Our mission at St Mary's is to share the life-changing love of Jesus, serving our whole community
Sharing Jesus and serving the church community
We believe that as the Church grows in our love and understanding of Jesus then we will be better equipped and motivated to share the life-changing love of Jesus with others. As well as our regular services, we have a number of small groups, fellowship groups and youth groups which help us strengthen our faith and our love for each other. Further details of these groups can be found elsewhere on the website.
Sharing Jesus and serving the local community
Within the local community we look to share the love of Jesus through our relationships, our words and through providing practical help and support.
Sharing Jesus and serving the worldwide community
Further afield we look to share the love of Jesus by providing prayer, financial and practical support to others who share our vision. This may be those called to a specific ministry nationally or internationally or those living or working in their local communities.
St Mary’s is committed to supporting specific mission activities through our financial giving. Recognising that God blesses us more than we could ever imagine we have an annual gift day and these funds are directed towards other projects that provide opportunities to share the life-changing love of Jesus with others.
To read more about our Mission Partners, please click here.
In addition to those ongoing partnerships, the church family also supported the following projects financially through our Gift Day in May:
Alagwaisi Scripture Translation [with Africa Inland Mission (AIM)]
Aiming to give a portion of Scripture to a previously unreached people group in their mother tongue for the first time, truly sharing the life-changing love of Jesus, in our wider world community.
Our Gift Day offering was used to cover the cost of a two week training workshop so that Alagwa people can be trained in translation principles and in the various tools that they will need to use.
House of Bread at Burmington Mill
The House of Bread is a Christian retreat and conference centre and a resource to people from all over the country and beyond. The House of Bread has flooded 3 times in 5 years, and so we provided them with an industrial-size wet vacuum machine, to aid rapid recovery after flood so that they can be permanently ready for the next floods, which are not likely to be far away.
St Mary's School Support
Part of our Gift Day offering set up a Bursary Fund to help to enable children, who otherwise might be unable, to go on school trips and weeks away. We also extended a token of love and appreciation as a church family, by offering all of the staff an enjoyable meal as a blessing from us to let them know just how much we value all they do for the children in our community.
How can people have faith in the Lord and ask him to save them, if they have never heard…? (Romans 10.14 CEV)
To “share the life-changing love of Jesus, serving our whole community” means that everyone needs to be able to hear properly when they come in for the many events held in the church during the year, as well as, of course, when they come to join us in worship on a Sunday morning.
For a long time now, our sound system at St Mary’s has not been up to the job and to address this, our Gift Day offering will help us towards installing a reliable and high-quality sound offering.