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 Christian Aid
Christian Aid is a partnership of people, churches and local organisations committed to ending poverty worldwide. For 75 years, they have provided humanitarian relief and long-term development support for poor communities worldwide, while highlighting suffering, tackling injustice and championing people’s rights. They are actively involved in several coalitions and networks, including the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and the Climate Coalition, enabling them to tackle the underlying causes of poverty and challenge the systems that keep people poor.
Church on the Heath has supported Christian Aid for many years through house to house collections, cake sales, concerts, big brekkies, emergency appeals, street collections and the mission team.
This Christian Aid Week is like no other. Under the current circumstances, sadly, house-to-house collections across Fleet and our regular local church events including our church family breakfast cannot go ahead. As an alternative Christian Aid is building a vibrant, virtual Christian Aid Week so you can take part with our online community. We would love you to join in to show love for our neighbours near and far, as a global family and here are a few ideas…
- Worship and Prayer: Join a Live-streamed Christian Aid Week service with Dr Rowan Williams on Sunday 10 May @1.00pm or click and register to join the Daily prayer and reflection session online during Christian Aid Week (10th – 16th May)
- Family fun: Join in one of Christian Aid’s Daily fun quizzes during Christian Aid Week (10th – 16th May)
- Give: Support this year’s Christian Aid week appeal using the red E-envelope.
Please pray for:
- Christian Aid staff, partners and the communities they serve around the world in their response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Pray for wisdom, protection and strength.
- Pray for countries like Nigeria and for displaced people like the Rohingya in Bangladesh already in desperate need, now facing a more uncertain future as families and households watch their entire income stream dry up. Pray for those who have no choice but to go out to work and for those who have lost loved ones.
- Pray that in this country and in the rest of the world that Christ would raise up His Church to be His well-washed hands and faithful feet, to be present to the pain and to respond with love in action, if even from a safe distance.
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