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.
This Month’s Mission focus is The Sunflower Fellowship.
The Sunflower Fellowship is a Christian charity, set up in 2001 to build and fund Casa Valentin, a home in Romania staffed by local Christians, providing a holiday for sick or underprivileged children. It houses up to sixteen children, for a week at a time during most of the year; they are cared for in a warm, loving, Christian home with good food and activities. Casa Valentin also provides a social programme, giving poorer school and kindergarten children locally a meal and help with homework.
Last Christmas, Church on the Heath donated more than £300 to provide special shoe-boxes for children with disabilities, and in total we sent 38 shoe-boxes to Romania – THANK YOU VERY MUCH!! Adrian told us that the gifts were so well received and the parents of children with autism were in tears that the “group from UK” did not forget about them. Also, they really appreciated that the gifts were customised to their children’s needs.
Please pray for:
- plans for a group of Church on the Heath men to visit Casa Valentin in May, to build some much needed new outdoor play equipment and make repairs to the outdoor facilities which are so important to all the children visiting and staying there.
- the school children from Cataloi and other local areas who visit once a week during term time – that they may learn how to care for each other, as well as to love God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
- God’s continued financial blessing for the work of Sunflower Fellowship, as a Charitable Trust who has been a significant funding partner comes to an end this year – and national salary level increases mean the wages bill will go up, alongside increased fuel costs.
Please pray regularly for all our Mission partners.
For more details on each partner and their specific prayer needs click the links below, and/or look at our Mission wall beside the door to the creche.
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
Short Term Mission Fund