High Street Baptist Church - Tring
Life beyond Tring
At a recent Sunday morning service, we were invited to put our prayers on to a world map. We were delighted at how far our interests and prayers went. We are part of the church worldwide, local, national and international. On this page we want to share some information about the organisations we support and how you can be involved.
What does supporting overseas mission mean?
For us as a church it means a variety of ways. We are committed to giving our financial support to BMS World mission. The money given will be used to pay transport and living costs for those who go from UK to settle and work in countries around the world. it will also help to support national Christians in those countries who are, in increasing numbers, being trained as Pastors, teachers, doctors and other roles which were once held by incoming missionaries.
Support also means keeping in touch and praying for particular individuals and situations. Our particular interest at the present time is in Africa. We receive regular news from two families from UK who have been working in various roles over some years in the North of Uganda. They have introduced us to Ugandan colleagues who share the work with them. Modern technology makes this so much easier. We have committed to pray regularly for these people and situations.
We also support the work of BMS by collecting stamps. Items sent to the Stamp Bureau are sorted and priced by expert volunteers, and then sold on to collectors and dealers. The income raised is passed on to BMS to transform lives around the world. So please drop off your used stamps at our recycling area (outside the left hand side entrance to the building).
What is BMS?
BMS World Mission is a Christian mission organisation working in around 30 countries across four continents. BMS mission workers serve alongside local partners to make Jesus known and share the fullness of life that only He can bring.
BMS was founded by William Carey in 1792, and although things may look a little different over 200 years on, some haven’t changed at all. In our regular giving to the BMS as a church, we continue a legacy of reaching out to some of the most marginalised and least evangelised people in the world. From medical work to disaster recovery, church planting to education initiatives, the ongoing work transforms lives, providing help where it is most needed.
Over the next five years, BMS workers will also come alongside ‘people on the move’, who have been pushed by conflict, persecution, or a changing climate into fleeing from fragile contexts. All this is made possible through sending mission workers, as well as by supporting a network of incredible Christians overseas who long to see their local communities flourish.
It is our privilege to be involved with other UK Christians, individuals and churches, who share the vision for a world made better through Christ’s grace.
Spotlight on world mission
Every couple of months we share a Spotlight on World Mission, with our weekly mailing to church members. This short document shares news about the mission partners we support and information about global issues. Download recent editions here.
Who do we support?
There are agencies many and various which support mission overseas, as a Baptist Church we have longstanding links with BMS World Mission (Formally Baptist Missionary Society.). Click on image to find out more about them.
As a church we also support several charitable organisations for example we collect for Christian Aid at our Lent Lunches as part of the Churches Together annual activity. We also identify a ‘Nominated Mission’ to support for a 2-year period. This helps us to learn more about an area of work and dedicate our prayer and financial support.
Other members of our church community have links with agencies or people working overseas and will pray for them and give as they are able.
Called to serve?
If you feel God stirring something in you and have questions you want to ask about service in a different culture and different church family, then please speak to Revs Joe or Ruth Egan who be glad to put you in touch with someone who would be happy to talk with you.
BMS World Mission organises Action Teams for young people who would like to be involved in mission for their gap year. Again, please ask, and there will be someone who can give you information.