All that we do is financed from God, who puts resources into our hands and then allows us the opportunity to be blessed and to bless others through our giving. This applies to us as individuals and as a church.
Our mission giving is 15% of our income and is directed towards registered Christian charities with an outreach focus in the UK and abroad.
This is the way in which we reach out into the community and also support the work of our wider church family in the UK:
Local mission is the additional money we spend as a church on reaching out into our community with the good news about Jesus Christ. This may be through Christmas cards which we send to every household in the village, a stall at the Christmas market, gifts given out by the High Street Link, and any other special events we host or are involved in.
BU Home Mission is all about helping Baptist churches and individuals to reach their mission potential and bring the love of God to their communities. It is the Baptist family purse, and each year our Union has an appeal to raise money for Home Mission. Grants are given to support a variety of ministries in and through Baptist churches and chaplains across the country. It also enables all our churches and ministers to be supported and helped through the work of the Regional Associations and the specialist teams. For more information visit www.baptist.org.uk
Our support of our world church family is through the BMS and three other partner organisations, on a rolling three-year basis.
We support the work of the Baptist Missionary Society. As part of our support we have been linked to Alan and Megan Barker. Alan and Megan Barker are currently based in Kathmandu, Nepal (since August 2021) to develop a wider itinerant role for capacity strengthening of BMS partner organisations. As part of this they (especially Alan) give particular input to HDCS, a locally based partner. They joined BMS in 2000. Their initial overseas placement was with United Mission to Nepal (2000-2004) in Kathmandu where Alan worked in management and Megan as an occupational therapist. They returned to Nepal in 2007 to work with International Nepal Fellowship (INF), initially in Surkhet where Alan worked in management and donor relations, training local staff and Megan developed rehabilitation services, expanding the work beyond leprosy to include other disabilities, working alongside and training Nepalese therapists. Remaining with INF, they moved to Pokhara in 2017 where Alan supported the partnership and communications team and Megan worked in the Occupational Therapy Department and also advised on rehabilitation issues across all INF programmes. Alan and Megan have three children who live with their respective families in the UK, Vietnam and South Korea. For more information visit www.bmsworldmission.org/ambarker
MAF are a Christian mission organisation that uses planes to overcome barriers: Mountains. Jungles. Swamps. Unrest. No roads. They overcome these barriers to help overcome poverty. Millions of people cannot access basic medical care, clean water, schools or receive the Good News of God’s love, simply because it’s too dangerous or time-consuming to reach them. Their pilots and personnel deliver relief workers, doctors, pastors, school books, food, medicines – everything that can only be safely and speedily transported by air. Working in partnership with hundreds of other Christian and relief organisations, MAF enables practical help, physical healing and spiritual hope to be delivered to some of the world’s most remote and inaccessible communities. With a MAF plane taking off or landing every six minutes, the need is huge. For more information visit www.maf-uk.org
CBM (Formerly Christian Blind Mission) work in the world’s poorest places to prevent blindness, improve health and transform the lives of people with disabilities. For more than 110 years, since their founder Ernst Christoffel started working with children with disabilities in Turkey and Iran, they’ve been reaching out to those whom others leave behind. Driven by Christian values, they work with disabled people to break down barriers by delivering practical support, improving policy and practice and inspiring the people of the UK to act. For more information visit www.cbmuk.org.uk
Africa Inland Mission is an evangelical Christian mission agency serving in over 20 nations. They work to make disciples among Africa’s remaining unreached; supporting, strengthening and partnering with the African church as together they engage the unreached with a passion to see Christ centred churches established and thriving among all of Africa’s peoples. For more information visit eu.aimint.org