Mission Partners

In 2019, we voted as a Parish for four Mission Partners. Every two years we choose two new Mission Partners to support (and continue to support the remaining two).

We aim to support our Mission Partners through prayer, financial support, and building personal contacts. A percentage of our parish income goes annually to all 4 partners, plus everything raised through our special Lent and Christmas. In 2020, this amounted to £1,000 for each Partner.

Following a vote at our APCM on 28th March, Open Doors and Counselling4Yeovil joined Christians Against Poverty and the Lord’s Larder as our new Mission Partners.

Please see below for links to their websites and some information about these charities.

Our Mission Partners:

Christians Against Poverty (CAP)

With a small donation and big faith, John Kirkby started Christians Against Poverty in 1996. He believed God was calling him to sacrifice his career in finance and use his knowledge of the industry to help the poor.

In his hometown of Bradford, John set off on the incredible journey of CAP. His faith adventure led him to people crippled by debt; parents who couldn’t feed their children, families facing eviction and desperate people living in fear and without hope. He used his expertise to negotiate with creditors, set up budgeting systems and offer a lifeline to those trapped in debt.

John knew that people all over the country were struggling in the same way and he began looking to replicate the work across the UK. With the vital ingredients of a church to partner with, a passionate person to be trained as a debt counsellor and the faith that God would provide, four new CAP centres were opened at the end of 1998.

Since then, CAP has rapidly grown its debt centre network and expanded its services to tackle the causes of debt and poverty too. As well as CAP Debt Help, we now help people step into employment through CAP Job Clubs, help people get control of their habitual dependencies through Fresh Start and a brand new service, CAP Life Skills, to equip people to live well on a low income. Our vision is to bring freedom and good news to the poor in every community through a nationwide network of CAP projects.

Hebrews 13:8 says that Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever. As his church we should be unchanging in the mission that Jesus set out to ‘preach good news to the poor’ in our neighbourhoods. This film will inspire your church with three powerful stories of people who’ve been brought freedom and new life in their despair and darkness. You’ll see God is on the move as we serve the poor and save the lost with churches across the UK.

Counselling 4 Yeovil

Counselling4Yeovil is a Christian organisation offering affordable professional counselling in Yeovil to people of any or no faith. We aim to communicate our unconditional acceptance and valuing of each person we work with and to respect each person’s right to make their own decisions about how to live.

We developed from Yeovil Pregnancy Crisis Centre which has been counselling women in Yeovil since 2007 on issues surrounding pregnancy, miscarriage, abortion and infant death. We continue to offer a free counselling service to women and their partners dealing with these issues.

The Lord’s Larder

The Lord’s Larder Food Bank is a local ‘bank’ of non-perishable in life ambient food operated by volunteers from churches in and around Yeovil.

It began in a small way in 1991 when a representative of Yeovil Citizens’ Advice Bureau spoke about the need for emergency food to  members of one of the churches in Yeovil. It is now supplied by over 60 local churches, 45 schools and several community groups.

Last year in 2020, over 144,000 items of food were given out via 70 different agencies to help 8,200 local people, (4,670 adults and 3,530 children.)

How the Larder Works

  • Food and money are donated throughout the year by local churches, businesses, schools and other charities.
  • Volunteers sort, & store all donations of food in a purpose built larder.
  • Requests for food are made by phone through recognized agencies, who then collect parcels to hand on to their clients.
  • Emergency food parcels are made up by the volunteers, according to need.

Lord’s Larder update April 2021: what we need most in the Larder

Updated on Monday 29th March 2021: Thank you for giving to the Lord’s Larder,   with your support through February we have been able to give food parcels to help 304 adults and 183 children, making a total number of 487 people who received a Lord’s Larder Food Parcel last month. Thank you so much for collecting for us.
We currently are running low on the following; 
Tinned Meat Pies, Tinned Curry, Tins of Meatballs,  Tins of Potato, 80 Teabags 
We at the moment we have all the Dried Pasta & Baked Beans we need, thank you for all your generosity. To everyone who has supported the Lord’s Larder so generously, thank you. we are still accepting food donations,Mon – Fri 10am – 2pm at  The Gateway, BA20 1QN. (This week the vaccination centre is operating on Monday, Tue,Wed,Thurs and Fri.) also at Yeovil Tesco Extra, and Yeovil Morrisons, Yeovil Asda, South Petherton and Stoke Co-op, Stoke Sub Hamdon Stores and Waitrose, Crewkerne.
The food items listed are what the Lord’s Larder Food Bank needs most at the moment. Of course if you would like to donate any other long life food items that are in date and unopened, are all gratefully received.
Please be aware we do not accept any donations of fresh fruit or vegetables, any frozen product, or any out of life food items, thank you for your help with this.
Thank you for all your support.
Thank you to everyone who has given so generously to The Lord’s Larder.
Please note our new e-mail address is lordslarderyeovil@gmail.com

NB Donations can also be placed in the trolley in the corridor at St James’ to be taken to the Gateway by our kind volunteers.

Open Doors

Open Doors originated in 1955, when a young Dutchman started smuggling Bibles to the persecuted church in Communist Europe. He became known as Brother Andrew, and his work led to more than six decades of support for the persecuted church.

Do Not Be Afraid

Resources for Christmas and New Year

“Do not be afraid! I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” Luke 2:10

Do Not Be Afraid is a new suite of resources focusing on persecuted Christian children around the world. It includes a carol sheet, videos, and giveaway cards to help bring comfort and encouragement to anyone feeling anxious or worried this Christmas.

Sparking hope that lasts – Christmas 2021

There’s an empty seat at Rafif’s table at Christmas – but hope is shining.

Christian children from around the world unite to read Christmas passage.

Children of the persecuted church share their hopes and prayers for Christmas.

This Christmas, you can bring hope to children llike Sele in Nigeria.