In the Bible we see how God cares for everyone in the world, and our response as Christians is to reflect this care, and support others doing likewise. This is what we call mission. Mission takes on many forms. It starts with our neighbours and spans the world. It is practical and spiritual, showing care for the whole person.
At St. John's we have always believed that as a church – a body of people – we should make special efforts to help the weak and vulnerable in the world. We are engaged in Mission Action Planning, finding ways to serve our local community, as well as continuing our support those Christians working in key areas and in difficult circumstances overseas.
In practice we provide regular support, in terms of prayer and finance, to
- a church in a poor township in Lentaguer, South Africa
- a young British couple in Burundi, who are setting up a programme for training disabled and disadvantaged local people in physical and life-affirming skills
- a nursery school in Arua, Uganda for very young refugee children
- a missionary in India working with the Church Missionary Society
- Kids-to-Kids – a school programme set up for the welfare and education for children from the poorest slums in Nairobi. Children's Church: Living Waters has adopted this as its giving project