GO… Long-term mission, short-term mission, visiting mission partners
St Mary’s has a long history as a sending church, and we currently support long-term mission partners in Africa and the Arab World, as well as supporting UK-based partners. Our mission partners are very much part of our church family and we hold regular events to update the congregation about their work and family life; over recent years we have held a number of successful mission partners events in the summer when many of them are back in the UK.
Short-term mission is also an important part of church life in St Mary’s, and members of all ages are encouraged to go on short-term trips, whether as a family, on a Gap-year, a professional sabbatical or in later life. Recently individuals have gone on short-term trips to Sri Lanka, Uganda , South Africa and Tanzania (school trip, through TearFund).
ENGAGE… making informed choices that affect people around the world
As a response to the fact that world mission is changing, with fewer mission partners going out long-term, we are increasingly looking at ways in which we can impact the world from the UK.
International Justice issues – we look to raise awareness of international justice issues, supporting the work of International Justice Mission, StoptheTraffik and TearFund
Humanitarian and aid programmes – we host clothes and medial collections for the Samara’s Aid Appeal for refugees in the Middle East
Fairtrade – St Mary’s is a Fairtrade church; we hold a regular Tradecraft stall and support Fairtrade events, and we are also involved with a campaign to make Reigate a Fairtrade town
Prayer is a vital part of global mission and we are constantly looking at ways in which we can intercede for the needs of the world, particularly in the areas of persecuted Christians, international justice issues, and humanitarian disasters.