Mark Smith is a graduate of Oak Hill Theological College in North London and before studying, he was a Ministry Apprentice at St. Elizabeth’s, Dundonald, Belfast.
Though born in the Republic of Ireland, Mark was brought up in Carrickfergus, N. Ireland, where at the age of 14 Jesus changed his life. Since then, he has a desire to see other people experience a similar transformation and to grow in their love of Christ, particularly through the development of new Gospel-centred churches.
He says, “When we meet Jesus everything changes. One of the most exciting things he does for us is to bring us into a new family, the church. This family is how God has chosen to change the world by transforming people, giving them a new heart and teaching them what it means to love God and other people. Church planting, therefore, is about seeking to establish new expressions of the family of God.”
Latest News from Mark
The run up to Christmas is always a bit of a sprint, as I’m sure many of you know. Carol services, Christmas parties and other events not to mention sorting out gifts and decorations. This Christmas season is particularly manic here in Dublin. Last Sunday Philippa and I had our last morning service in Immanuel Church where we were commissioned in our work with City Church (along with Kieron and his family). That means from this Sunday, City Church will be meeting in the morning at a brand new location! We are blown away by God’s provision thus far and we are excited by the potential there is in our new location. During a meeting last week we discovered that Dublin Institute of Technology has opened a new campus near to where the church will be meeting. Currently it has 1,000 students; this number is set to balloon to 28,000 over the next 6 years. This is a tremendous encouragement to us because we had no idea this was the case and we hope we can reach out to them in the years to come. This Sunday (7th) will be are first time meeting in Chancery Place, this is a chance for us to figure out how everything works and address any issues that may arise because the following week (14th) we open the doors to the public with an all-age carol service. We have put together 300 candy cane invites to this service and we will be giving them out in the area and encouraging our members to invite friends. Please pray for the carol service as this will only be our second gathering in the building. Pray that everything would go smoothly, that new people would come and that we would have opportunities for follow up in the new year. Fundraising In addition to all of the changes and exciting developments here in Dublin there is the issue of fundraising. We have a vision for the next five years (and beyond) but it requires investment to make it happen. Many of you reading this, support me financially and I am incredibly grateful but would you please pray that others might catch the vision for church planting here in Dublin partner with us. At the moment we need to raise €85,000 per year for the next 5 years. That’s not for me personally (!) rather it covers our entire budget. The members of City Church are aiming to raise 15% of that but we are young and like any new venture need start up costs. Our desire is to see City take more and more responsibility for itself financially but in the meantime we need outside help. To that end we are applying to trusts, talking to individuals and churches. If you are reading this and you know of anyone who might be interested in supporting us people get in touch with me (email below); or if you would like to give for the first time we would love to hear from you! Our goal with fund raising is simply to be enabled to do the work of ministry here in Dublin and trust the Lord for our daily bread. Thank you for your continued support and partnership in the gospel.
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