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 Mission 

Local 

Community groups we support in the local area

National 

Projects we support in the UK

 

International

Projects we support overseas

 

Local Mission 

The Link Project

The Link project is a Stratford upon Avon District Council managed initiative to support rough sleepers, former rough sleepers and anyone who feels socially isolated.

More information can be found on the web page: 

 

It has been meeting at the church twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1pm to 3pm when church volunteers assist council staff and support workers from P3. This is on a temporary basis until the opening of the Fred Winter Centre when full support facilities will be available on a permanent basis. 

The Foodbank 

As with many towns, Stratford has a Foodbank which aims to provide emergency food supplies for those in need. 

As a church, we are voucher holders and can refer those in crisis to the Foodbank.

We also regularly collect food to donate to the Foodbank.

 

National Mission 

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Home Mission is all about helping Baptist churches and individuals to reach their mission potential and bring the love of God to their communities.

Communities around our nation are being transformed by Home Mission through grants to churches and regions which facilitate church planting, the resourcing of local churches and enable churches to develop new and creative mission projects. Through Home Mission, hundreds of lives have been affected and many have found faith in Jesus.

The money raised to the BU Home Mission Fund is used in the following ways:
 

  • Provides Grants to local churches. These 200+ grants identified by regional associations include church planting, renewing local churches and mission project grants. Through Home Mission, hundreds of lives have been affected and many have found faith in Jesus. To find out about grants available to your church, please contact your regional association.

  • Supports Regional Associations, who are engaged in missional development in their area, supporting new initiatives and churches and supporting the on-going work of churches and their ministers and families.

  • Supports Three Specialist Teams to resource churches in their work through legal, ministries and finance support. In addition, representing the mission of God in national ways such as engaging with Government and speaking out on matters of faith.

 
 

International Mission 

As a church we currently support 3 international missions: AMEN Trust; Arise Kapumpe, and HeartLink.

 

We also support BMS through their birthday scheme.

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AMEN is a Christian Charity formed in 1995 by Gareth Bolton of Operation Mobilisation to channel resources to Christians who are working to make a difference in their own countries (known as partners).

Look at their website for details of all their partners in India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania and Serbia.

Over the years support and donations received by AMEN have been used by God to bring great blessings to people - both in practical help and spreading the good news of the Gospel. Since 2009 thousands of AMEN shoeboxes have been distributed in Romania helping to bring joy and encouragement to needy families.

Amen Prayer Updates 

Click here to open the prayer bulletin for November 2021 

Shoeboxes for Romania

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BMS works among some of the most marginalised and least evangelised people, in some of the most fragile places on earth. We aim to bring life in all its fullness through seven key ministries: church, development, education, health, justice, leadership and relief.

BMS Birthday Scheme 

This is the 8th year that SBC have taken part in the Amen Trust Romanian shoebox appeal. We had two very busy evenings when a small group met to pack up lots of donations in family shoeboxes. A grand total of 596 shoeboxes were packed up in large cardboard boxes, including 386 from our local Stratford collection. 

 

It was great to receive filled shoeboxes from local groups - including schools, churches, WI, Slimming World groups, Scouts, Brownies, NFU Mutual and Alveston Leys Care Home - and many individuals. All donations received will help each family in Romania who receive a shoebox to feel loved and valued this Christmas.

 

Later in December we hope to share photos of the shoeboxes being handed out in Romania. It is great that Dinah is working out in Romania and will be able to help distribute some of the shoeboxes which have been filled.

 

Many thanks to everyone who has supported the appeal this year.

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Please watch this video for an insight to how the shoeboxes impact those who receive them. 

Dinah in Romania 

Dinah has spent many years working with children and young people within our church and had visited Romania a few times. After completing her time as a church deacon in March 2020 Dinah travelled to Romania in summer 2020 feeling that God had been leading her to go and spend time there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Romania Dinah has been working as a volunteer with Tijs and Jessica who have a ministry to show God's love to the Roma People. Tijs and Jessica were introduced to our church when they visited Stratford in July 2017. Since then other church members have travelled to Romania and seen the work that Tijs and Jessica are involved with. The AMEN Trust team who helped to distribute shoeboxes in 2017 reported back that living conditions were the worst they had seen in the areas they had given out shoeboxes. Tijs and Jessica became partners supported by AMEN Trust in 2018.

To read Dinah's latest news please click here.

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News from Amen...

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ARISE

Arise supports approximately 180 orphans, vulnerable children and their guardians in Kaniki and the surrounding areas. The main aim of Arise is to provide education and spiritual/emotional support, enabling every child that they support to reach their full potential.

News from Kapumpe...

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News from Arise...

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Naomi in Zambia...

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Heartlink exists to support work among the” Least reached people groups” through prayer, finance and involvement in various projects particularly in India, Albania, Sri Lanka and the UK. Their mission is to reach the unreached people groups in India with the love and hope of Jesus Christ, giving them eternal life with Christ, and abundant life on earth by:

  • Evangelism and church planting

  • Medical treatment and training

  • Schools and orphanages

  • Agricultural and business enterprises

Click below to have a read of updates...

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BMS works among some of the most marginalised and least evangelised people, in some of the most fragile places on earth. We aim to bring life in all its fullness through seven key ministries: church, development, education, health, justice, leadership and relief.

BMS Birthday Scheme 

Pippa and Toby Vokuhl in Nepal 

Introducing our BMS church partners - Toby and Pippa Vokuhl and their children Jakey, Ella and Millie.

 

The Vokuhl family have been serving God in Nepal since January 2018. They felt called as a family to bring their skills and personalities into a development and resilience building context in Nepal. They want to share God's love through life and work. Our church started a BMS church partnership with the Vokuhls in March 2021. This coincided with the Vokuhls returning to Nepal and moving from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

 

Read more about them in their latest newsletter and on the BMS website

 

Pippa and Toby Vokuhl, (bmsworldmission.org)

 

Prayer request:

1. Good settling in for the kids to in- person schooling, once they return from their 2 week break. Covid protocols mean that if any of the three kids show any potential covid symptoms, including a cold or vomiting, they all have to isolate for 10 days - with all the usual autumn bugs flying around (especially in Nepal!) I'm a bit worried that they may hardly be there! Please do pray for physical and emotional health for the 3 of them, and a proper run of weeks at school after 18 months of nearly solid online school. 

 

2. Toby has lots of projects in the go at the hospital, including preparations for a much needed oxygen plant in preparation for future waves of covid, an extension to the out patient block, and plans for a new leprosy unit. All these have the potential to serve thousands of patients over the next years, many of whom are very marginalised. Please pray these proceed well and are a blessing to those we serve. Please pray for Toby as he juggles this with low energy post covid, whilst keeping up with research that he is doing on rebuilding homes post disasters such as earthquakes. 

 

3. Please pray for Nepalis, who are suffering so much at the moment - particularly from covid and the economic fall out of that, but also the ongoing poverty and natural disasters that are always present. 

Click below to read more... 

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