St Mary's and All Souls MISSION POLICY
As part of our new church strategic vision our missions support policy has undergone a major review.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
This is a time of change for our churches as we look to God for the way forward in our strategic vision. We live in a fast moving world and mission has changed enormously in the last decade. Can we reflect the new opportunities God is giving us as we refresh our support for and active involvement in mission?
Our current mission involvements:
OXTRAD - Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy and Dialogue
Oxtrad seeks to enable Christian workers and pastors to engage with these challenges and to bring the Gospel to bear on the important questions they face. Heightening tensions between the West and Islamic countries in the Middle East, Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, for example, have impacted Christians and churches in the region. The Oxtrad vision arises from the growing challenge of international religious extremism, terrorism and ideological secularism faced today by Christian leaders and the churches they lead.
Oxtrad is a venture of faith and vocation. We depend on the prayer, support and generosity of Christians to make this vision a reality.Most of all, we seek to glorify God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in all we do for God’s Church and God’s world.
For more information visit Bishop Michael Nazirali's website
Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali - current President
of OXTRAD and former Bishop of Rochester
Toilet Twinning -
Our Lent Collection this year aims to raise at least £480. We will twin all our church toilets with toilets in the two thirds or majority world. 2.4 billion people don’t have somewhere safe, clean and hygienic to go to the loo. That’s more than a third of the people on the planet.
It costs £60 to twin your toilet, we help those in desperate poverty to have access to a proper latrine, clean water and the information they need to be healthy.
Our church toilets becomes the proud owner of a certificate, complete with a colour photo of its twin and GPS coordinates so we can look up our twin on Google Maps.
Lent envelopes will be available from Ash Wednesday and will be collected on Easter Sunday.
More information can be found here http://www.toilettwinning.org/