The word ‘Mission’ means….
an important assignment given to a person or group of people;
the calling of Christianity to go out into the world and spread the good news of our faith;
a strongly felt aim, ambition, or calling.
The word ‘Outreach’ means to stretch out your arms.
What do we do in terms of mission and outreach?
We are called to go out into our community and stretch out our arms to spread the good news of our faith, to offer hope to those in need regardless of background or belief, and to provide a welcoming, vibrant and peaceful space in which everyone has a sense of belonging and can fulfil their potential.
Our focus for mission and outreach throughout the year has been on the development of an evolving project, building on the ongoing partnership work with a number of statutory and voluntary agencies within the town, including Womens Aid, the Inter Ethnic Forum, Public Health and Prisoners' Families.
We are engaged with ‘Habitat for Humanity’ to restore the premises of the old manse on the Ballymoney Road which have become vacant. Our aim is to provide a safe space which will be a flexible and welcoming place open to all. The project will offer wellbeing activities, a centre for local events, a safe living space for vulnerable young people and a space for other agencies to interact with small groups and individuals within the local community. Our growing partnership with Habitat will provide opportunities for cross-community relationships to deepen.
The members of Ballymena Methodist Church are taking seriously the challenge of whole life discipleship and together we are moving out in new ways "To serve the Present Age".