We believe that we are stronger when we work together and can achieve more than we could by ourselves. Working in partnership and being affiliated with other organisations ensures that we do not stand alone and that we can share the blessings and burdens of ministry with others.
To help in our understanding of how our partners fit into the life of the church, they may be thought of as being in three distinct categories:
- Our Gold level partners are those organisations that work nationally and internationally as part of our wider "denomination" or type of church.
- Our silver partners are those which are local to Southport and support the work of the wider church in our local area.
- Our bronze level partners are those which are specific to our church and support the ministries that are unique to us.
Baptists Together is a unified network of over 2000 churches, 13 regions and 6 colleges across the length and breadth of the country. This "Baptist Union of Great Britain" has a vision to be a movement to grow healthy churches in relationship for God mission.
Mission is at the heart of what we do, both at home and abroad. BMS (Baptist Mission Society) World Mission supports this work across the globe through a network of mission partners and initiatives, often in places which you probably wouldn't want to go on holiday to.
The North West Baptist Association, covering Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester all the way up to Cumbria, is one of the regional baptist associations that seek to support Baptist churches in their area.
The Southport and Area Schools Workers Trust is a Scripture Union Local Mission Partner, set up in 1999 by churches and Christians in Southport and Formby, who wanted to serve their local schools.
For two decades, the majority of schools across Southport, Formby and surrounding areas have benefitted through assemblies, lessons, presentations and extra-curricular clubs and activities. These have been delivered by a schools worker, a team of local church volunteers, a Pais Project team of gap year apprentices, and most recently a part time sports ministry leader.
The aim of SASWT is to see this work continue, grow and develop through working in partnership with local schools and local churches, in order to share and demonstrate the Good News of Jesus.
Compassion Acts is the umbrella charity for poverty reduction and justice within Southport. Projects include the Foodbank, (which follows the Trussel Trust model); money, welfare and benefits advice; and the Food Pantry.
Places Of Welcome is a network of safe places where people can connect, belong and contribute.