St Mark’s Faith and Justice Group brings together members of the St Mark’s congregation and wider partners who see their Christian commitment as embracing social action in the parish of Broomhill and Broomhall and more widely. Ever mindful of the radical example that Jesus’s ministry provides as the way to live our lives and improve the lives of others, its remit includes:
- Developing ecumenical links with other Churches involved in social action.
- Ensuring that social concerns are recognised in worship and in the wider life of the church.
- Providing theological guidance and support for those involved in social action.
- Ensuring strategic oversight and prioritisation of key work streams (see below).
- Providing resources and training for those involved in social action.
- Organising Presentation and Discussion Evenings on topics of relevance to our congregation and its Faith and Justice remit, including hustings at General Elections.
The work streams currently being pursued are:
- Inclusivity: The Faith and Justice Group is committed to promoting and achieving full inclusion for all, at all levels of the church, celebrating our diverse abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity and socio-economic status.
- Poverty Action: Working closely with Sheffield’s branch of Church Action on Poverty, the Group is committed to helping St Mark’s engage with those in our local communities who are most affected by issues of poverty.
- Environmental Change: St Mark’s is an eco-congregation and the Group works to ensure that the Church continues to prioritise environmental awareness and action in support of a cleaner and more sustainable environment.
- Work with Older People: The Group works closely with other churches, especially Churches Together in Broomhall and Broomhill, to improve the lives of older people in the area.
- Asylum and Migration. St Mark’s is committed to welcoming asylum seekers and refugees and supports City of Sanctuary. The Group has organised training for those in the congregation who want to help asylum seekers, and works with others in Sheffield who support asylum seekers and refugees.
- Broomhall: The Group is committed to further strengthening its relationships within Broomhall, and is involved in developing and delivering on initiatives to achieve this.
It also works with other Church groups engaged in social action locally, including:
All meetings of the Faith and Justice Group are open to any member of St Mark’s to attend. Church members from our ecumenical partners are also very welcome.
Enquiries about St Mark’s activities in the field of faith and justice should be directed to the Group Facilitator, Joe Forde on firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Secretary, David Price, on email@example.com.