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
Tearfund - the churches of the Benefice channel much of their giving through Tearfund, often through special appeals. Nine out of ten Christian teenagers in the UK are concerned about the climate cri-sis. Tearfund are challenging churches to put our faith into action to tackle poverty and injustice. See https://www.tearfund.org/get-involved/take-action and https://www.tearfund.org/stories/2021/10/the-churchs-role-in-climate-action
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 and the Harvest Appeal in 2021 will also go to Kisiizi. Knitted vests, blankets, toys & other clothing for babies, made by many people including the Knit & Natter group, are regularly sent to Kisiizi. You can find the latest update from Kisiizi here
- Catherine McGoldrick grew up locally. With her husband Stephen she trained at All Nations, and they are now serving with WEC International in Burundi. They are currently staying in the UK, with their adopted sons, Asher & Jacques, until the end of 2021. St Mary’s is one of their supporting churches and there are envelopes available in St Mary's for donations to them. You can find their most recent newsletter here.
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 as well as Youth discipleship and Church leaders development. Their last update can be found here.
See https://www.riveroflifechurch.co.zw/ for more information on the River of Life church.
- David & Marlene Fry were placed at St Mary’s by All Nations. David is the leader of MediaWorks, a Christian media mission which is part of OM (Operation Mobilisation) in Austria. Marlene teaches German at The Oasis, a Christian support ministry for refugees near the largest refugee centre in the country
- Steve and Katie Machell were placed at St Mary’s by All Nations. They now serve with MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) in Chad but will be returning to the UK at the end of 2021. Their last update can be found here.
- Fred and Regina Jupe were placed at St Mary’s by All Nations. After many years working in Central Asia, they now disciple refugees in Germany and sup-port church planting teams in Central Asia.
John & Gillian Robinson lived in Puckeridge whilst attending a short refresh-er course at All Nations. They work for Crosslinks in Bangkok where they set up the Place of Grace to support the local community in a variety of ways.
More information can be found at https://www.placeofgracebkk.com
Other Mission Partners
Each Christmas a large number of shoe boxes packed with children's gifts are sent to needy areas abroad through Samaritan’s Purse. More information can be found at https://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/
The Bible Society
St Mary’s has given support to their work in the past. More information can be found at https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/
For many years St Mary’s has given support to their work. More information can be found at https://www.leprosymission.org.uk/
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.
Support for Home Mission
Over the winter of 2020/1, Boxes of Hope containing food and household essen-tials, were distributed to local families experiencing hardship as a result of Covid 19.
Boxes are available in each of the churches to receive contributions for the Food Bank in Buntingford. Financial donations from members of the congregations en-abled regular deliveries from Sainsburys to the Food Bank to be made during lockdowns.