Our Mission Partners
The Benefice Group for World Mission meets to discuss and pray for the needs of our many Mission contacts in the UK and abroad. We also respond to emergencies around the world and recommend appropriate action to our Rector and the three PCCs of the Benefice. Our support is through prayer and, where appropriate, donations of money and goods.
Support for Overseas Mission
The churches of the Benefice channel much of their giving through Tearfund, often through special appeals, especially at Harvest. All three churches have had close links with All Nations Christian College going back many years, and through that association they are on-going supporters of several former students, presently working abroad, for example:
- Dr Ian Spillman who, with his wife Hanna, was at one time placed at St Mary’s by All Nations, is Medical Superintendent at Kisiizi Hospital, Uganda. For several years the proceeds of Lent Appeals at Standon have been sent to them, as have knitted vests and blankets made by the Knit & Natter group, for new-born babies.
- Catherine McGoldrick grew up locally. With her husband Stephen she trained at All Nations, and they are now serving with WEC International in Burundi. St Mary’s is one of their supporting churches.
- Andrew and Samara Ellis were placed at All Saints’ and St Catherine’s by the College some years ago. The Benefice supports their work in Harare, Zimbabwe, leading the River of Life church and training people across the country to support themselves, mainly through agriculture.
We also support the Robinson Family working in Thailand for Crosslinks, the Fry Family working in Austria for Operation Mobilisation, a Christian Media mission, the Jupe Family working in Germany, David and Shelley Stokes in Argentina, Roger and Jane Senior members of OMF International, and Steve and Katie Machell working for Mission Aviation Fellowship in Chad.
Each Christmas a large number of shoe boxes packed with children's gifts are sent to needy areas abroad through Samaritan’s Purse, and in 2015 we also responded to their Turn on the Tap appeal, providing clean water for rural villages in Uganda.
The Bible Society and Leprosy Mission
For many years St Mary’s has given support to the work of these Societies.
The congregations are keen to respond to individual emergencies as they arise. St Mary’s maintains a Tithe Fund, to which they allocate 10% of any bequests to the church, and this fund is often used to supplement what is given by individual donors. Each of the churches aims to give a tenth of its income to charity.
For several years, our Advent/Christmas Appeal have been in favour of The Living Room in Stevenage and Future Living in Hertford. Both charities support individuals and their families suffering from addictions. We have also supported the excellent work of Herts Young Homeless on several occasions.
Boxes are available in each of the churches to receive contributions for the Food Bank in Buntingford.