The Anglican Church of Canada has undertaken a bold new program to encourage the faithful to better understand how they are living out the Marks of Mission.
The Marks of Mission describe and encourage ministry that includes:
· Proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom
· Teaching, nurturing and baptizing new believers
· Responding to human need with loving service
· Seeking to transform unjust structures of society
· Striving to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
A website at www.anglican.ca/marks explains how the Marks of Mission may be useful. It also describes a number of mission-themed contests designed to help people share great ideas and enhance ministry right across the country.
The Sunday school curriculum contest encourages Sunday school teachers to share their ideas for a Marks of Mission children’s resource. Four winners-one from each ecclesiastical province-will be flown to Toronto in November 2011 for a weekend workshop given by a top children’s educator. Winners will also receive a gift for their Sunday school.
The Song Contest asks those who have written a song that reflects any or all of the Marks of Mission to send in a home recording of the song. The winner will receive a professional recording session and the song will be promoted throughout the Anglican Church of Canada.
Entries for both contests can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to: Marks of Mission contests, The Anglican Church of Canada, 80 Hayden St., Toronto, Ont., M4Y 3G2.
All submissions must be received by Oct. 14.