In Luke’s gospel, Jesus was asked what we must do to enter the Kingdom. The answer was to love God and to love our neighbour as ourselves.
As individuals, we should reflect this in our lives and our prayerful support for others. The church family here in Groomsport has risen to the challenge in many ways over the years by regular giving to the Mission Fund, United Appeal, World Development Appeal, Christian Aid and the Moderator’s appeals.
We support the Leprosy Mission, Fair Trade, Storehouse and send gifts to The Belfast Mission at Christmas. In Sunday School our children learn about those less fortunate than ourselves and each year will raise money for different mission projects. The PW send boxes of medical equipment, clothes and educational materials to Malawi. At home, the church holds the friendship lunches, and weekly coffee mornings throughout the summer. In our church magazine Eagle Wing, we also learn of the outreach work in our community at home and abroad and we hear about the work being done by our many past interns as they continue their ministry. This is only some of the ‘mission work’ going on in our church and we must strive to reach out even more like followers of Jesus.
The Mission Committee is made up of a small group of enthusiastic members. The committee aims to raise the profile of mission within our church by having a short presentation about once a month called ‘Mission Focus’. It is also planned that the committee supports some specific projects that may not be so well known or have such a high profile. The hope is to run occasional events and look to your support for these. If you wish to help in any way, whether it is through a donation or giving your time, please contact the Mission Committee on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Like our economy the work of mission both here and overseas has been badly affected by the lockdown. It is gratifying to see that the government has stepped in to help many charities that are struggling to carry on with their vital work. You may be interested to read about how overseas mission of PCI has also been affected. Here is a useful link that gives some information on this:- Global Pandemic.
The Mission Committee has been reviewing the various projects that we had hoped to support this year. Here are some useful links to these projects:-
Our Scottish Country Dancing Night had planned to raise funds for ‘Sight Savers’.
This year’s Sunday School Project is ‘Crecer Huntos’ (Living Together).
We are keen to support improvements in water and sanitation following our successful ‘Auction of Promises’ last year. This year we have twinned our church taps and toilets through Tearfund.
Support for PCI’s Christian counselling service ‘Fresh Light’. This is one of the projects supported by the United Appeal this year. This video highlights what this appeal is about.
Developing countries are also struggling to cope with the coronavirus. Here is information about a locally inspired project to manufacture masks in Malawi. This not only will help prevent spread of infection but will also provide employment and income for tailors in Malawi. Masks For Malawi.
Following approval by session, these projects have received donations from Groomsport Presbyterian Church. We have also sent donations to ‘Storehouse North Down’ and ‘Hope Christian Trust’ that supports a Christian school in Gaza. Please remember the work of the mission committee and the projects run by our partner organisations in your prayers. Thank you.
Dr Michael Steele (Convenor of the Missions Committee, Groomsport Presbyterian Church).