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Mission is very much a part of our service to God and to His people. As a Church we support a number of missions, both locally and globally, inviting speakers from different organisations to come and share stories, prayer needs, and financial needs about the charities they work for.
We also hold gift days to support specific charities throughout the year. Here is an introduction to those we regularly support.
BMS is one of the missions we give to regularly through the year.
We also support Mission Partners through regular contact and prayer.
Our current mission partners are Brian and Jackie Chilvers who are relatively new BMS mission workers. They will be working in a mission hospital in Chad in both ‘in patient’ care and public health areas.
More information can be found at: www.bmsworldmission.org
Tear Fund is a Christian Charity that is passionate about ending global poverty. It believes that everyone has an amazing God-given potential to create change and works to empower people to end poverty.
We hold a regular Harvest gift day for Tear Fund, and support the Big Quiz.
For more details see: www.tearfund.org
Compassion UK is a Christian charity passionate about empowering all children to overcome the obstacles poverty puts in their way.
Their approach to fighting poverty is highly focused and personal. It’s summed up in three simple words: Compassion for children. They show every child they matter, linking them with one sponsor whose support gives them a hope and a future.
As a Church Fellowship we support a number of children through sponsorship.
See their website at: www.compassionuk.org/
Open Doors serves persecuted Christians and works in over 60 countries around the world.
They supply Bibles, train church leaders, support Christians who suffer for their faith. It seeks to raise awareness of global persecution, mobilising prayer, support and action among Christians.
Read more about Open Doors and see their World Watch List at: www.opendoorsuk.org
We support the Slavic Gospel Association financially and prayerfully.
They work in partnership with local churches across Eastern Europe and Central Asia equipping them to bring Christianity to former Communist countries.
More details can be found at: https://www.sga.org.uk/
We have a personal interest in Nehemiah Ministries as a member of our congregation is a trustee.
It works across India supporting churches and communities in practical ways. They offer training, outreach mission, hostel provision and disaster relief.
Details at: www.nm-india.org
Green Pastures is an independent, not for profit 60 bed Nursing Home in Banbury. Members of our congregation have been involved in Green Pastures since the initial vision and build of a 30 bed Home in 1992 – as initial fundraisers, members of the Board, employed staff and support of the home in all sorts of capacities. A number of our older congregation have been and are still cared for there. Our practical care team visit regularly, and another member manages the garden for residents, staff and visitors to enjoy. Our Pastor is on the team of local ministers that provides the weekly services held at the Home.
Their website is: greenpastures.uk.com
A portion of our Christmas giving goes to support this drop in centre for homeless and socially isolated people of Banbury. They offer hot drinks and snacks as well as a listening ear and signposting to agencies which may be able to help them
Feeding the Banbury Homeless
We also support Polly, a lady who for over 30 years has provided a meal each evening in Banbury town centre for homeless and marginalised people.
Standing in the Gap is an early intervention mental health charity for children aged 0 – 11 which has been set up by one of our church members. It supports families, helping them to understand and manage the worries and anxieties that children experience.
Find full details and resources on: www.sitgap.org