10:30am for a rich time of connecting, prayer, scripture reading, and teaching. It doesn’t matter where you’re at in your spiritual journey, this is a safe place to simply come and observe.

We’re currently meeting at LUX-SF in the Dogpatch neighborhood:

2325 3rd Street, Suite #347
San Francisco, CA 94107

Our Story

Tom Shaw was born and raised in the UK where he served as lead elder at The City Church in Canterbury, UK and was instrumental in planting many churches worldwide. Eventually Tom, along with his wife, Josie, and their three daughters, Daisy, Lily, and Poppy, moved to California where Tom served on staff at Radiant Church for two years and published his first book, The Comfort Delusion

They’ve now settled in San Francisco to plant Sanctuary Church. Alongside a deep passion to see churches started and strengthened both locally and globally, Tom has a deep love for curry, coffee, and conversation.

Sanctuary Kids

At Sanctuary Kids our biggest aim is for every child to feel known and valued by both God and the wider Church. So all kids are welcome to attend our Sunday gathering at 10:30am. 

We also want our kids to grow in their knowledge and understanding of who God is and how they can live out their faith through the power of the Holy Spirit. To help with this journey, we offer two different kids classes – the nursery for 0-4 and the kids class for 4+.

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