As the church of Jesus Christ, the people of God, we do not define for ourselves what our mission in the world is, or should be. Our great desire is to play our part in the mission of God. As Chris Wright says, in The Mission of God’s People mission ‘is not primarily a matter of our activity or our initiative.
Mission from the point of view of our human endeavour, means the committed participation of God’s people in the purposes of God for the redemption of the whole creation. The mission is God’s. The marvel is that God invites us to join in.’
The mission of Kirkpatrick Memorial is a matter of the loyalty of our church family to Jesus Christ, the head of the Church. Just as an ambassador must have complete loyalty to the government they represent, so a trusted messenger will faithfully deliver what the sender said, not his own opinions.
One World Group
The One World Group helps our congregation engage with God’s worldwide mission by helping the church support its eight mission partners by keeping contact with them, providing timely, relevant information about the work of our Mission Partners to keep the congregation informed and to encourage them to pray and give, and highlighting their work in regular slots in church services.
The One World Group also help our congregation engage with issues effecting people around the world. The group organises our annual World Development Appeal service and lunch.
Playing Our Part
In early 2012 the Kirk Session took time to work through a Biblical understanding of our call to share the good news of the gospel. A document was published looking at the Biblical mandate and example for mission, and terms of reference were drawn up for both the Community Ministries Group and the One World Group. You can read this document here.