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.
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.
This Christmas, you can bring hope to children like Sele in Nigeria.
Christian children from around the world unite to read Christmas passage.
Children of the persecuted church share their hopes and prayers for Christmas.
‘Among the Ashes’, is a short film aimed at churches in the UK at a time when many people are struggling with loss or perhaps even going through a time when everything seems to have fallen apart.
Recorded in an abandoned church in South Wales, the film explores a psalm of lament and presents recent stories from the persecuted church. We hope this powerful resource will be useful in prayer meetings, church services and at other events as we consider God’s presence in the ashes together, and find out how the biblical principle of lament can bring hope and comfort today.
There is also an accompanying prayer resource, and a helpful a prayer service or small group guide.
Please follow the link here which will take you to where you can watch the film and find out more about Among the Ashes.
We hope this resource will be both challenging, encouraging and ,helpful as you continue to remember and pray for our persecuted family around the world.