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A rural Circuit, Banbury has fifteen churches, five based in the town itself.
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When I was a child I collected JMA money. As a result of collecting for the first year a collector was awarded a medal if a set amount of money was collected. Each of the following years a bar was awarded to add to the medal ribbon. This I did for four years and I still have the medal and the bars. In all of those years I don't think I fully understood what the money was to be used for. JMA stands for "Junior Mission for All" and on the medal the wording says "Zeal for Christ." This organisation was set up so that children could be part of the mission of the church.
At a recent church gathering I asked whether the gathered folk were a mission church. One response was that mission had split the church. It took me quite a while to think this through. I may be wrong, but many churches all over the country had Mission Teams come to visit and lead worship and activities. Some were successful and others not. Mission Team is a title, the title of a group who were going to raise the awareness of God and his work with the host church. I got to wondering whether a Mission Team had visited in the past and it was this that had caused a split. The actual 'raising awareness' is the mission of the church, and how we do it, is important.
As a Circuit we are looking at where we are in terms of mission and so are asking questions about fellowship churches and mission churches. We have a mixture of both here. There are some good fellowship groups, which on their own are growing and meeting needs in communities. There are mission churches in our circuit too. Hinton for me stands out at the moment. By the time you read this letter they will have held their "Arms around the Community" event to which they invited people from the newly built houses to come to a social event, as families. The aim is to enable people to get to know their neighbours, to build community and if, by the by, they come to church then, great!
Here are a few words from Matthew's gospel: "Go to the lost sheep". Freely you have received, freely give". "Go and make disciples of all nations". Jesus' words to his disciples and apostles, to all people, not just adults, not just the young, but to all. We are meant to be obedient to God and his call on our lives and these few words direct us to make more followers of Jesus. Some people are better at this than others, but if you are truly a mission church then let us together build the kingdom of God. If you are a fellowship church, care for each other, build each other up and share God's love with each other. We are all God's precious people.
Ooh, a lot of my JMA money went
to help with the Leprosy Mission.
With every blessing
Marlborough Road -
Every Thursday 10.00 am Coffee Morning and 11.00 Circuit Communion
Every Friday 10.30 -
1st Saturday of the month 10.00 -
In our service we wrote pledges of what we can do to help others on stars and they were displayed in this way:
List of books in the Circuit Library, kept in the Marlborough Road foyer.