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Annual Mission Day 2017


GBM’s Annual Mission Day is one of the largest world mission gatherings in the UK. This year we meet at Friends House in London, on Saturday 28 October. Friends House is opposite Euston Station, and is easily accessed from Euston on the Northern and Victoria lines, and Euston Square on the Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith and City lines.


The theme of the day is ‘Bringing the truth to light’, echoing the opening words of Martin Luther’s ninety-five theses that started the Reformation 500 years ago. Mission is still about the task of bringing the truth to light where it is not known. We will be looking at how the truth of justification by faith alone still liberates people from all spiritual backgrounds. Just as Luther used the printing press to spread his message, so we are using the new media to spread the gospel across the world and equip Christian leaders to serve.


Our main preacher will be Matt Gamston. Matt served for over ten years in the Philippines, working among the homeless, and partnering with local churches in training leaders. Matt is now co-pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, Gloucester.


Through the day there is a full programme of mission presentations from 11am to 3pm, full details of which can be found on the downloadable programme here. Please note some changes from the previously published version.  


We always prepare new resources for Annual Mission Day. As well as the normal things, such as our Annual Report or our map for your church display board, this year Andrew cook has published a book, The Reformation – a sound-bite history which will be available on the day at a special price. We will also be launching our new children’s magazine, Let’s Go!, and a new Bible study resource pack for youth groups looking at Paul’s mission in Athens. There will be plenty of parcels you can take to post for us, which go to pastors in the developing world.   


Friends House includes a café where you can get teas and coffees, and enjoy these in the quadrangle with friends, or indoors in the Waldo Williams suite. Downstairs there is also a good basement restaurant. There are other food options in the local neighbourhood.


There is a Mission Club for primary school kids 2:00-4:00pm. This is in the Elizabeth Fry suite on the second floor. The theme is ‘in the marketplace’, helping children understand mission as it was is Paul’s day, and how it is today. There will be songs, a craft and lots of activities to fill the time.