Spreading the Good News
Sharing God's Love
Locally - Nationally - Internationally
At St Mark we are committed to supporting God's work both in our local community, nationally and internationally.
To find out more about world mission at St Mark do speak to any of the World Mission Team. This is headed up by Peter Sibley.
Why focus on World Mission?
We believe we are called as a church to play our part in spreading the good news...:
"Go and make disciples of all nations"" (Matthew 28:19)
...and sharing God's love, particularly with those in most need:
"Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless, maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed, rescue the weak and needy" (Psalm 82:3-4)
We are extremely grateful for all that God has provided for us as a church both individually and corporately, and want to express this gratitude by being a generous sending church - generous in people, generous in prayer, generous in giving.
How can you get involved?
We are keen to support our mission partners in prayer, and will be having regular mission prayer meetings in the coming year. In addition there are specific prayer groups for Missions to Israel (Alma Blackshaw), CMS (Pat Edden) and the French Connection (Yvonne Burton). If you would like to know more about how you can join us in prayer for our missionaries then do get in touch with Pat Edden or Lucy Barbour.
Over the last year different members of our congregation have spent time serving God all over the world (Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia!) in a variety of roles including teaching, nursing, and working in orphanages. The World Mission Team is committed to supporting members of our congregation (both young and old) who want to serve God overseas or in this country. If you are interested in finding out more about how you could "go" long-term, or on a short-term team then do get in touch with any of the World Mission Team, and we will support you in finding opportunities.
Also, see Christian Vocations for ideas about long or short term mission opportunities.
The church currently sets aside a percentage of its budget to go towards mission giving which is shared between our mission partners. In addition, we organise other fundraising events throughout the year. In 2008 we were able to send over £10,000 to our mission partners.
If you would like to give to the work of our mission partners then please talk to Pete Babbage or Lucy Barbour.
Our Mission Partners
We support a variety of partners both in this country and overseas (click on the links below for more information):
To help St Mark Church engage with the World Wide Church by supporting God's work both in our local community, nationally and internationally.
Supporting Mission Partners – By making recommendations on behalf of the church for giving financial and prayer support to mission partners locally and worldwide
Promoting Mission Partners – By promoting the activity of our mission partners to help the congregation feel connected to the worldwide church
Encouraging Mission – By providing opportunities for the congregation to undertake short and long term mission
God our Father, hold us close to your world with your compelling love. Help us to share your Gospel of love and forgiveness, of justice and peace and of compassion and care within our community so that we will know our place, united within your Kingdom. Amen
CONTACT THE TEAM:
For more information on mission at St Mark please contact Peter Sibley
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- Use Fairtrade tea and coffee after services and for all meetings for which we have responsibility
- move forward on using other Fairtrade products such as sugar, chocolate and fruit
- promote Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight and during the year through events, worship and other activiites where posssible