We are all called to be engaged in God's mission, whatever we do during the week and wherever we do it:
The Mission of the Church is the Mission of Christ:
to enable the whole of creation to live in love, justice and peace.
1. To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom of God
2. To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
3. To respond to human need by loving service
4. To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
5. To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
(The Five Marks of Mission)
We are trying to make a difference in the world by supporting mission in Oxford, the UK and overseas and by engaging with a range of social, environmental, economic and global issues.
St Matthews is currently supporting:
The redevelopment of St Lukes Church, Canning Crescent:
Christians against Poverty:
Hospitals in the diocese of Muheza, north east Tanzania though the United Society:
Health centres and hospitals in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo via the Semiliki Trust:
Our previous 'kids worker', Maddie Buchanan, working with Latin Link in Guatemala. Maddie is a support worker for those working with the churches in Guatemala, providing lots of encouragement and making sure visitors are safe and happy. She is the ideal person for this role since she understands both ends of the link (through her family history, but also thanks to the training she has undertaken in the last eighteen months). For more details click here.
Individuals and groups within St Matthews are involved in many diverse aspects of mission. For example:
Training at Menouf Hospital, Egypt
Drs Noj and Mary Northway (Crosslinks) working at Turi School in Kenya
Christian Youth Adventure Holidays in Norfolk
The Archway Foundation which was set up to alleviate loneliness in Oxford and Abingdon
Helen Graham: Responding to God’s call to pursue his kingdom by caring for his world. (See this summary)