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#1 BecD

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Posted 08 May 2017 - 04:47 PM

I have been asked to update our church's missionary board, but also to develop it and how the church includes support for missionaries in it's regular worship. I'd love to know what other churches do, so please share with me!


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Posted 08 May 2017 - 05:23 PM

Remember there is mission at home. I think what we do in inner city birmingham is mission!

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Posted 08 May 2017 - 05:44 PM

I know Ju, but we have a specific board for the missionaries who have been sent and supported by the church. One of them does work in Leicester so is local!


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Posted 08 May 2017 - 05:45 PM

We were fortunate that one of our missionary couples had parents living locally, so came to visit once a year from South America. It was lovely to get to know them. That no longer happens, but it really helped.

 

Can you try Skyping them during a prayer meeting or adopt them as in a small group?


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#5 hepzibah

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Posted 08 May 2017 - 05:45 PM

Of course, the best way is to go and visit them 'on the ground' as it were ... ;)


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Posted 08 May 2017 - 06:55 PM

We used to have a regular pattern of having the prayers in the service focussing on mission organisations (both local and overseas) once a month, and also having regular (4 or 5 a year) visiting speakers from missionary organisations of all kinds.

We've been connected with a couple in Peru for a long time, and they come to visit when they are in the UK which is normally every couple of years or so.

 

We also had displays with newsletters etc from the various organisations we support (10% of the church's income is given to mission organisations, a mixture of local and overseas).


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Posted 08 May 2017 - 08:31 PM

World map, photo of the missionaries where they are with blurb and specific prayer requests?


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Posted 09 May 2017 - 07:35 AM

Not part of regular worship but my previous church used to have a themed meal once a year around the country the mission was based in eg France, Peru etc.
Another thing we had was a French Breakfast before the service once a month Coffee and croissants and prayer for the 2 French churches we had links with.

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 09:16 AM

It's only since we moved here that our church has started supporting a missionary and the advantage for us is that her 94 year old mother lives in the parish so she comes back every couple of years and spends time with us.   It is such a 'new' venture for the church that we don't need to do much to raise her profile!

 

I like the idea of a themed meal


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Posted 09 May 2017 - 01:00 PM

Each week we pray within the prayers for one of our mission partners. Whoever is leading prayers gets in contact to get up to date requests. Once a month we have a 'bite size' bit of the service which may be about an upcoming event, or someone talking about what they will be doing 'this time tomorrow' and sometimes we have a live link to missionaries abroad, or an interview with a local missionary.

We have personal links with all our missionaries and all of our missionaries have had visits from some one in the congregation ( friends/gap year trips/ mission agency team) this helps to keep good contact.

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