Wheat Field

 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 in the spring of 2021 when full support facilities will be available on a permanent basis. 

The Bentley 

We have a team who take services at the Bentley Nursing Home on the second Tuesday of every month, at 11am, where we aim to share the love of God and the gospel message.

The services usually last for just over 30 minutes and residents are encouraged to suggest hymns they know. We also have a Bible reading and a short Bible-based talk. Sometimes we also act out stories using the puppets.

After the service we try to talk to people individually, which is often the most valuable time.

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 May 2021 

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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

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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 

 

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.

Dinah notes that one verse that kept coming up in her private bible study and in other meetings was Matthew 28:19, “therefore go and make disciples of all the nations”. It was a daunting prospect but God comforted her with Joshua 1:9, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go”.

While in Romania, Dinah has been working as a volunteer with Tijs and Jessica who have been Amen Trust partners since 2018, showing God's love to the Roma People. Tijs and Jessica visited our church in July 2017 along with a group from Romania. Since then other church members have travelled to Romania and have seen the work that Tijs and Jessica are involved with. This led to Tijs and Jessica being included as an area to which Christmas shoeboxes were distributed (since December 2017). 

The Roma village is very poor and Tijs and Jessica help practically by providing things like stoves, windows and doors for the houses. They find sponsors to ensure that the babies have enough milk and provide books and pens and other things that the older children need for school. Boxes of clothes are regularly given out and new babies receive a package of baby clothes blankets and soft toys. Bags of eggs from Tijs and Jessica's hens are also distributed!

The children have a Friday club where they are taught about God and Tijs and Jessica regularly pray with people in the village and have seen many answers to prayer. 

Dinah’s role has been supportive, helping to make up the baby packs and the boxes of clothes, looking after Tijs and Jessica's children while they work and helping with the daily Homework club for the Roma children. At Christmas they were able to make up and deliver 200 gifts to the people and also distribute AMEN shoeboxes.

Dinah has also been able to meet with a group of people with disabilities and they have had wonderful times praising the Lord and learning more about God together.

COVID-19 has limited some of the work, but at present building work is going on at the centre in the Roma village to be able to provide more facilities for the people in the future so that they can be further blessed.

This facility will provide some respite from the hard day-to-day existence; where children are helped with their homework; where children can sing and dance to the Lord; where Bible classes are held; where mums are taught to sew, and so much more. A place which lives up to its name of “Inima Lui” (His Heart) and God’s Loving Heart is seen in action.

There is money to begin the project but more will be needed as the work progresses. We pray that there will be sufficient funds to finish what is started.

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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.

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 requests

 

For continued health and protection from harm.

For increasing competency in the Nepali language, and a growing comprehension of the culture.

For wisdom in knowing how best to transform construction practices and building up local workers. 

For a work visa renewal for Toby. 

For Pippa that she will have wisdom in deciding where to invest her skills and energies into, given the many opportunities in Nepal's capital city.

Please also keep Jakey, Ella and Millie in your prayers, as they have suffered from a very disrupted 2020, both on an educational, as well as on a social and friendship level. We pray that 2021 will allow them the stability and friendships they need. We are very grateful for the excellent school they are currently attending in Kathmandu.

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