God wants all of his people to seek his coming kingdom and his right ways. The Bible, and pastors and teachers who teach it faithfully, are a vital means by which Christ equips his people to live for him in the world:
And it was he [Jesus] who gave the apostles, prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for the work of service, to build up the body of Christ, until we all […] become mature. (Ephesians 4, v.11-13)
As a church, MNC actively seeks to communicate the message Christ has entrusted to us, building meaningful relationships in our communities. Each week at our Sunday morning service we proclaim the wonderful news of Christ’s life, death and resurrection. We encourage one another to share this with friends and neighbours.
Each year we hold a summer BBQ and Carol Service, well attended by people from Marston. There is also a monthly service that MNC puts on at Marston Court, a residential care home. In the October half-term we run a holiday Bible club for children aged 5 to 11.
We support a variety of ministries financially and in prayer:
- One of our members, Philip Amos, who we are looking to send as a missionary to work in London with CWI.
- Our friends Peter and Rachel Calvert who are church planting with France Mission in Blois.
- Morning Star, a daycare centre in South Africa for children with HIV and AIDS. Joan Adams, who founded Morning Star, comes to visit us in Oxford occasionally.
- Open Doors, an organisation that supports the persecuted church across the world.
We express our love for the Lord with the whole of our lives, offering them to him in grateful worship (Rom 12 v.1). And so our members are involved in many different walks of life, such as helping neighbours and volunteering in local schools. Our Pastor, David Earl, also serves on the board of governors of London Seminary and chairs the standing committee of the Oxford InterCollegiate Christian Union (OICCU).