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Mission

Mission is faith in action

Here at St Mary’s, we actively support the work of 5 Mission Partners – B@titude, Inherit Your Rights, Kampala Children’s Centre, Salvation Army and The Message. In addition to prayers and practical help where possible, we donate 10% of our free will giving to our Mission Partners and enjoy welcoming them to our services.

Our Mission Committee meets regularly and its members share updates from our Mission Partners so that, as a church, we can respond to their spiritual, practical and financial needs. We value the relationships built with our Mission Partners over a number of years, although we do periodically review our partnerships. Our aim is to support the needs of Christian missionaries and organisations in their work, an outcome of which must be the spreading of the Gospel of Christ.

The Mission Committee also administers a small fund to enable St Mary’s to respond to requests for sponsorship for Christian mission activities from members of the congregation. Anybody who is currently on the electoral roll at St Mary’s may apply, including young people (under 25) whose parents are church members. Applications should be made in writing to the Rector.

Mission is supported more generally at St Mary’s with specific fundraising appeals led by church members, our women’s group, Heart and Soul, and our youth groups.

Mission is alive in St Mary’s!

Kampala Children’s Centre

Founded in 2005 by Bishop Arnold Muwonge, Kampala Children’s Centre (KCC) provides a safe and loving family home environment for some of Uganda’s most desperate and vulnerable children, orphaned or suffering as a result of war, HIV/AIDS and poverty. With the help of sponsors, KCC also offers schooling and medical care to children in the local community.

As a church, we have established close ties with KCC, with members of our church travelling to Uganda to provide ‘hands on’ support and a number of our congregation sponsoring children from the centre and the local community. We also host members of the KCC Destiny Choir on their regular visits to the UK. The Choir has toured the UK, Belgium and the USA, performing in Parliament, at No 10 Downing Street, at the UN building in New York, the Ugandan Embassy in Brussels and in front of the President of Uganda.

Our financial support has contributed to all aspects of the development of the Kampala Children’s Centre including provision of a well for fresh water and the building and equipping of the houses, a kindergarten, primary and secondary schools (complete with kitchen, dining hall and events/conference hall) and a medical centre.

Please support KCC when shopping online through http://easyfundraising.org.uk/.

Would you be able to sponsor a child at KCC or a child from the local community to attend KCC’s school?

Mission Partner Contact at St Mary’s – Sylvia Taylor

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B@titude

B@titude is a Christian charity committed to loving and serving the community of North Leatherhead through their shop in Kingston Road where they sell quality ‘as new’ clothes and equipment for babies and children at reasonable prices.  It has evolved into more than a shop through the years, in one person’s words ‘it’s a doorway into people’s lives and families’ and has become very much a part of the local community. Alongside the shop, B@titude offers a counselling service, staffed by professionals and they also organise days out, holidays, theatre trips, Mother’s Day meals and many more activities. They also run ‘The Hive’ at Leatherhead Community Hub, a space for adults to enjoy and explore art, colour, sewing, knitting, drawing and all kinds of creativity.  Learning new skills and discovering creative gifts builds confidence and self-esteem and can help combat loneliness and anxiety.

As well as making donations to the shop, members of St Mary’s congregation have volunteered their time to help in the shop and The Hive.

Parents & Grandparents, please use the shop and/or donate children’s clothes, toys and equipment.
Can you help by volunteering your time?

Mission Partner Contact at St Mary’s – Caroline Titford

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Inherit Your Rights

Inherit Your Rights (IYR) seeks to eradicate gender-based injustice for women and girls in Tanzania by bringing them under the rightful protection of the law through education and advocacy. IYR was co-founded in 2011 by St Mary’s church member, Katie Windridge. It is a Christian organisation made up of advocates for social justice, driven by faith and the Biblical call of Isaiah 1:17 to ‘Seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.’ They bring Awareness of women’s rights, delivering legal and human rights training events and short courses to many thousands of women each year. They provide Access to justice, offering free legal aid and counselling services to women and children. They equip women to take Action to attain justice, teaching participants of their Community Advisor Program how to be advocates for women’s rights and mentoring legal aid clients on how to represent themselves in the lower courts.  

Are you interested in volunteering?  As well as volunteer opportunities in Tanzania, you can work remotely from the UK to help with social media, marketing, fundraising & grant-writing.

 

Mission Partner Contact at St Mary’s – Katie Windridge

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Salvation Army, Guildford

In addition to financial donations, we support the local Guildford Salvation Army in very practical ways, through food donations and individual church members helping at the Salvation Army drop-in centre. The Guildford centre provides companionship, meals, food parcels and practical help and advice for people who are struggling with homelessness, loneliness, mental health and financial worries. They also run a lunch club for the elderly and a parents and toddler group which is particularly popular with single-parent families.

We donate a proportion of our Harvest Festival offering to the Salvation Army each year as well as other items, for example warm clothes and blankets to help people keep warm during the winter months. This relationship is very much mission in action as the connection is practical and relational and the support received from members of the St Mary’s congregation is greatly appreciated by the Salvation Army in Guildford.

Please place your food donations into the green box outside The Wheelhouse.
To make a financial donation please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/guildfordsalvationarmy.
Salvation Army are looking for volunteers to sort and distribute donations – can you help?

Mission Partner Contact at St Mary’s – Andrew Lydon

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The Message

The Message is a Christian organisation committed to sharing the love and good news of Jesus with the hardest-to-reach young people throughout the UK. It also has hubs in South Africa, Germany and Canada.

Through Creative Mission (bands, ‘No More Knives’ tours and gospel events), The Message brings the gospel to young people in schools in partnership with local churches. Eden sends and supports teams of urban missionaries to live sacrificially in the most deprived neighbourhoods, sharing the gospel and building community. Since 2020, The Message has opened 22 ‘Community Grocery’ stores, hubs at the heart of the community, offering low-cost food, practical advice and spiritual support to people who are struggling. The Prisons and Enterprise teams help people find Jesus in prisons and youth offenders’ institutions, helping ex-offenders break free of the cycle of offending by providing full-time jobs and training on release.  The Message Academy and Advance programmes train, equip and support the next generation of evangelists.

Would you like to visit an Eden team, take part in evangelism training or volunteer for work experience?

Mission Partner Contact at St Mary’s – Carolyn Palmer

 

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