Christ Church engaging with God’s world at home and abroad
Christ Church has links with several mission partners…
Christ Church World Mission Committee
We aim to spread the message of God’s love by supporting missions at home and abroad. Primarily we support our two mission partners to carry out their vital work. In the past we have supported up to four mission partners but recently, due to the reduction in the money available to us, we have not replaced mission partners as they have come to the end of their missions.
Jos Downey, Mission Without Borders – Joss visited us in October 2018. He described how the money given to MWB makes a difference in the poorest area of Europe. After the break up of the Soviet Union the Russians removed all the industrial infrastructure and took everything of value, leaving several Eastern block countries destitute – Moldova in particular. MWB is supporting families – one of their most important missions is to help fight the causes of people trafficking and the exploitation of vulnerable young girls.
MWB runs an annual programme called Operation Christmas Love, OCL, which comprises delivering vitally needed food and supply packages to poor and vulnerable families. In 2019 we decided to donate the money raised by the Giant Christmas Card to this cause. We are hoping Jos will be able to visit us again this year to update us personally on all the work MWB are involved with.
Wendy, Matilda Project – Zimbabwe– Working with orphans of HIVAIDS. 11 villages now have support groups set up supporting 216 members. A nutritious porridge breakfast is provided to school children – they mix it with a kind of peanut butter to boost its effectiveness. There are problems with crime and spiralling inflation making the work of the Matilda Project very challenging and at times very risky. Prayers are desperately needed for the protection of the Matilda Project operatives, the health of the children and those who are caring for them. Again we are hoping we can welcome Wendy back to Christ Church during 2020.
The 2019 allocation was made up from £2,000 carried forward from last year’s budget, 5% of Christ Church’s collections income (2019) as well as the profits from the 2019 summer fete totalling £10,000.
Mission Without Borders Moldova
Matilda Project Zimbabwe
The Rock Cheltenham Youth
Christian Aid Middle East Refugees
A Rocha UK Environmental
Prison Action & Care Trust Supporting prisoners and their families
Winstons Wish Support for grieving children in UK
Maggies Support for Cancer sufferers and their families
Gloucester Action for Refugees & Asylum Seekers Support for refugees and asylum seekers in our region
Listening Post Cheltenham Mental Health Support
Hesters Way Cheltenham family crisis support
Open Door Cheltenham Homeless
TIC Mental Health Support for teenagers
Mindsong Support for Dementia Sufferers
Helping the poor and needy of Cheltenham
James Hopkins Trust Supporting families with a child with a life limiting condition
Sue Ryder Hospice care
Street Pastors Community
Cheltenham Christian Arts Festival provides an opportunity for the town’s churches and wider community to come together in celebration of our artistic Christian heritage through contemporary and traditional arts, and to share the excitement of creative
expression. During the Festival and throughout the year, events and workshops
across Cheltenham offer film, music, visual arts, drama, literature, song, etc. for
all ages. We want to reflect the wonderful creativity of the God in whose image
we are made! Visit christianartsfestival.org
We also have several members involved with the Cheltenham Prayer for School
Network which we also support.
Chair of World Mission