Christians Against Poverty

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.

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.

CHRISTIANS AGAINST POVERTY If you are feeling or know of anyone feeling weighed down by debt, then we can help.  You/they may think the situation is impossible but there is hope.  Our friendly team will provide a listening ear and practical solution to those unmanageable debts.  Just call the CAP helpline 0800 328 0006 and a local debt coach will be in touch shortly after your call.  Thank you.

Here are the links:

Referral Brochure

Weighed down by debt leaflet

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