Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Mathew 28:18-19)
The purpose of the mission work we do at Great Ayton Methodist Church is to try and follow this ‘Great Commission’ that is given to every follower of Jesus Christ.
It is the responsibility of the whole Church to ensure that we remain committed to this focus on mission. All we do is out of concern for God’s glory and the extension of His kingdom.
At Great Ayton Methodist Church we structure how we undertake this work into four main areas:
- Worship: the expression of our love of and reverence for God. Read more here
- Children and young people: our work to support, care for and show God’s love for children and their families. Read more here
- Church in the community: our work to minister to and care for people in the village and wider world to show God’s love for all people. Read more here
- Pastoral: to be a family in Christ who care for, pray for and support one another at all times, especially in times of need. Read more here
Holy Habits is an adventure in Christian discipleship. Inspired by Luke’s model of church found in Acts 2:42–47, it identifies ten habits and encourages the development of a way of life formed by them.
The habits are: Biblical Teaching, Fellowship, Breaking Bread, Prayer, Sharing Resources, Serving, Eating Together, Gladness and Generosity, Worship, and Making More Disciples.
Great Ayton Methodist Church, along with the other churches in the Stokesley Methodist Circuit are following this programme for the next couple of years. Starting with eating together the aim is that we build by adding another habit every three months or so and that by the end of the programme churches will be living these habits out in our worship, pastoral and mission life. The next ‘habit’ we will begin to focus on in September is ‘fellowship’.
As a church we regularly eat together and food and fellowship is a key part of our mission. We serve lunches to members of the community almost every week, eat Sunday lunch together as a church every month. We run a coffee morning every Saturday and serve bacon butties and coffee on a monthly basis. Children attending J Time have a healthy after school snack before their Tuesday afternoon session. Recently, over 30 children and their family members had a party tea at the J Time ‘end of term ‘party and members of the youth group met together for a barbecue. A bring and share picnic is planned for August.
You can learn more about the activities and events we run on our ‘What’s On‘ page.
We ask for your prayers as we try and live our lives in the way that Luke instructs the early church to do.
The church and its members give formally and informally to a number of charitable causes throughout the year. However, each year the church selects a particular charity or charities that it will support by tasing funds from activities and events, Various church groups and individuals take part, either running or supporting events.
Traditionally the church selects more local charities for one year then a more internationally focused causes the next although this varies from time to time.
The charities are selected based on needs at the time, connections of church members or other local, national or international events and needs.
For 2019 the church will be raising money for The Smiles Foundation, a Christian charity supporting the Roma and other communities in Romania. You can find out more about the work of The Smiles Foundation here.
Look out on our What’s on page for upcoming events.