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Winchester Mission Action is shaped by the life and work of Jesus. We are active participants in helping to renew our society and address the concerns of our cities, towns and villages across Hampshire and East Dorset.

For our churches to be fully open, offering a safe haven for local communities and with the love of Jesus flowing outwards through good works and social action, requires us to adapt and change. This includes re-thinking the shape and context of church as an institution; our buildings, our organisation and how we seek to use our gifts and time.

WMA is focused on a number of priority areas, including revitalisation of our city centre churches, establishing new forms of church beyond the traditional model, reaching out to residents on new housing developments, supporting students while at college or university, and re-thinking rural church. The unifying theme across these areas is to bring the message of Jesus to younger generations and thereby achieve sustainable growth for the common good.

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MEET THE TEAM

mark lowman

Mark is responsible for the strategic development, ongoing management and continuing devlopment of the project programmes as part of Winchester: Mission Action.

    

Ben Jackson 2018

Hey, my name is Ben and I am the Student Mission Enabler for the Diocese. I am helping to lead the Student Evangelism Project which seeks to partner with key local churches with large numbers of students in both Further and Higher education studying nearby. The project is key in engaging with a generation of young people which is largely untouched in a faith context, as well as being a platform to try out new and innovative ways of sharing faith. My role will involve walking with these local churches, helping with recruitment, providing relevant training and support for specific lay staff, and demonstrating how to engage with students practically. I am really excited to see students choosing a life of discipleship for the first time, to observe the generation of new models of sharing faith, and for our diocese to become a hub for student evangelism in the UK.

Siobahn

Siobahn provides support to members of the project team and deals with website adminstration.

  

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My name is Jen and I am the Community Development Enabler currently co-ordinating the MDA project (MDA standing for Major Development Areas). I’m supporting churches across the diocese to engage with new housing developments in their local area in a variety of ways. I will be exploring what sustainable community engagement looks like and how the local church can be equipped to be a catalyst for positive social change in their community. The aim of the project is that churches will be enabled to be at the heart of each new community through the building of relationships and partnering in a range of projects and activities that both bless and empower residents of new housing developments across the diocese.

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Jon has recently joined the Strategic Development Team at Old Alresford Place to help with some of the practicalities of the project. He is working with the three pilot Benefices of the Future – Avon Valley, North Hampshire Downs and Pastrow- to help them launch time saving systems around church management and friendly modern websites all under their own unique identities. The aim is to expand our worshipping communities. Looking ahead, he will then help them report back on their successes and the challenges, so the project can be expanded to many other benefices.

    

WMA Luke

In starting as Fundraising Manager for Winchester Mission Action, I have had to hit the ground running! We’ve got lots going on across the Diocese as part of the wider programme, but as a starter, it has been great getting stuck into working on our launch project at Saint Mary’s Church, Southampton. The Diocese is instating a Resource Church into the building which lies at the heart of the city, to support and serve the current congregation and those who live in the surrounding area. It’s great to be part of such a project, raising the necessary funds to revitalise and restructure the building so that it can be a fantastic community space. The new Saint Mary’s team’s core message of ‘Family. Fearless. Fun.’ is inspiring!

The church has its official reopening on 12th November and we’re striving to get the works done so that it can be effective for as many as possible.

SAINT MARY'S, SOUTHAMPTON

On 30 September 2018 we gathered at Saint Mary's Church in Southampton for the first Sunday service of a new era.

Led by Jon and Hannah Finch, together with a vibrant worship team, we offered thanks and praise for the continuing revitalisation of this iconic church and its faithful worshipping community. We continue to pray for Saint Mary's; that it will be an open church offering a safe haven for the local community and the love of Jesus will flow outwards through good works which are a blessing to the city centre.

"St Marys was full to the brim with worshipping saints - a prophetic vision of the church for the city, filled with the life giving Spirit of God. Its’ mission: to overflow into the city and beyond bringing the life changing transformative love of God to all."


About Saint Mary's

The re-opening of Saint Mary’s Southampton is the culmination of a two-year project to renew the facilities within this beautiful building and to recruit a new staff team. Our focus is very much on younger generations, including students and young families. However, there will be services of different styles and a warm welcome for those of all ages.

The revitalisation of Saint Mary’s Southampton is one part of a wider programme of change under the banner of Winchester Mission Action!

How you can help?

Winchester Mission Action is underway! We are about to launch Saint Mary’s church in Southampton as a new Resource Church, which is the start of a series of engaging projects across the area.

We are looking for supporters to be a part of this journey. There are many ways you can be involved with the project, whether that’s through your time, your prayers or your money. Saint Mary’s Church is a perfect example of where your money can make a real difference to a project, with other areas also requiring financial support.

Every penny you donate will help us realise our vision of reaching the missing generations and new communities in exciting and innovative ways. I would love to let you know more about what we’re up to and how you can help!

If you feel moved to support Winchester Mission Action please do get in touch: luke.maundrell@winchester.anglican.org


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