The mission of the Church is to follow in the steps of Jesus; bringing support and comfort to those in need, helping those who seek to find God, growing as individuals in faith and love by drawing nearer to Him. The Gospel, or Good News, of Jesus shows us the depth of his compassion for all those around him, no matter what their circumstances. Our mission today is to be faithful to his ministry in everything that we say and do.
Jesus shows us through his work and teaching how important it is to care for the poor and disadvantaged in society. This is why mission giving is such an important part of our Christian work in St Mary’s Platt. We are very fortunate that there are so many people, in so many organisations, locally, nationally and internationally working to bring help, encouragement and hope to those in need. Through supporting some of these organisations we are able to see the word and work of Jesus reach those who would otherwise be beyond our reach.
Charities we are supporting in 2016
- First Quarter – Platt School Governors Fund, MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship)
- Second Quarter – Sevenoaks Counselling, Barnabas Fund
- Third Quarter – Poverty and Hope Appeal, Our Link Parish, St Faith’s, Budiriro.
- October – Our own children’s work
- November – The Poppy Appeal
- December – The Children’s Society, Tunbridge Wells Churches Winter Shelter
The Church has a number of parish visitors who will go to the homes of those who would appreciate a visit. Sometimes more practical help is offered, always those visited are prayed for – privately by the visitor and, if desired, during the visit. This ministry is greatly valued by all, and especially those who are unwell, bereaved or feeling isolated. If you would like someone to visit, or know of someone who would appreciate a friendly face popping round, you can send a request using the form on the Contacts page. Back
Prayer is, of course, a joy and a privilege for us all, but sometimes it needs to be coordinated. When we receive requests for prayer that can be shared with a wider circle of pray-ers, Hazel Pilgrim will ensure that they are alerted to the prayer need. If you have a need that you would like us to pray for, or you would like to ask for prayer for someone else, you can send us a request on the Prayer Requests page. Back
The church runs a Traidcraft stall after the 8.00am service on the second Sunday and after the 10.30am service on the first and third Sundays. This gives the congregation a chance to buy goods that have been fairly traded, giving the growers and craftspeople of third world countries a fair proportion of the profits made in international commerce. Not only does the stall give people access to some beautifully crafted goods, but it also promotes awareness of some of the injustices in the trade systems and helps to stimulate the market for fairtrade goods, which in turn encourages large retailers to stock ethically traded produce. Back
The church Explorers sponsor a young girl called Brenda Nangobi who lives in Nabwigulu, Uganda. The sponsorship money goes towards providing much needed facilities for the whole community, such as school and medical facilities, clean water or irrigation. The Explorers exchange news and send small gifts to Brenda and in so doing learn something of the life in the poorer communities in the world. You can view an update on the work carried out by Plan in Brenda’s community here.