What the LORD requires of us this:
To do justly, love mercy,
and walk humbly with our God. (Micah 6.8)
Mission is just as important as worshiping God, because we are called by God to be sent to set hearts on fire to live and love as Christ did. In fact, the word mission comes from a word which means ‘to send’.
We believe that a church that doesn’t serve its community isn’t fully or truly a church of God.
Here are a few of the things we at St James’s have been doing:
Helping our neighbours
Providing vouchers at Christmas for needy families identified by local schools, and gifts for their children. (At Christmas 2016 we were able to provide 50 vouchers and 107 gifts.)
Opening the church on Christmas Day for a soup kitchen and open house, with the eager support of the Old Enfield Charitable Trust for providing food, company and holiday cheer for the homeless, the elderly and those on their own.
Raising funds in the autumn at Harvest for the North Enfield Foodbank, and for other charities.
Presence and engagement
Singing Christmas carols in a local supermarket to bring a bit of Christmas cheer to shoppers, and also to raise funds for our mission fund
Carolling at a local supermarket, to benefit the Mission Fund at Christmas
We have a five-year plan for the growth of our community and our involvement in it.
We’ve highlighted five main points:
Developing our Young Church
Deepening our relationships with the schools in our parish (thirteen in total). More is said on our page Children growing in faith.
Strengthening our connection with youth work in the community.
Serving the older generation
Launching a new congregation within the parish
We are committed to alleviate hardship and suffering, both near and far, and to this end:
We as a church commit a portion of our income to charitable giving; after receiving a number of suggestions from the congregation, the church council contributed money in December 2016 to support local, national and international causes:
Though things are still in their early stages, we’re excited about the potential this could have, not merely for the church, but for the communities of Brimsdown and Enfield Highway.
How would you like to play a part? Let us know on our contact page.