Mission and Outreach:
Mission and Outreach
Mission and Outreach:
Outreach is a fundamental and key part of the Vision which God
has for the members of St. Mary’s Church. Jesus gave a final
command to His followers, at the end of His earthly mission:
Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on
earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of
all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the
Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey
everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with
you always, to the very end of the age.”
We believe the
mission of the local church is to share the love of Jesus in
real, practical and helpful ways, so that our communities can
understand and respond to the good news for themselves, and in
so doing see a developing transformation of society.
Each member of the body of Christ at St.
Mary’s has a part to play, and we continue to be challenged as
we grow individually and collectively
to be the people of God who bring hope to Andover and out into
the world, as we share this good news of Jesus. “Always be
prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the
reason for the hope that you have." 1 Peter 3:15
Building on outreach activities over the past few years, such as
After School Clubs, School Assemblies, Light
Parties, Summer Holiday Clubs, Baptism follow up visits and
courses; further development and mission continues. Tom
Etherton has joined the Ministry Team as an
Ordinand. A highly skilled musician, Tom already has extensive
experience of working with children and young people, and is
developing his own ministry skills through sharing in outreach
The Men’s Group is well established with a significant
number of men meeting monthly for soup and a roll followed by
Bible Study. Social activities have included a Skittles Night at
a local pub, a cricket match against another church, Pub Quiz
nights, Barbecues and Prayer Breakfasts with guest speakers.
Members of St. Mary’s are well represented in Andover, with
other church members offering Ministry to the Homeless,
helping at the Night Shelter and to extend cover and activities
on the day time initiatives. Hope into Action is an
award-winning charity set up to enable churches to fight
homelessness, and to change the lives of the most disadvantaged
in our society by finding them homes rather than a bed for the
night. Working together with other local Christians, members of
St. Mary's have played an important part in promoting, investing
and achieving sufficient funding to have recently purchased a
house in Andover. An ecumenical Support Team will now be
set up and trained to help residents back into mainstream
Canon John is a member of the Management Committee that helped
set up Andover Street Pastors. Members from St. Mary’s
have undergone the relevant training and are now exercising this
ministry in the Town Centre, either as Street or Prayer Pastors.
St. Mary's was privileged to host the 5th Anniversary
Celebrations as well as the Commissioning and Presentation
of Caps, during a service on Wednesday 20th April 2016.
Reverend Les Isaac, who was awarded an OBE for his work
fostering community cohesion in his role as Head of Ascension
Trust, the umbrella organisation that overseas the work of
Street Pastors, spoke at the service.
Our Pastoral Ministry Team is growing, and is kept busy
taking Holy Communion to a growing number of individuals and
Residential Homes in the Parish. The Third Thursday Group
offers support and encouragement to those who have in more
recent years been bereaved. Greatly valued and appreciated for
its quiet and sensitive approach, the group members enjoy
discussion and support, good friendships and social activities
The Spring Term Course has now finished.
for more information.
To register for the next available course, please contact the Church Office.
Alpha is an opportunity to explore
life and the Christian faith, in a friendly, open and informal
environment with the opportunity of enjoying supper as well! It
is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the
basics of the Christian faith.
Guests come on Alpha for many different reasons; some want to
investigate whether God exists and some have questions they
would like to discuss.
is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as
little as you wish.
Many guests have never been to church and others may have
attended church, but feel they have never had a personal
understanding of the Christian faith.
The future here under God is a privilege as we
experience, understand and respond to the gospel ourselves, and
as we respond to the needs of our local communities.