What a fantastic evening we had at our Annual Vision Celebration last week, launching our vision: Helping People Come Home to God. The themes of house and home run throughout the Bible, but one key verse for us appears in Jesus’ parable of the great banquet:
“Go out… and urge anyone you find to come in, that my house will be full.” Luke:14:23
A major aspect of home is family, and in the coming year, as part of our vision, we’ll be focusing on our immediate family, our extended family, and our future family.
Our immediate family
Church is not an event we go to but a family we belong to. Our immediate family is our church family at St Mark’s. This makes Sunday, and indeed Wednesday for those at COW, a key homecoming. We’ll be seeking to help one another in our ongoing journey home to God in all kinds of ways in the coming year, through courses like the Wholeness Course
and Discipleship Explored
; through training, including leadership training; prayer training and worship training at our new Going Deeper
worship conference. We’ll be journeying together through groups such as homegroups and children’s and youth groups; and crucially, as we gather together our whole church family at our Church Weekend Away
in June (NB families with under 18s - please note booking deadline of 1 May!)
Our extended family
We have family locally, but also globally
, as we at St Mark’s are united with our brothers and sisters in Christ across the world. Through partnerships and prayer with organisations like Open Doors, we will support the persecuted church around the world. Furthermore we will help people come home to God, around the globe, as we continue in Gospel partnership with our mission partners; and in our support of the work of Compassion and IJM.
Our future Family
Vitally, we will also focus on those who’ve not yet come home to God for the first time. We’ll seek to support and equip one another to help people home through personal evangelism in our different contexts. We’ll ask how our community ministries act as milestones helping people come home to God; and how they can be even more effective in doing so. This summer we’ll be hosting Come and See events such as the Sports Quiz
, Wandsworth Arts Fringe dance event
and Ice Cream Sunday
. Key Come and Hear events will be our summer Alpha Course
, starting 8 May; and Big Questions
Sunday with Rico Tice at the SIX on 30 June.
Living out this vision will not come without risk or cost. We’ll be challenging ourselves with the question – Would you risk the house for the sake of home? What are we willing to give in terms of our love, money, time, prayers, testimony, hospitality, and service in order to help people come home to God either for the first time or as part of a continuing adventure of life with Him?
Do visit our giving page
, complete a pledge form in church, or contact Jo Mead
if you would like to contribute by giving towards the family running costs: we would love to provide you with more information.
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