The great thing about the local church is that we are also part of a global church. One way we express this sense of belonging is through links we form with different people, projects and organisations committed to extending God’s kingdom locally, nationally and globally. We commit to support these through prayer, personal contact and financial giving.
Heather Clements leads the Mission Support Team. You can contact her through the Church Office.
These 8 principles guide our decisions on mission support:
- Mission support should be global as well as local (Global mission agencies; Global mission – specific projects; Local Mission)
- It should be well directed (limited to key partners) but reflect diversity of projects and partners – both geographically and thematically.
- Mission support should wherever possible be based on meaningful relationships.
- It is essential that there should be a “champion” within the church who can act as a contact point for each mission partner & be responsible for regular updates/literature etc
- Opportunities for mission feedback and input should be planned into the annual cycle of Sunday services.
- To start with (2014) we will aim to give 10% of our income to our mission partners
- Part of our mission giving should be set aside as a contingency fund – to be used to respond to emergency requests.
- Part of our mission giving should be set aside as a fund to support any of our church members engaging in short term mission.
This month’s Mission Focus is Bible Society.
Bible Society has been working to bring the Bible to life; to help people around the world engage with it, relate to it, and make sense of it for over 200 years. When individuals and communities engage with the Bible, lives can change – for good.
That single mission drives a huge range of activities. In some parts of the world, bringing the Bible to life focuses on translation and distribution projects. Elsewhere it focuses on leadership training or literacy programmes. Closer to home, in England and Wales, it focuses on advocacy effort, schools outreach and devotional resources.
In the continuing Covid-19 crisis, when so many people around the world are experiencing much uncertainty, anxiety and suffering, we have heard many reports of people turning to the Bible (especially in China) for help and hope at this challenging time. Praise God that even in the midst of such a crisis God is working and people are turning to him.
Check out the Bible Society website for inspiring stories and relevant resources: www.biblesociety.org.uk
Please pray for Bible Society’ work in China through the China Partnership
- An estimated 1 million people come to faith in China each year. Thank God for the incredible growth of the church in China despite the difficulties faced by many Christians.
- One of the biggest challenges facing the church in China is the lack of church leaders. It is estimated there is just one pastor for every 6,700 Christians. Please pray for more Chinese pastors to be trained and properly resourced.
- Many believers live in remote rural areas and are served by dedicated lay preachers who often travel thousands of miles on foot each year to care for their churches. Thank God that Bible Society has been able to fund motorcycles to aid such workers.
- New Christians need Bibles and Bible teaching (and sometimes help with literacy). Pray for the ongoing work of Amity Press who print millions of Bibles each year.
- Following the Covid-19 crisis and serious flooding in parts of China last summer, thousands of people are grieving and emotionally wounded. Please pray for our team in China who are hoping to offer Bible-based trauma healing programmes to many. Pray that permission will be given by the Chinese authorities.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT FOR BIBLE SOCIETY!
Please pray regularly for all our Mission partners.
For more details on each partner and their specific prayer needs click the links below, and/or look at our Mission wall beside the door to the creche.
You can also download or print our Mission Prayer and Information Card to help in your prayer support – click here to access.
Global Mission – specific projects:
- Women Worker’s Training Centre, Tamil Nadu (S.India) – vocational & community development
- Andrew & Maria Leake (CMS – N. Argentina) – land rights for indigenous people
- The Jerusalem & the Middle East Church Association (JMECA) – medical work in Gaza and Egypt
- The Sunflower Fellowship that funds Casa Valentin in Romania
- Mothers Union – prison work in the UK
Short Term Mission Fund