God wants all of his people to seek his coming kingdom and his right ways, first and foremost. 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 and further afield. Key local events are the annual Summer BBQ and Carol Service, well attended by people from Marston, and the monthly service MNC holds in-house at a residential care home. We also run a Holiday Bible Club for children aged 5 to 11 each October half-term.
We support varied ministries financially and in prayer: for example, our friends Peter and Rachel Calvert working with France Mission in Blois; and 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 each year.
MNC also supports the theological and ministerial training at Toronto Baptist Seminary (TBS) of Clive Bowsher, our Pastor-in-training.
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. 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).