Contact us: St. Margaret's Church Church Lane, Alderton NN12 7LP email us
Rector Andrea Watkins Phone: 01604 857619 Address: The Rectory, 37 High Street, Blisworth, Northants NN7 3BJ
Curate Sue Cooper Phone: 01604 764243 Address: The New Rectory, Barn Corner, Collingtree, Northampton NN4 0NF
Church Warden Amanda Jane Selvey Phone: 01327 811380

Mission

As Christians we are called to carry forward the work that Jesus Christ began. He said to those who followed him, ‘As the Father has sent me, so do I send you.’

 

The five marks of mission have been developed by the Anglican Consultative Council and were adopted by the General Synod of the Church of England in 1996. The Five Marks of Mission are:
* To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
* To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
* To respond to human need by loving service
* To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation
* To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth

At St. Margaret’s Church, we support various charities, both locally and internationally:

1. Northampton Street Church

Street Church is a joint churches project for homeless and other socially excluded people in Northampton. It meets every Sunday between 1:30pm and 3:30pm at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, providing guests with a lunch of soup, sandwiches, fruit and cakes. It also offers emergency clothing and signposts guests to various services, communities and churches in the area. Most importantly, it provides unconditional acceptance and a listening ear. One of the volunteers or a visitor gives a ‘Thought for the Day’ (around 2:15pm) which is followed by ‘circle time’ (around 3:00pm) during which guests can participate more closely in discussion and prayer if they would like to. It also has guest speakers, singers and a pamper session every 8 weeks. Although Street Church is a Christian organisation, motivated by the love of Jesus, it serves and respects all, regardless of gender, status, race or religion. It aims to provide an inclusive non-judgemental service to the entire community.

Different churches in and around Northampton provide the lunch every Sunday at no cost to the guests and a team from the benefice takes a turn three or four times a year. For details of when the team is next on duty, please see the events/what’s on page.

2. Send a Cow

“Never tell a young person that something can’t be done. God may have been waiting centuries for somebody ignorant enough of the impossible to do just that thing.”  (D. J. A Holmes)

Send a Cow was set up by a group of Christian dairy farmers from the UK over 25 years ago. Outraged at EU milk quotas, which were forcing them to slaughter healthy dairy cows, and in response to an appeal from Uganda for milk, they embarked on a project, which was set to become an innovative and practical charity. Uganda was just emerging from a long civil war, communities and their farmland had been destroyed and much of the country’s livestock wiped out. Several of the UK farmers flew to Africa to investigate how they could help. Meeting with Ugandan farmers, the Bishop of Mukono, and a livestock expert, they saw how smallholder dairy farming in Africa could work. People there were unable to feed themselves and milk would provide an instant source of nutrition. They returned to the UK determined to help, and sent cows from their own herds to Uganda. Send a Cow was born.

Send a Cow continues to work with farmers in Africa and currently has projects in seven different countries. At St. Margaret’s we support the charity’s Harvest appeal, by donating the proceeds from the sale of produce at our annual Harvest Festival service.

3. Water Aid

“We started because no charity like us existed. We’ll end when no charity like us is needed.”

WaterAid was officially established on 21 July 1981 after members of the U.K. Water industry, meeting at The Thirsty Third World Conference the previous year, decided to unite, to reach the millions of people living without clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. HRH the Prince of Wales became its first president in 1991; by 2004 it had become a global organisation and by 2016 it had reached 24.9 million people with clean water, 24 million with decent toilets and 16.7 million with good hygiene practices and counting…

St. Margaret’s Church supports WaterAid through it’s annual Lent Appeal.