Supporting Mission

Food items on their way to Goodna

At St Mark’s we are committed to supporting God’s mission beyond the parish. Click here to see something from our May 2017 visit to Tara in Western Qld: Tara for website or here to see photos of our April 2016 visit to Murgon and Wondai (Parish of Barambah in the Western Region of the Diocese): Barambah Parish Visit April 2016

In 2017 we are supporting the Church Missionary Society, the Anglican Board of Mission and The Leprosy Mission. Recently we also supported the Barbara May Foundation (maternity care in Africa). In lesser ways we also support other mission agencies such as the Bush Church Aid Society (BCA), the Bush Ministry Fund (BMF), Samaritans Purse and Mercy Ships.

In addition to this we also support local agencies such as the Food Pantries at All Saints Parish Chermside and Goodna Parish. In winter we support homelessness services such as the 139 Club and the Brisbane Youth Service.

 

Samaritans Purse, Operation Christmas Child

In 2016, due to a fantastic response from parishioners and the local community including Eagle Junction State School, we sent over 150 Christmas Boxes! Below (left) is a picture of our Christmas box co-ordinator speaking about the 2015 appeal and (right) a picture of the boxes being delivered to the distribution centre in Oct 2015. After the cyclone in Fiji in early 2016 we sent $800 via Samaritan’s Purse. Right now we are preparing boxes for the 2016 Operation Christmas Child. We enjoyed a visit from SP Australia Director Jorge Rodriguez in August when he thanked us for our support of Samaritans Purse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Growing in Mission – St Mark’s Mission to Rural Parishes

In 2017 we visited Tara Parish (see above or look on the Gallery page for pics) and Barambah Parish (Wondai, Murgon, Goomeri) where our clergy conducted services and where parishioners from St Mark’s made friends with local church people. Similar visits were made last year.

In September 2013 a team of 12 parishioners from St Mark’s travelled to St Cecilia’s Anglican Church, Chinchilla to run a short mission. This involved painting a hallway in the church and parish office area, parish visiting, leading Bible studies on the Psalms as part of a Quiet Morning in the church and leading worship on the Saturday night and Sunday morning. This was a great opportunity to be of practical help as well as  to engage the local congregation in studying the scriptures. The visit built up some strong bonds of friendship between the two churches. In a  letter of thanks, the Secretary to the Parish Council at St Cecilia’s, Beryl Humphrey, wrote: “I wish to express our very sincere thanks to you  and your team for the wonderful spiritual guidance and the practical financial assistance given to us so willingly over the last few days …  we thank God that members of St Mark’s answered the call to help us in such a way”.

Similar missions have been undertaken over recent years to Wyndham in 2006, to Bollon in 2007, to Kin Kin in 2009. These short term missions to rural communities are an important way of helping the people of St Mark’s maintain an outwardly looking focus. In April 2016 some people from St Mark’s traveled to Wondai and Murgon for a short visit.

Chinchilla Mission Sept 2013

Chinchilla Mission Sept 2013

 

Chinchilla Mission Sept 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CMS

The Hayes family originally came from St Mark’s and as well as supporting them financially via CMS we pray regularly for their ministry.

To find out more see the CMS website:

http://www.cms.org.au/missionary/southasia/bruce-and-libby-hayes

 

 

Anglican Board of Mission (ABM)

Each year the Archbishop’s November Appeal for ABM supports some aspect of the work of the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea. For more information about ABM visit their website at www.abmission.org.

In recent years St Mark’s has supported the ABM Martyrs Appeal. Our donations have contributed in a small way to the complete refurbishment of St Margaret’s Hospital in PNG.

In July 2017 St Mark’s hosted the ABM National Conference which was attended by delegates from around the country.

Below are photos from the ABM Conference hosted by St Mark’s.

 

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