CHESS (formerly The Home Service) is a Christian organisation. As such its members have many shared values and shared beliefs, which reflect our common commitment to Christ. But, we know, there are also many matters on which they hold differing views. We encourage our members to respect these differences.

When the original Home Service Committee met early in 1992, it decided the basis of membership should be an adherence to a few core beliefs. That would enable it to serve families from many different denominations. At the same time committee members would be expected to subscribe to a fuller set of doctrines. These would form a basis for our working close together and contribute towards preserving the Christian nature of the organisation.