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.

p-header_blank

This Month’s Mission Focus is on the Church Team visit to Casa Valentin (Romania).

Our Mission Focus for August is the Mission Visit to Romania by our church team 18-25 August (The Sunflower Fellowship of Romania )

The Sunflower Fellowship is a Christian charity, set up in 2001 to build and fund Casa Valentin, a staffed home in Romania providing a holiday for sick or underprivileged children.  It also provides a social programme, allowing poorer school and kindergarten children a good meal and help with homework, all in a loving, Christian environment.

Many children who have stayed at Casa Valentin come from institutions such as children’s hospices, orphanages and the small family-style units that are being set up by Child Protection departments. There are many other children who have been diagnosed as HIV positive who continue to live with their families. It is difficult for parents of sick children to cope with this situation and the whole family can benefit from the kind of short break we offer them.

Current Prayer needs:

  • GIVE THANKS that 8 social programme children were able to go on a week’s Christian holiday to the nearby Mountains with Adrian, Gabriela and other staff and children.
  •  PRAY for our Church Team (13) visiting Casa Valentin 18-25 August, and all their preparations for the Holiday club they will provide for the children   having a holiday, and the local village children who will attend each day.
  •  GIVE THANKS for the Romanian staff members: Gabriela (our Manager), Ani (who teaches the Social Programme children, Nina (the cook), and the carers, Cornelia, Violeta and Geta.  REMEMBER Pastor Adrian, who is chairman of the charity and is responsible for the work at Casa Valentin, and Gabriela as she books in and prepares for all the holiday groups for this summer.
  • PRAY that the school children from Cataloi and other local areas who visit once a week during term time may learn how to care for each other, as well as to love God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

p-header_blank

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