Our vision as a church says:
The Church we see is compassionate towards the poor in many nations and pro-active in providing for their needs.
In 2011 we adopted a Mission’s Policy based upon Acts 1:8 that was Jesus call to his disciples to be witnesses to “Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth.” For us in Lancaster today we have applied this as “Lancaster, the UK, Europe and the ends of the earth.”
As a church, our desire was that missions would not just be something that is “bolted on” to our church activity, but rather that our mission’s ministry was an integral part of what we do, and that the organisations we supported shared our “DNA” so that we were not supporting work abroad that we were not doing at home.
From this we decided to support one or two organisations in each area, and set aside a sum equal to 10% of our income from the previous year that is then shared between each of the different organisations relative to their needs. In addition we agreed to commit to 2 gift days per annum.
But our desire was not just to support financially; it was to support relationally as well. Mission’s trips were recognised as being a means to both:
- Support our mission’s partners through gaining a greater understanding of their needs, establishing trust and building a stronger relationship; and
- Help us disciple each other in our faith through service and experience of another culture.For more information on our policy, please contact the church office.
When are we going?
We will be going for 1 week in September 2013. Subject to confirming numbers and booking flights, we plan to fly Friday 6th September returning Friday 13th September
We will be providing a series of compulsory training days to prepare the team for the trip—including cultural familiarization practicalities and team working