There is a real heart for mission at St Mark's and this shows in the many ways we reach out to, and engage with, the community of Kempshott. In Autumn 2012 the PCC developed a Mission Action Plan (MAP) which captures all that is currently going on at Saint Mark's as well as the visions and hopes for the future of our missionary groups. This MAP has been summarised and is made available here as an encouragement, as a source for prayer and to provide contacts if you wish to get involved in any of our mission work. Our updated plan will be ready to read or download shortly.
As well as praying regularly for all our mission work, we use 10 percent of our income to support three specific missions. We are also linked with other agencies which we support in practical ways.
We have a tangible connection to Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) through David and Jen Pett and their sons who are based in Australia. Jen is sister to Sue Wood from our own congregation. David is a MAF pilot and Training Captain for the Asia Pacific Region and Uganda in Africa. He is responsible for training pilots to negotiate mountainous regions and make landings on difficult runways in swamps and jungles in changeable climatic conditions. He also visits MAF programmes around the region ensuring that MAF standards are maintained. MAF delivers relief workers, doctors, pastors, school books, food, medicines and carries out emergency rescues. It is a lifeline to thousands of people living in isolated communities. Link Person Sue Wood. More details from Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF)
Compassion is an international evangelical Christian child sponsorship organisation and we are privileged to have Sue & Will Hooper and Kim Robins from our fellowship as Compassion Advocates. Saint Mark's has a church link with the East African Pentecostal Church in Kiugu and their Compassion funded project in the village. Through the link, individuals in the church support the education and development of 57 children through direct sponsorship.
On August 9th a group of ten people from St Mark's visted two Compassion Projects in Keyna. For more details and photos of the trip please click on the following here. Link persons Sue and Will Hooper. More details from Compassion.
Mission to Kempshott is about getting out into the community, reaching into the heart of Kempshott and listening to its cry. In particular we are currently focussing on our work with the elderly and with young persons' groups.
To find out more about Compassion, MAF and our Mission to Kempshott please contact the link people.
We also support the following agencies:
- Basingstoke Town Chaplaincy
- Buckingham Court
- Children's Society
- Christian Aid
- Christian Hope International
- May Place
- Stop the Traffik