We’re thrilled to be able to offer this great opportunity for people of all ages and stages to explore what mission looks like, both at home and away! Mission is a key focus at St Mary’s, we believe we’re called to make a difference wherever we are, as we share faith for life in Jesus. Mission is our strapline! We are tremendously blessed to have so many mission links all over the world. The faithfulness of those serving and generosity of those who support and enable them to serve is great testament to the love and faithfulness of our God.
We’re hoping that over the course of our Mission for All Weekend, people from all over the Wirral will be able to explore mission, in every context and for every lifestyle. Whether you feel called to serve abroad long term, want to spend a couple of weeks away during the summer or are wondering whether there is something you can do locally, there will be something for everyone to explore.
Our strapline for the event is from Luke 10 – when Jesus sends out 72 disciples to every town and place to preach the coming of the Kingdom of God. They go out, do as he says and return with joy (v17). We believe that Jesus calls each of us to his mission, and we have a huge variety of organisations which represent many different aspects of our call to serve and honour God. Whether it’s Bible translation, teaching, debt relief, personal pastoring or world care, there is plenty to learn and explore. Scroll down to see who will be joining us!
The first day runs from 10am to 4pm and is open for people to drop in and out as they like. We’ll be running seminars throughout the day at set times, which you can see below. Feel free to pop by for 10 minutes or 2 hours; our doors are open for you to come and go as you please. Light refreshments will be available, but we’re encouraging people who may be around over lunchtime to head out into Upton Village and support the local, independent businesses there.
On the second day, representatives from some of our visiting mission organisations will be preaching at all 4 of our Sunday services. Scroll down the page to see who will be at each service, we’d love to see you with us at one (or more!) of them.
Before and after the services we hope there will be an opportunity to look round the stalls from Saturday. So if you can’t make it on Saturday, turn up early, or stick around after the service to have a wander and chat.
Seminars – Saturday
Seminars will take place in two locations, with two running parallel at the same time. With eight seminars running over the course of the day we hope there will be something for everyone.
10:30am – 11:15am
Global Mission – How do I and my Church get involved?Steve Chedgzoy
My experience of Short Term Mission
Various speakers and organisations
11:30am – 12:15pm
Why go short-term?Miriam Bryant
Sharing the Gospel with our Muslim neighboursColin Bearup
1:30pm – 2:15pm
‘Do local, impact global’ – as you are going, make Disciples (Matthew 28:19-20)Andrew Berry
My experience of local missionVarious Speakers
2:30pm – 3:15pm
Why go short-term?Miriam Bryant
‘Here I am. Send me.’ – Following the call to mission overseas or over the road.Katie Jenkinson
Services – Sunday
Our Sunday services take will take place across the parish in two locations, St Mary’s Parish Church in Upton and St Mary’s Centre in Saughall Massie. A representative from one of the mission organisations attending will be preaching at each one, you might like to attend a particular service if you know and support one of the organisations already, or if you’d like to find out more.
All visiting speakers will be preaching on the theme passage for the weekend; Luke 10:1-11.
9:00am - Tim Matthews (AIM)
at St Mary’s Parish Church
2 Church Road, Upton, CH49 6Jz
Morning Praise (Traditional)
Service leader : Lorraine Williams
10:30am - Colin Bearup (WEC)
at St Mary’s Centre
127 Saughall Massie Rd, Upton, CH49 4LA
Holy Communion Service
Service leader : Bishop John Hayden
11:00am - Katie Jenkinson (CMS)
at St Mary’s Parish Church
2 Church Road, Upton, CH49 6Jz
Morning Worship (with Sunday School Groups)
Service leader : Rev. Steph Warrell
6:30pm - Esther Swaffield-Bray (IJM)
at St Mary’s Parish Church
2 Church Road, Upton, CH49 6Jz
Evening Praise (Contemporary)
Service leader : Rachel Hsuan
WEC International takes the good news to the peoples and nations who have yet to hear it: the good news that Christ came to bring forgiveness of sins and peace with God, and to displace hatred with love.
Listening to, serving and walking alongside local people, WEC forms disciples, expecting to see churches flourish in cultures where Christ is little known. This involves many diverse activities, as fits local needs, including: youth work, teaching, medical work, music and the arts, Bible translation and literacy, work with addicts and children in crisis, business skills and helping local Christians share the gospel cross-culturally.
WEC is committed to finding new, creative and culturally-relevant ways of doing mission.
Tearfund is a Christian charity called to follow Jesus wherever the need is greatest around the world. They help communities overcome the worst effects of poverty and disasters – believing that the same people who face these issues, also have the best idea as to how they can overcome them. Tearfund works alongside local churches and other locally-based organisations in over 50 countries to help people realise their plans for a better future.
In 50 years Tearfund has seen millions of lives restored and won’t stop until poverty stops.
Wycliffe Bible Translators
Wycliffe wants everyone to hear God speak to them as they engage with the Bible in their own language.
They are a member of the Wycliffe Global Alliance, and partner with organisations worldwide in working towards universal access to the Bible. The full Bible is now available in close to 700 languages, and the New Testament in over 1,500 languages. But with 1.5 billion people still without access to the full Bible in the language that speaks to them best, our vision of universal access is far from a reality, and the need for translation remains as great as ever.
International Justice Mission
There are 40+ million slaves globally – more than ever before in human history. Slavery is a multibillion-dollar industry, human trafficking generates $150 billion annually. International Justice Mission is a global organisation with a plan to eliminate the slave trade everywhere.
They find the children and adults who are victims of violence, forced labour or sex trafficking. and support local police in rescue operations and help meet the victims’ urgent needs like safe housing, food and medical care, counselling and education. They also support the police in investigating, arresting and charging slave owners with crimes. They work to make sure laws against slavery are enforced, making it legally and financially impossible for slave owners to stay in business.
Africa Inland Mission (AIM)
Africa Inland Mission (AIM) is a Christian mission sending agency with a heart for Africa’s peoples. We have our roots in a small band of faithful men and women who, in 1895, ventured inland to reach Africans untouched by the gospel. Their vision set the course of AIM for over 120 years, as a community called and sent to live and minister among Africa’s least-reached peoples. This call still remains.
Our desire is to see the worship of Jesus Christ spread across the continent of Africa – through individual lives fully committed to him, and collectively through Christ-centered church communities. Our Lord has done a mighty work in Africa, where His Church is vast and growing daily. But with over 1000 African people groups who have yet to hear the good news of Jesus Christ, the task is far from finished.
Operation Mobilisation (OM)
OM wants to see vibrant communities of Jesus followers among the least reached. In over 100 countries and onboard the ship Logos Hope, its ministries focus on evangelism, church planting, relief and development, justice and mentoring and discipleship. OM’s core values include serving sacrificially, loving and valuing people whilst bringing them grace and integrity and knowing and glorifying God.
Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF)
You’ll find MAF in the hardest-to-reach locations, where people live isolated from the rest of the world, cut off from the most basic necessities. MAF’s highly trained pilots maneuver Cessna and KODIAK aircraft through rugged terrain. And while passengers might hold their breath, MAF pilots skillfully land at short, unimproved airstrips on the sides of mountains, in jungle clearings, or on tropical rivers—to bring medicine and doctors, disaster relief, education, evangelists, Bible translators, food supplies, agriculture and clean water projects, and more. MAF are passionate about sharing Christ’s love beyond where the road ends.
Church Mission Society
CMS is a community of people who have been set free to follow God’s call in mission. Thousands of people from all walks of life are part of Church Mission Society – praying, learning and acting together in pursuit of that call. CMS believes all of God’s people are called to join in God’s mission. But there are lots of things that keep people from putting this call into action: confusion, fear, busy-ness, lack of resources, lack of support; the list goes on. CMS wants to cross things off that list and help set people free from whatever is holding them back from mission. For some people, this will mean going overseas; for some this will mean staying local.
Currently, there are Church Mission Society people in 40 countries across Africa, Asia, South America, the Middle East, Europe and the UK. Some have been sent from Britain and Europe, some have been sent by their local church in partnership with CMS, some through sister societies CMS-Africa and Asia CMS. CMS are committed to helping Christians in the UK receive the gifts of the global church.
Christian Bookshop (Birkenhead)
A CHRISTIAN PRESENCE ON THE HIGH STREET
The Christian Bookshop was opened in April 1946 at 14 Grange Road West, Birkenhead. Although the shop has changed in appearance in over 70 years, it has continued to trade from the same address. It was established by the Emmanuel Holiness Church whose vision was for the bookshop to make Christian literature available on the Wirral, and if possible to provide funds for mission work. The range of stock that we carry has grown since then, but our vision remains the same.
We seek to serve the churches, schools and individuals within the local community and further afield with a wide range of stock which includes Bibles, books, CDs, DVDs, cards, gifts, magazines, Bible study material, Bible cases and Church resources.
Christians Against Poverty (CAP)
CAP exists because nobody should be held hostage by debt and poverty. But the truth is that they are rife in the UK. In a society where people live behind closed doors, thousands are desperately poor. Unable to feed their children, incapable of paying to heat their homes in winter, the grip of poverty is relentless. It breaks families apart and drives many to think that suicide is the only solution.
UK poverty is real, with millions locked in its miserable grip. That’s why CAP is aiming for 1,000 CAP centres covering the UK, each bringing life changing freedom and good news to people in desperate need. Always through the Church. Always hope.
Street pastors are trained volunteers from local churches who care about their community. They patrol in teams of men and women, usually from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. on a Friday and Saturday night, to care for, listen to and help people who are out on the streets.
Street Pastors was pioneered in London in 2003 and since then have trained over 12,000 street and prayer pastors, who have played an active part in strengthening community life and working for safer streets. Currently, more than 300 towns and cities around the UK have a Street Pastors team.
Wirral Churches’ Ark Project, known as, Wirral Ark, is a registered charity that exists to provide accommodation for the homeless, under the MainStay framework, as well as providing support and guidance for individuals to secure permanent long term accommodation.
Wirral Ark supports people who are homeless. These include isolated people with mental health or drug problems, current and ex-offenders, former rough sleepers and people who are begging or street drinking. Through their work they have become experts at working with, and supportively housing, people with very complex problems – for example, people with severe mental health problems, a lifelong alcohol addiction, very challenging behaviour, or a combination of these and other issues. Their pathway and support accommodation for people with particularly complex needs, to ensure they do not become homeless again, or better still to house them before they’re ever forced to sleep rough.
Wirral Churches’ Ark Project aims to help homeless men and women on an individual level, working together to identify the support they need for their particular journey to recovery.
Poverty, isolation, abuse, ill health, injustice, homelessness: we all see the sharp inequalities of life around us and the devastating impacts they have on people’s lives. Many of us want to do something, to get involved but we don’t always know how. The Besom exists to help you make a difference to the lives of others and to make it easy for you to do so.
The aim behind all Besoms is that everyone – whether you are three years old or over 80, whether working full-time or part-time, a student, a mum with toddlers, in between jobs or retired – can get involved. By giving your time, money, things or skills you can help those who are in real need and make a long term positive difference to their lives.
Wirral Foodbank is a local charity providing emergency food to local people in crisis. Since they started in November 2011 they have fed and supported 47,234, this included 16,887 children.
The Foodbank principle is based on giving a small amount of food – for Wirral foodbank just three days worth – to people who suddenly find themselves without any food or money to buy it; this can be for a range of reasons.
They collect and distribute non-perishable food and are always in need of the following food items – tinned vegetables, tinned fruit, tinned tomatoes, long grain rice, pasta, pasta sauce, UHT milk and tinned/packet soup. The majority of the food is donated by local people, without this support they could not operate.
Theolotweet Academy exists to make growing in the Christian faith accessible for all.
They provide resources to support your daily discipleship journey and will be developing an online School of Ministry and Theology in 2019.
Their discipleship resources and courses are all provided free of charge. This is supported through the sales of our merchandise and recommended resources.
Discipletweets are tweet length discipleship focused summary of a Bible chapter. They ideal to help you reflect and apply one chapter of the Bible when time is of essence. For example, your trip to work on the bus. Spiritweets are tweet lengthed take on common worship and common prayer. They are ideal resources to help you develop your individual prayer life and corporate worship experiences.