Mission - local
Smithton Church is situated in the heart of the Smithton community, but we have members that come from all over Inverness to worship with us. As a church, we strongly believe that part of our local mission is the responsibility we have to follow the example of Jesus by making more followers of Jesus in our day to day lives with the relationships that we have with people in our communities, be it the people we live with, work with, go to school with, or socialise with. As Christians we believe we are commanded to share the message of salvation that Jesus offers with everyone we know.
The wider Smithton community is very important to us as a church. We aim to show the love of Jesus through not just what we say, but what we do as a church, by supporting the practical needs of the people around us as best we can. Our new fund Compassion in Crisis is one way in which we seek to do that.
Everything in our lives should be dedicated to God in worship, including our day-to-day activities. We need to be intentionally living out the gospel and the great commission of Jesus Christ, either in our work place, our neighbourhood, or our homes. Some practical examples include (but are not limited to!) the following:
eating with non-Christians
serving our neighbours
sharing a hobby with non-Christians
participating in city and community events
volunteering with non-profits
engaging in meaningful conversations with co-workers
Christianity Explored is a course for people of all ages who’d like to either investigate Christianity for the first time or brush up on the basics. It explores who Jesus was, what his aims were, and what it means to follow him. There’s no praying, singing or clapping, and you won’t be asked to read aloud. If you want to, you can come along and simply listen
We have already held several Christianity Explored courses in Smithton. A simple meal is provided at the start of the evening. After the meal, people remain at their table of 8-10 people and the conversation turns to the course material from the week before. There then follows a DVD presentation on the theme for that week and time for more questions.
Contact us in the office if you’d like more information on upcoming courses. You can also visit the Christianity Explored website here.
Blythswood’s motto is “Christian care for body and soul”. They are a registered charity organisation, whose main purpose is to “[combine] the Christian message with practical help for those in need”. They serve in a number of ways, locally and internationally, through the Highland Foodbank, child sponsorship, the Shoebox Appeal, and others.
To get involved with Blythswood, you can visit their website here.