“Declare His glory among the nations, His marvellous deeds among all peoples.” (1 Chronicles 16:24)
We believe that one of the purposes of the Church is to make the Good News of Jesus known in our town, nation and world. That’s why “equipping people to serve others” is one of our five vision statements.
Each month we focus on a different mission organisation. They might be local, national or international. Some are large charities that you may have heard of, like Tearfund; others, like the Fifield family, have a personal connection with our church. All of them seek to make Jesus known by serving people in need.
Every organisation has a representative in the church who will give a presentation about the work and needs of the organisation, and write an article for The View, our monthly newsletter, before the start of their focus month. A proportion of the church’s regular giving for that month will be given, and anyone who wants to give an addition donation can do so using the envelopes available in church, marking the name of the organisation on the back. Most importantly, we can pray for the organisation and the people they serve, at the prayer meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of the month (7:45 p.m, Hyndman Centre), in the Sunday services and at home.
If you would like to know more about the organisations listed below, take a look at their websites or the notice board at the back of church, or speak to the representatives on a Sunday morning.
Mission Focus for 2017
|Month||Mission||What they do||Website||St Mary’s Representative|
|February||The Fifields at Bingham Academy
|Teach the children of missionaries and expatriates in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia||http://www.sim.co.uk/missionary/tom-and-jemma-fifield-ellie-and-miriam||Dorothy Haile|
|March||Bury Town Pastors
|Provide help and support to vulnerable people in the town centre at night||http://www.burytownpastors.org.uk/||Brian Jones|
|April||Dalit Freedom Network
|Work to prevent trafficking of Dalits in India
|Provide a home for orphaned children in Zimbabwe||http://crossandresurrection.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/montgomery-heights-christian-childrens.html||Elizabeth Coningsby|
|Serve persecuted Christians worldwide through prayer, resources and advocacy||http://www.opendoorsuk.org/||Dawn Buttress|
|July/August||Serving in Mission||Share the good news of Christ worldwide||http://www.sim.co.uk/||Dorothy Haile|
|Connect local young people to Jesus||http://www.bcy.org.uk/||John Walker|
|Christians passionate about ending poverty worldwide||http://www.tearfund.org/||Elizabeth Coningsby|
|December||Sporting87||Football club committed to developing the faith of its members||http://sporting87.co.uk/||Darren Brown|