Mission

The great thing about the local church is that we are also part of a global church. One way we express this sense of belonging is through links we form with different people, projects and organisations committed to extending God’s kingdom locally, nationally and globally. We commit to support these through prayer, personal contact and financial giving.

Heather Clements leads the Mission Support Team.  You can contact her through the Church Office (the mission e-mail address is currently unavailable).

These 8 principles guide our decisions on mission support:

  • Mission support should be global as well as local (Global mission agencies; Global mission – specific projects; Local Mission)
  • It should be well directed (limited to key partners) but reflect diversity of projects and partners – both geographically and thematically.
  • Mission support should wherever possible be based on meaningful relationships.
  • It is essential that there should be a “champion” within the church who can act as a contact point for each mission partner & be responsible for regular updates/literature etc
  • Opportunities for mission feedback and input should be planned into the annual cycle of Sunday services.
  • To start with (2014) we will aim to give 10% of our income to our mission partners
  • Part of our mission giving should be set aside as a contingency fund – to be used to respond to emergency requests.
  • Part of our mission giving should be set aside as a fund to support any of our church members engaging in short term mission.

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This Month’s Mission Focus is on The Women’s Worker’s Training Centre in Southern India.

WWTC is a Church of South India (CSI) project, supporting 67 villages and run by the CSI Order of Sisters. The Church on the Heath has been supporting WWTC since 2006 when Helen Ledger, a member of the Church, went there on a six-month placement.

The project focuses particularly on the holistic development and empowerment of women and girls in an area of rural deprivation, whilst also supporting the wider community.

Please pray for:

  • The good recovery of Rev. Sister Chellakani following a fall when she received a bad cut to her head.  She is the elder sister at WWTC and in her 70′s . She leads the Bible school training for the Trainees.
  • Support for Sister Kasthuri, the Superintendent, in her huge workload.
  •  Year 12 girls in the Magich IIlam boarding home, who have ALL just passed their final school years exams and now plan for their future , college, training and etc. Pray that their families will support the girls in Further and higher education and not want to arrange early marriages .
  •  Bible/ vocational course Trainees as they approach their final term at WWTC and take exams in typing, computing, sewing and embroidery.  Pray that they will find work following their graduation.
  •  The process of looking for the next year’s intake of Trainees on the one year Bible/ vocational course .
  •  The flaming June Curry nights hosted by members of CotH to raise money for WWTC

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Please pray regularly for all our Mission partners. For more details on each partner and their specific prayer needs click the links below.

  • Global Mission – specific projects:
  • Women Worker’s Training Centre, Tamil Nadu (S.India) – vocational & community development
  • Andrew & Maria Leake (CMS – N. Argentina) – land rights for indigenous people
  • The Jerusalem & the Middle East Church Association (JMECA) – medical work in Gaza and Egypt
  • The Sunflower Fellowship that funds Casa Valentin in Romania