Mission Links

JANUARY

The Church Mission Society was founded in 1799 in order to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to nations around the world. Currently there are 110 Mission Partners working in 37 countries around the world and 75 local partners and also 53 students on Pioneer Mission Leadership Training Courses.

The Mission Partner we support is Heather Johnstone who works with the Rehema Project at Musoma in northern Tanzania.

The Project benefits women and children in crisis, who don’t have food , clothing or shelter and who are susceptible to all sorts of illnesses because of malnutrition. The Project has three income generating enterprises – a cafe, a workshop with an accompanying shop, and a local food outlet, Women are employed in the cafe or to create handmade products for the shop and trained in different skills to help them become self-sufficient and care for their families.

Website: https://churchmissionsociety.org

Enquiries: info@churchmissionsociety.org

Link Persons: Malcolm & Mary Millard, Anna-Maria Geare (e-mail: millardrevme@gmail.com)

FEBRUARY

Sudan Link

Every CofE Diocese has a link with another Diocese in the Anglican Communion. The Diocese of Salisbury ‘s link is with the Episcopal Church of the province of Sudan, coving the nations of Sudan and South Sudan. The Salisbury-Sudan Link was created in 1972 and is based on mutuality: the two churches care for one another across distance and cultures, sharing resources, experience and practical help and of course praying for one another. At a practical level, we, as part of the Salisbury Diocese, contribute prayerfully and financially: money goes towards Education (theological colleges, ECSSS schools and youth work); Medical Work; and Communications.

Website: www.salisbury.anglican.org/sudan-link.php

Diocesan contact = Sudan Secretary c/o bishop.salisbury@salisbury.anglican.org

Local contact: post vacant

MARCH

Christian Hope International

Christian Hope International (CHI) was born out of the pain and suffering that occurred during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. More than seventy containers filled with relief aid have been sent over the years to Africa or Eastern Europe.

Now CHI has branched out in other ways. A three-fold ministry has developed: Child Sponsorship, Stitches of Hope and Project Support. The focus is now on helping those in need along the road to self-sufficiency.

 Here in Weymouth we have been supporting Stitches of Hope by knitting blankets and other garments for those in need in Eastern Europe, all much appreciated. Currently most of our gifts go towards Project Support helping to meet educational, agricultural and medical needs.

Website: www.christianhope.org.uk

Enquiries: info@christianhope.org.uk

Local contact: post vacant

APRIL

 Le Pelican equips needy Afghan children and the deaf to build better lives.

Jacques and Ariane, a couple from France, founded Le Pélican. Before coming to Afghanistan, they owned and ran a successful bakery business in their hometown in France. Tragedy struck when their only child developed leukemia and passed away at age 10.  Devastated, they determined to dedicate the rest of their lives to helping needy children. After working in Albania, they arrived in Afghanistan in 2000 to work for a humanitarian NGO that served the poor.  As they worked, they observed the desperate plight of children on the streets. They determined to start their own NGO to more effectively meet the needs of impoverished children.  They returned to France, raised funds, and formed a board of directors for their new NGO, Le Pélican. They chose the name Le Pélican because the pelican is a bird that brings food for its young in its large beak.  They saw this as a good picture of how they wanted to bring help and food to poor children. The organisation began with just 14 children, but steadily grew to include hundreds.

Website: www.lepelican.org

Local Contact: Andy Penney (email: andy@abcjpenney.plus.com)

MAY

The Lantern Trust is a charity with a strategy that has been refined and adapted over the past 37 years.

Do you struggle to see a future when the help you need seems desperately out of reach? At LANTERN TRUST we listen,and understand the best way to access the support and services you are entitled to:-

  • Welfare benefits, financial assistance, guidance relating to sickness and disability
  • housing, accommodation, tenancy support and assisted rent 
  • deposit scheme
  • access  to local services, programmes and courses
  • physical and mental heath referrals and direct access to our own GP Service
  • peer mentoring
  • CAB benefits/debt advisor
  • access to DV support

This makes The Lantern Trust a one stop shop where complete needs can be met. Website: https://lanterntrust.org.uk/

Local contact: John Hopkins  (email jahopkins10@hotmail.co.uk)

JUNE

Barnabas Fund/Barnabas Aid works to provide hope and aid for suffering Christians

As part of the family of God, Barnabas Aid stands with our Christian brothers and sisters around the world, wherever they suffer discrimination or oppression as a result of their faith.In this way we witness to the love of Christ and build His Kingdom.

The projects aim to strengthen Christian individuals, churches and their communities by providing material and spiritual support in response to needs identified by local Christian leaders.

Website: https://www.barnabasfund.org

Local contact: Karen Steeples (email: karen.steeples@yahoo.com)

JULY

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is a national charity who want to see an end to poverty in the UK, to see thriving churches, transformed lives and are involved in campaigning and influencing government policy, as well as the finance industry.  At their core, they are Christ-centred – their ​‘anchor’ value. This guides their other values: united, compassionate and determined to bring passion every day.

Weymouth and Portland Churches (along with many others in the UK) are committed to tackling the causes of poverty and we have a local CAP Debt Centre.  Claire Atkin is the lead Debt Coach.

Those who chose to seek help from CAP’s confidential service to become free from debt are supported throughout the journey.

Locally CAP also runs Money courses and a Life Skills course.

Website: https://capuk.org

Local contacts: Colin and Margaret Parkes (email: colinparkes44@outlook.com) and Andy Penney (email: andy@abcjpenney.plus.com)

AUGUST

Church Pastoral Aid Society

CPAS continues its calling to work with churches and leaders to help them share the gospel afresh in each generation. Our current ministry involves the oversight of Venture and Falcon holidays, appointing evangelical clergy to our patronage parishes, and training, resourcing and supporting leaders for mission and evangelism.

Website: https://www.cpas.org.uk

Local Contact: Richard Pendrey (email richard.pendrey@btinternet.com)

SEPTEMBER

Town Centre Chaplain

Come to the table” is a song performed and written by the Sidewalk Prophets. The main line in the song is “motley crew of misfits.” The invitation is for all to come and dine at the table whoever you are, wherever you come from and what ever condition you are in. As Town Centre Chaplain my focus is on inviting, welcoming people to come to that table, to come to St Mary’s Church in the Centre of Town, to eat, chat, do activities, share, and experience Jesus in their mists, to start their journey with us.

Contact: Neil Biles (Town Centre Chaplain)

Email towncentrechaplain@ramr.church

OCTOBER

Tearfund

Poverty is not God’s plan. You are.

Thousands of people needlessly suffer and die every day because of poverty. But that’s not God’s plan for the world. Tearfund believes that we can all play a part in ending extreme poverty and injustice by reaching out to people in need.

Their mission for over 50 years has been to follow Jesus where the need is greatest around the world, responding to crises (Tearfund is a partner member of DEC the Disasters Emergency Committee) and partnering with local churches and organisations to help people lift themselves out of poverty, develop and transform their communities and work towards a better future for themselves and others.

The church in Radipole supports Tearfund through financial giving, praying and when appropriate campaigning for changes in unjust economic systems and policies.

Website: www.tearfund.org 

Local Contact: Elisabeth Orrell (email: elisabethorrell@btinternet.com)

NOVEMBER

London City Mission (LCM)

LCM shares the gospel alongside the local churches of London, working to reach the least reached people of London; on estates, the elderly and young, in prisons, the homeless and marginalised, the diaspora community and reaching out to islam and other religions. 

Website: www.lcm.org.uk

Local contact: John Thain (email johnthain41@gmail.com)

DECEMBER

Radipole Young Adults’ Mission Fund 18-25

This is a separate fund for any young person aged eighteen to twenty-five having close links with one of the District churches of the Parish, wishing to engage in mission or evangelism work during a “gap year”. Such work could be in the UK or overseas. The candidate would need a supporting reference from the Vicar or a DCC member, would make a bidding presentation, and approval would need to be given by the DCC. Feedback during their placement and a final debrief/presentation on completion would be expected.

Further information and Contact: Rev Nick Clarke (email: nickclarke@radipole.church)

The Church Missionary Society (as it used to be called) was founded in 1799 in order to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to nations around the world (Mt 28: 18‐20). Currently there are missionaries (Mission Partners) working in fifty countries in Africa, Asia, Central and South America and Europe (including the UK).

Each Mission Partner is encouraged to get the support (in prayer and financially) of ten or so churches and to keep in touch through regular newsletters and prayer requests. A couple of years ago, when our formers SAMS mission partner retired and SAMS amalgamated with CMS, we were invited to give our support to Heather Johnstone. After thirty years working in business, Heather felt God calling her to do something completely different, working in mission in Tanzania at the Rehema Project at Musoma in the Diocese of Mara.

Heather writes: “The Rehema Project benefits women and children in crisis—who don’t have food, clothing or shelter and who are susceptable to all sorts of illnesses because of malnutrition. Many of them struggle with the effects of HIV and AIDS and sometimes suffer abuse, rape, theft and mistreatment; they are trapped in poverty with little hope. As Christians we are compelled, through Christ’s love, to show love, compassion and mercy.

“Rehema has three income generating enterprises—a café, a workshop, with an accompanying shop, and a local food outlet Women are employed to work in the café or to create handmade products for the shop and trained in different skills to help them to become self‐sufficient and care for their families.”

In March 2015 Heather visited us and she is visiting us again in February 2020 while on home leave. She hopes to meet people at Friday Friends, a coffee morning at St Ann’s and services at St Aldhelm’s. We continue to have regular correspondence with Heather and put her letters on the noticeboard as news reaches us. Also, we have been able to support her financially, so far, with over £8000. Please continue to remember her in her work in Tanzania.

The DCC has accepted a proposal to establish a separate fund for any young person between the ages of eighteen and twenty‐five who wishes to engage in mission or evangelism work as part of a ‘Gap Year’ experience (short term placements of three to six months or a full year). This mission and evangelism placement can be either UK based or overseas. This fund will help to sponsor any applicant(s) with money drawn from the twelfth portion of the Radipole tithe. If there are no applications in a particular year, the fund can accumulate.

The terms of reference will be:

  • The young person would be closely associated with District churches in the Parish.
  • The young person would need a supporting reference from Vicar or DCC member.
  • The application would make a bidding presentation to the Committee lasting between ten to fifteen minutes. The Committee would recommend a decision which the DCC would ratify.
  • When on placement the applicant would feed back some correspondence as news ‘from the frontline’ and would be debriefed on their return.
  • (There will be other terms of reference and these details will be worked on and finalized).

London City Mission was founded in 1835 through the pioneering efforts of a young Scotsman named David Nasmith. He produced a blueprint for Christian ministry in a big city, based on experience gained in Glasgow. The new Mission had a mandate to ‘extend the knowledge of the Gospel among the inhabitants of London and its vicinity (especially the poor)’

Today we can be found on the toughest estates, talking to gang members about Jesus and we are going into prisons to run Bible groups. We are showing love and hospitality to immigrants and welcoming homeless people to our drop‐in centre. Right across London we are stepping out to share God’s love with people who are shunned, ignored and overlooked. The passion and purpose that prompted the missionaries to step out all those years ago still fires us today.

We work on the front line and are passionate about sharing the love of God and good news of Jesus Christ to London’s least reached. We do this in partnership with churches. To help us do that, we have developed a set of values which shape the way we work and relate with each other, with the church and with the people and communities we engage with. We are here for the good of the people of London, bringing help to those on the margins and across ethnic groups. We work patiently, and for the long term, seeking to be faithful to Christ.

For further information about LCM work, connecting with London and prayer diary, please go to www.lcm.org.uk.

Every Diocese in the Church of England has a link with another Diocese in the Anglican Communion. Since the independence of South Sudan from Sudan in 2011, the Diocese of Salisbury continued to link with the Episcopal Church of the whole province of Sudan, spanning both Sudan and the new country of South Sudan.

It is one of the oldest diocesan links, set up in 1972 by the then Bishop of Salisbury, George Reindorp, and his colleagues in Sudan. Unlike an aid agency, the Salisbury‐Sudan Link is based on mutuality; that two churches, separated by distance and culture, can care for one another in sharing resources, experience and practical help. Central to the Link is prayer for one another, strengthened by relationships between peoples of all three countries.

Practical ways in which the Salisbury Link has been supporting the Episcopal Church is through finance and also the following:

Education

By supporting the theological colleges, education in ECSSS schools and youth work.

Medical

By working with Governments, NGOs, the Churches and International Partners to lobby for sustained peace and security for effective support for Sudan (North) and South Sudan. Also to end conflict and rapidly respond to security and humanitarian crises and encourage the provision of better education and health for all.

Communications

By informing anyone interested on matters about Sudan and the Link. This is done through prayer vigils at Salisbury Cathedral, the annual Sudan Study day, via the website, Facebook and Twitter, through a quarterly bulletin and by providing speakers and display materials and facilitating visits from our Sudanese church brothers and sisters.

The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, takes a very close and strongly supportive interest in the Partnership. Soon after his enthronement he attended the ECS Provincial Synod in Juba, with the Dean of Salisbury, June Osborne, and Canon Ian Woodward. The work is overseen by the Diocese of Salisbury’s Sudan Link Committee, Ian Woodward is the Acting Chair. It is serviced by a steering committee.

Christian Hope International was born out of the pain and suffering that occurred during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Many UK Christians wanted to be involved in the relief effort but did not know where to begin. Believers in the Harold Wood area of Essex had some experience of sending aid overseas and set about collecting blankets and aid items from all over the UK. These materials were dispatched in the first of over seventy containers that have been sent to Africa and Eastern Europe. This was the start of ‘Containers of Hope’, the original name of Christian Hope International.

Over the intervening years, supported largely by Christians in the UK, CHI has also branched out. Our container aid has now ceased, however, we still have a three‐fold ministry: Child Sponsorship; Stitches of Hope and Project Support. The expansion into these new areas of ministry is why Containers of Hope changed its name to ‘Christian Hope International‘ in 2005.

Since the dark days of 1994, the political situation in Central Africa has greatly improved and, for the majority, life has returned to ‘normal’. Needs have changed rather than gone away. Today, our focus is on helping those in need along the road to self‐sufficiency. For example, a new project which has just begun is to ‘shine a little light’ by raising funds for Solar Lamps for families in need in Rwanda and Uganda, so that children can do their homework at night.

Here in Weymouth, through Open4Coffee and other activities, ladies have been supporting ‘Stitches of Hope’ by kniting blankets and other garments for those in need in Eastern Europe. We have already taken several car loads of knitted items to the distribution centre in Romford, Essex, from where it has been taken on by Mission Without Borders. Everything has been very gratefully received with joy and thanksgiving.

Tearfund began as The Evangelical Alliance Relief Fund in 1968 for the relief of the suffering of the millions of refugees of war around the world. They are still driven by the same faith, hope and passion today. Then, as now, it urged a new, radical understanding of the Gospel as good news to the poor, with an emphasis on caring for their physical and spiritual needs.

Whether it is war, natural disaster such as flood, drought or earthquake, or a global crisis such as climate change, it is invariably the poorest of the world’s communities who are hardest hit. Tearfund believes that God has called them to serve those living in poverty, regardless of race, gender, nationality or religious belief. They know the gospel has the power to transform lives and heal communities. As they say, ‘Poverty is not part of God’s plan—but we are’. With over fifty years experience of responding to disasters emergencies and crises, Tearfund works with a professional excellence and expertise that is recognized by governments and authorities. They are a founding member of the country’s Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).

As well as disaster relief, Tearfund is there for the ‘long haul’ ‐ rebuilding communities and infrastructure post‐disaster long after the immediate needs of food, shelter and medical help have been met. Long‐term development remains at the heart of Tearfund’s work—building partnerships with over 100,000 local churches around the world in over fifty countries, helping them get to the very heart of communities and bring change far more effectively.

Regular campaigning work about injustice makes Tearfund a voice for the voiceless. They played an important part in the Jubilee Debt Campaign, Make Poverty History Campaign and are very active in the Trade Justice Movement. Over recent years they have been taking a key role in calling for action on climate change. They work with supporters and partners to influence decision makes around the world and to encourage all of us to alter our lifestyles as a way to love our neighbours.

‘Come to the table’ is a song performed and written by the Sidewalk Prophets. The main line in the song is “motley crew of misfits.” The invitation is for all to come and dine at the table whoever you are, wherever you come from and what ever condition you are in. Therefore, my focus is on inviting, welcoming people to come to that table and to eat, chat, share and experience Jesus in their mists.

What’s happening at St Marys?

MondayBrunch@StMarys – The doors of St Mary’s Church open for a warm welcome from 10am-12noon. Warm room, warm welcome and warm bacon rolls…….mmm.

TuesdayWorship@StMarys – Doors open 5.30pm to Experience Christian Contemporary Worship on a large screen with loud music in the main church. People can come and go as they please or stay for the whole time. We serve light refreshments.

WeeklyPrayer@StMarys – Monday to Friday 12noon to 12.30pm we pray together for Weymouth and Portland and the needs of the communities.

SafeSleep– Providing beds for the homeless has continued this winter for one week at a time. We work with other churches and agencies, Refresh. The Lantern Trust.

Seasonal Projects – Throughout the year we work with Schools, individuals and agencies to provide various displays in the welcome area, main church and on the green to the right of the church. This has ranged from over a thousand dove displayed in the church to a nativity scene on the green for December.

Christians in Work Breakfast (Criw) – Andy Knowles and myself encourage people to come to eat, chat and pray from 7:30am to 9am on the third Tuesday of each month.

BlokesTime – On the Third Friday of each month a group of blokes from St Adhelm’s Church put on an activity of some sort from scalextrics to pub games and much more.

On a wider scale – I am lay chair of the PCC, a member of the DCC at St Mary’s and St Aldhelm’s Churches and lay chair of Deanery Synod. Also I attend the Refresh Church Leaders’ Breakfast on the second Tuesday of each month and I am a full member of the Weymouth and Portland Chamber of Commerce which meets on the first Tuesday of each month and I attend the Bizzy meeting for small businesses on the third Tuesday of each month from 9.30am-11am.

In 2003 Jacques and Ariane Hiriart were deeply touched by the needs of children in one of the poorest communi􏰀es in Kabul. They felt called to start a school for them to provide educa􏰀on, nourishing meals, lots of games, fun and love. It con􏰀nues to serve around 400 needy children and young people—many of them deaf.

Education: A quality education is vital to special classes for hearing impaired and Pélican offers grades 1‐6, in addition to lessons are given in addition to the basic mentally challenged children. Afghan offered for young women from the community.

Recreation: Most children who atiend school must also work to help support their families. They have few opportunities for play or sports. Recreation: Most children who attend school must also work to help development, recreation is scheduled into each day, with outdoor Believing that leisure activities are vital for healthy childhood playground equipment plus toys and games for indoor recreation.

Nourishing Meals: Many children who attend Le Pélican are malnourished. Children are served a nourishing hot meal each day, consisting of rice and vegetables three days a week and rice and meat twice a week.

Vocational Training: In addition to a basic education, Le Pélican offers enhanced. The training enables the older children to develop training in baking, tailoring and jam making and, with the creation of a computer room, both education and work‐based skills are being Vocational Training: In addition to a basic education, Le Pélican offers enhanced. The training enables the older children to develop training in baking, tailoring and jam making and, with the creation of a marketable skills that will help them earn a living in the future.

All of this is in this context (copied from Wikipedia): The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan does not recognize any Afghan ci􏰀zen as being Chris􏰀an, nor are Afghan ci􏰀zens legally permi􏰁ed to convert to Chris􏰀anity. Although there are no explicit laws that forbid evangelizing by non‐ Muslims, many authori􏰀es, and most of society, view its tolera􏰀on as contrary to the prac􏰀ce of Islam. There is only one legally recognized Chris􏰀an church building in Afghanistan, the Catholic chapel at the Italian Embassy.

What would you do if you were a stranger in Weymouth and needed help to find accommodation and to apply for benefits to which you may be entitled? It won’t be easy if you are not long out of prison or on a drug re‐hab programme and seemingly no‐one wants to give What would you do if you were a stranger in Weymouth and needed help to find accommodation and to apply for benefits to which you may be entitled? It won’t be easy if you are not long out of prison or any support.

This is where The Lantern comes to the aid. As long as there is a there “‘are cherre wto wan heir serf meresam’” whatever une we etch en. Help is offered to people in many circumstances and The Lantern has links with the Local Authority and other agencies in the Town. All of them are willing to help those who genuinely want to change their lives to have a better future.

CPAS is an Anglican evangelical mission agency working with churches, mainly in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Mission and vision

Our mission is to enable churches to help every person hear and discover the good news of Jesus Christ. CPAS is all about helping churches in the UK and Ireland reach out to the men, women and children in their communities with the life-changing good news of Jesus Christ.

We do this through:

Enabling hundreds of churches to make disciples and develop leaders through our Growing Leaders and Mentoring Matters courses. Helping churches continue to thrive in times of vacancy through our Growing Through a Vacancy resource. Equipping influential younger leaders on our Arrow Leadership Programme.

Helping hundreds of people to explore God’s call through our vocations events and resources.

Partnering with dioceses to deliver high-quality bespoke training for clergy and lay leaders.

Resourcing thousands of leaders to be more effective through Lead On.

Providing training events for lay and ordained leaders on a variety of topics.

Giving 4,500 children and young people an amazing week of fun, faith and friendship on our Ventures and Falcons each year.

Appointing evangelical clergy to our 500+ patronage churches.

“Whether it’s money worries keeping you up at night; you just can’t seem to shake that bad habit or you’re tired of going for job interviews that never get you anywhere-CAP has a service that can help you”

The Debt Centre, managed by Sally Hunt, seeks to support clients through their journey to becoming debt free. Originally solely funded through Refresh, two five-year grants from the Big Lottery and the Methodist Church enabled two extra debt coaches, Claire Atkins and lan Newton, to be employed part-time. With lan recently stepping down, Tracey Gillespie has moved into his role with a Portland focus.

The Job Club has moved to a new two to one mentoring model, supporting the most vulnerable. Sally and Claire now have a team supporting new clients enabling them to gain the confidence and skills to move forward, taking the small steps to employment or a positive activity that are appropriate for them.

CAP Money Management, led by Colin Parkes, has taken a new direction and has been supporting local students at Kingston Maurward over the last two years, with increasing support from Dorford Baptist. An opportunity arose to deliver the same programme in Budmouth School, which was hugely successful and the team has been asked back next year. The team have also now been invited into Weymouth College after Easter.

Fresh Start-in 2019, after much prayer, discussion and positive encouragement a team launched this to help people struggling with life limiting issues. The initial eight-week pilot ran at the Prayer House and a second course, run out of The Lantern, was opened to the wider public in October 2019. With referrals coming in from probation and local drug and alcohol services, we saw a number of guests meet with God and receive great freedom from addiction. A third course is due to start in March 2020.

Give thanks for the blessings from above in bringing clients in need and working with Him to restore them to a new positive place, aware of the power of prayer which underpins our service for Him.

Please pray for continued favour from the Big Lottery, the Methodist Church, Colleges and the agencies who also work in this area.

We work by:

  • directing our aid only to Christians, although its benefits may not be exclusive to them (“As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people; especially to those who belong to the family of believers.’ galatians 6:10);
  • aiming the majority of our aid at Christians living in Muslim environments;
  • channeling money from Christians through Christians to Christians;
  • channeling money through existing structures in the countries where funds are sent (e.g. local churches or Christian organizations); and using the money to fund projects which have been developed by local Christians in their own communities, countries or regions;
  • considering any request, however small;
  • acting as equal partners with the persecuted Church, whose leaders often help shape our overall direction;
  • acting on behalf of the persecuted Church, to be their voice making their needs known to Christians around the world and the injustice of their persecution known to governments and international bodies.

We seek to:

  • meet both practical and spiritual needs;
  • encourage, strengthen and enable the existing local Church and Christian communities – so they can maintain their presence and witness rather than setting up our own structures or sending out missionaries;
  • tackle persecution at its root by making known the aspects of the Islamic faith and other ideologies that result in injustice and oppression of Christians and others;
  • inform and enable Christians in the West to respond to the growing challenge of Islam to Church, society and mission in their own countries;
  • facilitate global intercession for the persecuted Church by providing comprehensive prayer material.