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Mission and

Stewardship

 

The parish is committed to Christian Stewardship both in planned giving and the offering of Time and Talents. We have strong relationships with a variety of mission agencies working at home and abroad. We maintain a policy of giving 10% of our income to the work and ministry of such agencies.

St Andrew's Mission Partners

The Mission Agencies and Charities below are a selection from those St Andrew's has been involved with in recent years.


Bishop Adoniay Sebununguri

The Barnabus Fund - Lent Appeal 2007

Barnabas Fund was established in 1993 as no other agency could be found which was providing practical help to Christians in Muslim environments. Since that time our ministry has grown and we now bring hope and aid to the persecuted Church in over 50 countries.

So, what makes Barnabas Fund different from other Christian organisations which deal with persecution?
We support only Christians ("Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers." Galatians 6:10)
The majority of our aid goes to Christians living in Muslim-majority environments.
We help by channelling money from Christians through Christians to Christians:


Family Care

A charity in the Diocese of Peterborough which provides residential accommodation in Peterborough and Northampton for vulnerable young families offering them training and rehabilitation in a warm caring environment. The units are staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by qualified and experienced child care staff.


Patrick and Rosie Butler, with their children Luke and Jess, in Paraguay


Batlagundu - LEONARD GENERAL HOSPITAL

Batlagundu is a remote rural village that lies at the foot of the Kodikanal Hills in the District of Dindigul, Tamil Nadu.


Northants and Rutland Mission to the Deaf

The Mission is based at St Mark's Centre for Deaf People, 7 Green Street, Northampton NN1 1SY, and is served by the chaplaincy of Rev'd L Jane Butler. Services are held each week across the Diocese - including on the second Sunday in each month at St Andrew's, Kettering



EuroAid is the name given to the division of Eurovangelism operating humanitarian relief projects mainly in Eastern Europe. Examples of their projects include - in Albania: food for malnourished children, clothing and toys, medical supplies and hospital equipment, and (in a joint project with Tear Fund), six ambulances - in Poland: summer camps for underprivileged children - in Romania: self-help agricultural projects and help for orphanages - in Ukraine: medical supplies for child victims of Chernobyl nuclear disaster - further projects in Russia, former Yugoslavia, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Hungary and Uzbekistan.


CMS is an evangelistic mission working to see a world transformed by the love of Jesus.


Continuing a ministry which Jesus himself exercised in bringing healing to victims of Leprosy - the Leprosy Mission involves more than drugs and surgery; it is compassion, love and spiritual healing too. There are many remote locations where leprosy victims are hard to find - they may not seek help - they may believe their disease to be a form of divine punishment - they may have been cast out of their homes and banished by family and friends, no longer able to work or function in society. 
Mission Statement "To minister in the name of Jesus Christ to the physical, mental, social and spiritual needs of individuals and communities disadvantaged by leprosy; working with them to uphold human dignity and eradicate leprosy".


Founded in 1701, the Society is a major voluntary mission agency which works not just by sending people overseas, but by partnership - sharing, receiving as well as giving. Serving in more than 50 countries, USPG works through the churches at home and overseas, by giving encouragement and practical help in all sorts of ways - by training and teaching, arranging exchange programmes, providing inter-church aid, supporting mission workers, and encouraging a sense of belonging to a worldwide family.


When you went on holiday this year did you take the plane? Did you enjoy sitting back and being waited on by a air hostess? How many of you realise that in many isolated places in the world flying is not a luxury, but a lifeline.

MAF are that life-line to villagers and nomads in far-flung areas worldwide. Flying out sick men, women and children to otherwise inaccessible hospital care and flying in skilled medical teams, relief workers, water engineers, Christian pastors and evangelists. MAF reach otherwise hidden areas - crossing deserts, jungles, mountains and swamps - giving hope to communities that would take days or even weeks to reach by land.

The Mission Aviation Fellowship exists to speed the spread of the Good news by word and deed and their flights enable crucial work by aid and development agencies, missions, local churches and other national groups. The MAF aircraft are flying every day their motto `flying for life all year round MAF uses Cessna 206’s. The Chief Flight Safety Officer assesses that they have flown more than 100 million miles in total. The plane can take of fully loaded in less than 1000ft. A short take-off and landing option means the 206s needed on many remote airstrips which cannot be extended. Problems can occur with landing strips. The grass can be too long and it is not unknown for the goats to refuse to move.

MAF needs pilots, engineers, managers and IT specialists and a regular flow of interested men and women who will join MAF to serve in the vacancies.




World Vision - Lent Appeal 1996

World Vision received some £120 in the ordinary allocation of giving for this year - but there was more to come! We found out that the sum of £900 was the target figure for each new water supply project that World Vision is about to undertake in Senegal, and we took that target on board for our Lent Appeal in 1996. Thanks to a fantastic effort of fund-raising £1875 has been sent - over twice the target figure.


The Fund was set up to do something to help some of the most deprived city neighbours in England. Supporting over a thousand small-scale projects that tackle local needs - the projects are put forward and run by local people - they are needed - and they work. It is about changing lives in the City - The Church in action helping find local solutions to local problems. For further information click here


In Ethiopia there is only one doctor for every 25,000 people - as bad a ratio as anywhere in the world. One of the projects supported is the work of the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital where women suffering from an appalling range of post-natal complications are given treatment which gives them a completely new lease of life.


Child Sponsorship by 'Tiny Tots' and Sunday School - Our Advent Appeal 2002