Our Mission

As a church across the parish we are working hard through our praying, seeking and thinking together to discover what it means be alive in sharing God’s love in the community.  Our faith is in God through trusting Jesus Christ and seeking to know God today through the presence of the Holy Spirit.  But what does this mean in reality as individuals and as a local church which is part of a much bigger church in Portsmouth and in the world?

Mission Action Planning

Every week we pray in the Lord’s Prayer: “Thy will be done” – so, to help us try and seek God’s will we’ve embarked on a programme of Mission Action Planning (MAP).   Made up of over 60 regular worshippers, our six MAPing Development Groups are helping us to think about what we need to do so that our church life expresses the reasons, from the Bible, the Church of England understands itself to exist; these are known as the Marks of Mission of the Anglican Communion.

We think the following Marks of Mission are excellent reasons from the Bible to guide all we do:

  • To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom;
  • To teach, baptise and nurture new believers;
  • To respond to human need by loving service;
  • To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation;
  • To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

Our MAPing groups are helping us consider what they means in terms of:

  • Youth;
  • Families;
  • Elderly Frail;
  • Worship;
  • Organisation & Communication;
  • Buildings & Resources.

Church Alive

Church Alive
Church Alive is for anyone who seeks a weekly service of modern worship and contemporary music including real coffee and breakfast pastries served from 10.20am. The service of relaxed and informal worship starts at 10.45am during which there is opportunity to think, discuss and be creative, or just sit, listen and enjoy the friendship, music,...

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These are some other areas of our church life mission -

Schools

Schools
Church Life Schools Our local schools are so valuable and we want to support them within the community.  Six infant or junior schools and one secondary school and sixth form college. We are privileged to share in the life of three Church of England schools through our Church Foundation Governors, clergy team and at Assemblies....

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Giving

Giving
Church Life Giving In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul describes the church as being like a body made up of many parts; all with different functions but all absolutely essential. Just as the body thrives when each part contributes, so the church thrives when each individual plays their part. You’re most welcome to contribute to the life...

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Our Africa Partnerships

Our Africa Partnerships
Church Life Our Africa Partnerships Partnerships with Communities in AFRICA Striving towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals in pursuit of the love and justice of God’s Kingdom, we’re pleased to be partnering communities in Ghana and in Kenya until December 2019. We have two partnerships. Click here for our Africa Partnership Information Pack GHANA through...

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Fairtrade & Ethical

Fairtrade & Ethical
Our Mission Fairtrade and Ethical Traidcraft Offering a range of food produce and gift items, our Traidcraft stalls are run at 10.15am in St Mary's following the 9.15am Service on the 2nd Sunday of each month whilst coffee is served. Special orders can also be made for regular requests or special gifts. Visit the Traidcraft...

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The Alverstoke Trust

The Alverstoke Trust
Founded in 1969 The Alverstoke Trust exists to assist residents in Alverstoke Parish when they are in a time of need, hardship or distress by making small grants. The Trust exists for all who live in the parish regardless of background or faith.

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