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:
We support Tim & Kathy Hyde working with Church Army in Southampton.
You can find out more about this by visiting the Church Army in Southampton website
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
Global Vision Prayer News
Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali at OXTRAD asks prayer as follows:
It was a privilege to address a gathering of heads and senior officers of the Police forces in England and Wales on a proper basis for community relations. On St Valentine’s Day, I arrived in Uganda to preach at the 40th Anniversary Commemoration of Archbishop Janani Luwum’s martyrdom (16 February). This day is now a public holiday and the congregation of 10,000 included the Prime Minister and the Vice-President. Some discussion has begun about a possible consultation on reaching unreached groups in Northern Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, with the emphasis on Christian missionaries from the Islamic world working among such groups. Please pray for this possibility and the resources for it. To bring together some 25-30 people around £25,000 will be needed. Please continue to pray for the right people to come for the consultation of younger leaders in business this coming September and for adequate resources to see us through. Please pray for Karl and Richard as they prepare to attend this
Toilet Twinning -
Our Lent Collection this year aimed to raised money to 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 have now become the proud owners of certificates, complete with a colour photos of their twin and GPS coordinates so we can look up our twins on Google Maps.