St Mary's and All Souls Global Vision News
Helen Coomber and Karen Harcombe are stepping out in faith to join a 'Learn and Return' visit to the Church of Kenya (March 10-17). They will see the transformational work of the dioceses of Nakuru and Thika in partnership with Five Talents www.fivetalents.org.uk
Archbishop Justin Welby says,' I am pleased to be Patron of Five Talents, an organisation that, working through the local Anglican church around the world, celebrates the creative potential of enterprise to bring human flourishing and to support people in lifting themselves out of poverty'
Please pray for Helen and Karen as they go.
LENT COLLECTION 2018
Last year we raised over £1200 for toilet twinning. This year we turn to a very different but equally urgent need of the Anglican church of Pakistan and the Diocese of Raiwind. They desperately need leadership training. Imagine if we did not have trained and resourced leaders, we would be a flock without a shepherd. Bishop Azad Marshall writes
"we want to provide on-the-job training for Laity and Clergy by offering short-term courses as well as help to meet their ministry needs. We would appreciate your prayers and financial support."
Please give generously to support the church often oppressed and persecuted. Special envelopes will be provided to be returned by Easter Sunday.
iCARE Day Centre.
Sue Chown, Co-ordinator/Manager receives a cheque from Richard Jones.
- Shoeboxes for Romania will be collected at the Harvest services— please see the following pages for details. This will be the last time we collect shoeboxes as a Parish as this will be phased out in 2018 in line with our Global Vision mission
- There will be a special Christmas collection of items for Food Bank this year—more details will follow shortly.
- Details of short term mission opportunities are available at the back of the churches
- Food Bank Summer Appeal. The Food Bank are collecting to prepare Summer Holiday Meal packs to help families while the children are off school. They urgently need tinned meat and vegetables, tinned puddings, desserts (jellies, instant whips, sponge puddings etc.) UHT milk and small bottles of squash. Please bring these items in before the end of July. Thank you.
iCARE Day Centre.
Sue Chown, Co-ordinator/Manager receives a cheque from Richard Jones
Our current mission involvements:
We support Tim & Kathy Hyde working with Church Army in Southampton.
You can find out more about this by visiting the Church Army in Southampton website
OXTRAD - Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy and Dialogue
Oxtrad seeks to enable Christian workers and pastors to engage with these challenges and to bring the Gospel to bear on the important questions they face. Heightening tensions between the West and Islamic countries in the Middle East, Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, for example, have impacted Christians and churches in the region. The Oxtrad vision arises from the growing challenge of international religious extremism, terrorism and ideological secularism faced today by Christian leaders and the churches they lead.
Oxtrad is a venture of faith and vocation. We depend on the prayer, support and generosity of Christians to make this vision a reality.Most of all, we seek to glorify God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in all we do for God’s Church and God’s world.
For more information visit Bishop Michael Nazirali's website
Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali - current President
of OXTRAD and former Bishop of Rochester
Global Vision Prayer News
Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali at OXTRAD asks prayer as follows:
It was a privilege to address a gathering of heads and senior officers of the Police forces in England and Wales on a proper basis for community relations. On St Valentine’s Day, I arrived in Uganda to preach at the 40th Anniversary Commemoration of Archbishop Janani Luwum’s martyrdom (16 February). This day is now a public holiday and the congregation of 10,000 included the Prime Minister and the Vice-President. Some discussion has begun about a possible consultation on reaching unreached groups in Northern Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, with the emphasis on Christian missionaries from the Islamic world working among such groups. Please pray for this possibility and the resources for it. To bring together some 25-30 people around £25,000 will be needed. Please continue to pray for the right people to come for the consultation of younger leaders in business this coming September and for adequate resources to see us through. Please pray for Karl and Richard as they prepare to attend this
Toilet Twinning -
Our Lent Collection this year aimed to raised money to twin all our church toilets with toilets in the two thirds or majority world. 2.4 billion people don’t have somewhere safe, clean and hygienic to go to the loo. That’s more than a third of the people on the planet.
It costs £60 to twin your toilet, we help those in desperate poverty to have access to a proper latrine, clean water and the information they need to be healthy.
Our church toilets have now become the proud owners of certificates, complete with a colour photos of their twin and GPS coordinates so we can look up our twins on Google Maps.