I approached the Mission not quite knowing what to expect. What I found was
exciting. The church looked wonderful every day, the music was both moving
and inspiring and I was eager to return every night to listen to the message. I
found it very challenging and a time to reflect on the true values of the Christian
faith. For me personally it was a great joy to share it with family and friends and
also to meet new people. I really appreciated all the work that was put into the
Mission by many members of the church — so thank you all very much.
Elaine Holland

I had been quietly excited about the Mission, praying for its success and that I
would take something from it on a personal level. I was not disappointed. Each
one of the services I attended instilled thought, reaffirming my dedication to
following Jesus and allowing God to be central in my life. I feel I'm being pulled
from the 'periphery of church life' towards being more involved at its core. I
eagerly await the CD of Bishop Jack's talks and am especially looking forward
to listening to the last three, for which I was unable to attend.
Melanie Siddy

John and I had recently started attending church and were looking forward to the
Mission. Everyone in the church seemed to be busy in preparation, planning
and visiting local families to invite them to attend. I was wondering what I could
do to help when sadly I had an accident and fractured my leg. After discharge
from hospital I was unable to offer practical help but prayed for the work of the
Mission. Attending the nightly meetings was my first venture out of the house
and greatly helped in my recovery. Sharing this time of fellowship, prayer and
learning under Bishop Jack's ministry brought me closer to God than I have
been for a long time and helped me to get to know other church members
better. I feel very blessed by the support and concern shown to me, particularly
during the Mission time.
Janet Daniels

I left the Methodist church at the age of sixteen feeling somewhat disenchanted
with what it seemed to represent. More recently I have become a regular (if
somewhat infrequent) attendee at St Mary's and in many ways I'm still finding
my way around. The Mission was a real eye opener for me; Bishop Jack's eight
part sermon left me with plenty to think about and a very different view of what
the established church is about. Sadly the big 'Mission' push is over, where its
momentum will take me in the future I do not know we will just have to wait and
see. The mission banner may have come down but the mission continues.

Peter Lonsborough

Mission, door knocking, 10 days! Oh dear this is not for me, can I do it, how can
I spare the time? I found that it was for me. I did the door knocking and talked to
those who answered. I only came across two negative people and I found the
time. I am not saying I got everything right but it was well worth the effort. I feel
the church (the congregation not the building) have come closer together as a
family and I pray we will reap the fruits of our efforts as the Lord wills.
Alwyne Hill
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Jack Nicholls,
The Bishop of Sheffield
You can use the player above
to hear the Covenant Prayer
Bishop Jack used during the
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The Comers
Pictured below are the smiling faces of those Mission Team workers who came
from outside our Church community to support us throughout the mission.
Sister Ros
St Mary's Mission - 2007
Led by Bishop Jack - Bishop of Sheffield
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Martin the Man
behind the camera

Covenant Prayer

Most merciful God, I am
no longer my own, but
Put me to what you
will, rank me with
whom you will;
put me to doing, put me
to suffering;
let me be employed for
you or laid aside for you,
exalted for you or
brought low to you;
let me be full, let me be
let me have all things,
let me have nothing;
I freely and
wholeheartedly yield all
things to your pleasure
and disposal.
And now glorious and
blessed God, Father,
Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am
yours now and for

Mission Prayer

Father, you have called
us to share in your
mission here.
Make us worthy of our
Fill us with the power
of your Spirit.
Deepen our faith and
direct our prayers,  so
that the light of Christ
may shine in our hearts
and minds.
We pray that the
warmth of that love
touch the hearts and
minds of those we meet
each day.
We ask this through
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Five personal views on the Mission