In John’s Gospel we read, ‘Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus.
Andrew was never the same after he met Jesus and of course he is not the only one. Christ Church is full of people whose lives have been transformed for good by Jesus Christ and we are therefore passionate about sharing his gospel with others. Andrew gives us a model of how we can do that, by inviting friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to a place where they can meet Jesus, not in person but in his Word, the Bible.
So we host different events throughout the year especially with the guest in mind. These will often lead into a Christianity Explored course (http://christianityexplored.org/) which we run once a term to introduce those who are keen to investigate further.
We also aim to make all our Sunday services as welcoming and accessible as possible so those who walk in off the street or are new to the Christian faith can relax and feel at home.
Finally, every follower of Jesus has their own story and we delight to train and equip one another to share the hero of our stories with those that have yet to meet him.
What do we do?
- Educate the church family by raising awareness or world mission, both at home and overseas, teaching people how to pray and building a close partnership between church family and our mission partners.
- Challenge the church to pray faithfully and to give generously to world mission, and to help individuals to discern a possible calling to the mission field.
- Support our mission partners, with a focus on those called to long-term service and encouraging others in short-term mission and supporting the evangelistic activities of organisations in this country and overseas.
Part of our budget is set aside for short term mission trips and this year we will have seen members of our church family head out to South Africa and Kenya with Mission organisations.
We aim to support our mission partners through regular communication, prayer and giving. We support both longer term mission partners who are serving overseas, UK-based individuals, organisations and churches, and we help with training costs and evangelistic activities as opportunities arise.
For further details about our mission partners and the Mission Support Group (MSG) please visit the MSG noticeboard at the back of church for updates about mission and prayer letters.
How you can get involved?
If you are interested in getting involved in either short or long-term mission, please do speak to one of the Mission Support Group: Rachel Browning, Mike Wygard, Fiona Smail, Sarah Dalzell, Katy Burton and Nicola Pearson.
For more information please download our Mission Matters bookmark or email: firstname.lastname@example.org