St John’s isn’t just a historic building and a community centre – we have a mission. Our purpose is to continue Jesus’s mission today, to serve the community in Upper Norwood, to build the kingdom of God where we live.
The Anglican Communion expresses mission in five ‘marks’:
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
- To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
- To respond to human need by loving service
- To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth
At St John’s we try to be involved in all five of these aspects of mission: by making our worship warm, welcoming, and beautiful; through our social events (such as the recent barn dance) and our community outreach projects (such as the Hive); by preparing people for baptism and confirmation, and preparing children for communion; by visiting the sick and elderly, and working with the bereaved; by collecting for our local food bank; by being responsible in our approach to energy and waste.
Some of these things cost money – and that’s why we’re launching a stewardship campaign, asking people to reconsider how much they give to St John’s, and whether they might be able to give more. If you’re interested, please read this letter from the vicar.
If you would like to consider setting up a standing order to help us in our work at St John’s, please contact the parish office (firstname.lastname@example.org), who will be happy to send you what you need.