Mission and Partners
DIOCESE OF GUILDFORD
We are part of the Diocese of Guildford which is part of the Church of England.
The diocese straddles the North Downs, from tiny rural communities to the busy commuter towns, with areas of challenging social deprivation and great affluence in sharp contrast. Guildford is one of 41 dioceses which cover the whole of England. We have 162 parishes, 85 church schools and several hundred social and community projects, and our area includes two-thirds of Surrey (including Egham, Banstead, Dorking and Farnham), parts of North East Hampshire (including Farnborough and Aldershot) one parish each in Sussex, and one in Greater London.
The region contains over a million people, and we are there for everyone, providing opportunities for young and old to pray, to explore their faith, to make a positive impact locally and globally, and to observe major life events such as a wedding, christening, confirmation or funeral. Our churches seek to be at the centre of every community, to reach out to those in special need, and to encourage all their members to grow into their full potential as children of God.
The Diocese has 217 church buildings which see more than 25,000 people worshipping on an average Sunday, in addition to many thousands more of all ages who use those buildings or neighbouring Church halls on weekdays for church activities and community clubs and meetings.
Each of our parishes is an independent charity, with their own leadership and governance structures, working together under the leadership of the Bishop of Guildford and his team, so as to make the very best use of our resources across the region. Every one of the million or so people who live in our area has a parish church, and access to its support and facilities when they need them most, often at life events such as Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals.
A transforming Church, transforming lives
Our vision as the Diocese of Guildford is to be a Transforming Church, Transforming Lives, and we are together committed to 12 diocesan goals. Our calling is to join with other Christians in living out and proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ across the region we serve and beyond, responding to Jesus’ Great Commandment to: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind… and to love your neighbour as yourself”;
and his Great Commission to: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing 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”.
To find our more visit https://www.cofeguildford.org.uk/about/welcome
Mission Agencies & Charities supported by St. Mary’s Church
The Leprosy Mission
The Leprosy Mission is an international Christian development organisation, transforming the lives of people affected by leprosy. TLM’s goal is to eradicate the causes and consequences of the disease and see a world without leprosy. www.leprosymission.org.uk
The Mission to Seafarers
The Mission to Seafarers is a missionary society of the Anglican Church. It serves seafarers of all races and creeds, working through a network of full-time and part-time chaplains, staff and voluntary helpers in 258 ports in 71 countries around the world. In more than 100 ports, it runs seafarers’ centres. It is entirely dependent on voluntary contributions. www.missiontoseafarers.org
Bible Society exists to make the Bible heard. Its aim is to show how the Bible connects with life. Bible Society works to make Scriptures available where there are none and works with churches to help them live out the Bible’s message. It aims to put an end to Bible poverty. www.biblesociety.org.uk
Church Mission Society
Sharing Jesus, changing lives. CMS is committed to evangelistic mission, working to see our world transformed by the love of Jesus. CMS is inspired by the hope that one day the whole of creation will be restored to a living, loving relationship with God. Born in 1799, in the crucible of the campaign to abolish slavery, CMS has always had justice and evangelism at its heart. Today CMS is a community of people in mission working in over 35 countries, a community that has heard God’s call to join in his loving outreach to the world and has rolled up its sleeves to serve others in mission.
Church Arny is a mission community of people who are transforming lives and neighbourhoods throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland. They are committed to bringing people to a living faith in Jesus Christ by sharing the Christian faith in words and action and enabling the wider church to do so. www.churcharmy.org.uk
Christian Aid works towards eradicating poverty. It believes poverty robs people of dignity, freedom and hope, of power over their own lives. Christian Aid provides disaster relief and long term help for poor communities. www.christianaid.org.uk
The Children’s Society
The Children’s Society want to create a world where all children and young people are respected, valued and heard. They help children of all faiths and none, including children at risk on the streets, disabled children, young refugees, young carers and those within the youth justice system. www.childrenssociety.org.uk
Farm Africa helps African farmers grow themselves out of poverty and end hunger for ever. With its help, rural families are building a more prosperous life that allows them to take charge of their futures. www.farm-africa.org.uk
Walton & Hersham Food Bank
We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
Mission News and Events
News and stories about the mission agencies and projects supported with our Outward Giving donations for 2018. For more information please contact Ann Blowers. (Read More}