St Mary’s has a number of mission partners, based both locally and overseas. We offer support through prayer, promoting their work and financially, giving 10% of the church’s income away to our partners and other causes and emergencies as they arise.
Every few months we invite one of our partners to our 10.30 service to tell us about their work. Pam, one of our Mission team, also hosts regular Mission Lunches, a friendly way of promoting Mission and also a highlight of our social calendar at St Mary’s.
Most years we have a ‘lent to harvest’ project: this year we are raising money to pay for a well in Northern Uganda.
Our Mission Partners include:
In Summer 2013 St Mary’s sent a team to Amigos’ project ‘Kira Farm’ in Uganda, beginning what we hope will be long and fruitful partnership. Click to find out more about the trip. We now sponsor one of the young people who is training there. Visit their website here.
Barnabas Fund serves the suffering Church and makes its needs known to Christians around the world, encouraging them to pray. It also provides practical help. www.barnabasfund.org
Birmingham City Mission
Birmingham City Mission is an interdenominational Christian charity working in Birmingham to bring the Good News of Jesus by word and deed to the people of the city. Our harvest gifts go to the mission and we have a toy service just before Christmas – all these gifts are then distributed to the needy. www.birminghamcitymission.co.uk
Betel’s mission is to bring long-term freedom and restoration to lives broken by drug and alcohol abuse and its Birmingham base is right on our doorstep! We have helped finance the refurbishment of the men’s kitchen in the centre at Weatheroak. www.betel.uk
Church Mission Society
We support Kate Quarrell who is working in Kuluva, NW Uganda as a midwife teacher. Through training midwives she hopes to help improve the health and wellbeing of pregnant women and newborn babies. www.cms-uk.org
Phil and Jane Jackman
This Birmingham-based couple work with Agape which ministers among businesspeople, helping them articulate their faith, providing opportunities for seekers to discuss belief and bringing a biblical perspective to workplace issues. www.agape.org.uk
Operation Christmas Child
Every Christmas we fill shoeboxes with gifts for children in the Third World. Operation Christmas Child is part of Samaritans Purse, which funds a variety of relief projects in developing countries. www.samaritanspurse.uk.com
Send a Cow
As its name suggests, Send a Cow provides livestock – goats, chickens and rabbits as well as cows – and training in how to care for them to disadvantaged families in six countries in Africa. In a ‘lent to harvest’ project we raised enough money to purchase a whole farmyard of animals! www.sendacow.org
Tear Fund is a well known Christian relief organisation, seeking to relieve suffering and offer hope to people in many parts of the Third World. It is increasingly active in advocacy on behalf of the world’s poor and disadvantaged, wherever they are. www.tearfund.org
Tools With a Mission
This small charity collects and refurbishes tools, sewing and knitting machines and computers to send out to training centres in Africa, so that those who have completed vocational courses can be given the equipment they need to set up in business. One of their beneficiaries is Kira Farm (see Amigos above). www.twam.co.uk