At St Mark’s we are inspired by the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you”
and Isaiah 1:17 “Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.”
St Mark’s partners with mission agencies and individuals who proclaim and demonstrate the gospel, and bring lasting change to society. We send and support missionaries abroad as well as take part in mission trips.
We are privileged to be supporting organisations that make a real difference not only to one person or family, but contribute to wider and just changes in society. To mention a few, the ministry of Restore in the Pollsmoor prison in South Africa, Mike Campbell’s Foundation in Zimbabwe, the global work of Middle East Media, Frontiers and OMF, and 24/7 Prayer in Ibiza. Equally we are proud to be supporting the UK-based ministries, such as SASRA, Home for Good, CAP, London City Mission and Christian Concern.
Here are some international partnerships that St Mark’s is involved with:
After many years of praying for the persecuted church, we have now formalised our partnership with Open Doors
(UK) and became an official mission partner in 2017.
Open Doors serves persecuted Christians and churches in 60 countries, and supply Bibles, leadership training, literacy programmes, livelihood support and advocacy services. They also seek to mobilise the church in the UK & Ireland to serve Christians living under religious persecution.
St Mark’s is committed to the prayer and financial support, and are prepared to visit the suffering brothers and sisters abroad, as well as to welcome them here.
Please join us in praying for the persecuted church
every second Tuesday of the month, from 7.15-8am in the Durie Hall. We are praying for the 50 most persecuted countries in the world, listed on the World Watch List
is a humanitarian organisation inspired by Christian faith to relieve human suffering in some of the world’s most remote and devastated places. Every time a disaster strikes a country, Medair rushes to bring relief and recovering services, such as health care and nutrition, safe water, sanitation, hygiene, shelter and infrastructure.
Our partnership with Medair goes back a long way, and a number of St Mark’s members worked for Medair in the field. St Mark’s have done regular Christmas appeals and the generous support went to Syria, Iraq and Nepal in the recent years.
This autumn Medair is bringing a Refugee Tent to give us a taste of what it means for a Sudanese refugee to live in a tent.
is passionate about ending poverty in the world, and so is St Mark’s. Working through local churches to unlock people's potential, Tearfund’s model has inspired not only us, but many other churches with their vision.
In 2006, Tearfund set an ambitious target: a ten-year vision was launched to see 50 million people lifted out of material and spiritual poverty through a worldwide network of 100,000 local churches.
A decade on, the statistics are striking. In ten years, Tearfund has touched the lives of more than 45 million people and mobilised more than 154,000 local churches to achieve this vision.
Tearfund has spoken up with many poor communities, and acted on their behalf, and seen more than 300 policies influenced and changed as a result.