At The Drive Methodist Church we seek to reach out to our local community and to the wider world. We seek to follow John Wesley’s advice – “Having first gained all you can, and secondly saved all you can, then give all you can”. We support efforts to fulfil Christ’s “Great Commission” to “Go forth and make disciples of all nations”, largely through fund raising and support of a range of national and international charities, and some of our members play a major part particularly in “Future Pillars” and “Deptford Mission”.
Our outreach starts with our local Community in and around the town of Sevenoaks.
Little Drivers is a wonderful example involving a number of people from the church and run by Barbara Smith, Gill Clayton and Jane Pritchard. It takes place in the Cornwall Hall and up to 25 toddlers with their mums, grandparents or other carers, attend weekly in term-time, for fun and games with toys and various ride-ons. Then there are snacks, craft activities, and a sing-song at the end. It is gloriously chaotic and great fun!
We also think of Deptford Mission as local, being only an hour’s drive away, and have a close association and many contacts through the year. Future Pillars Zambia is a relatively small charity with which one of our members Kathryn Barron is closely associated. None of the trustees takes any expenses and we very much enjoy seeing where our donations and support go to, and having regular reports and updates from Kathryn. Other Charities covers a wide range of other national and international Methodist and other charities, to which The Drive donates from its own resources or through organising collections or fund-raising events.
A number of people use the “Methodist Prayer Handbook” which helps us to offer informed prayers for home and abroad. “World Church News” comes in monthly by email, and a printout is on the book-rack to be borrowed, together with “Prayer and Care” updates on “Mission Partners”, and copies of the quarterly “One Mission Matters”. The new CONNEXION magazine is full of amazing stories of outreach in Britain – copies are free and some of the last edition are still on the Information Table so please take one!