Mission Partner Support
St Augustine's Church, Locking, supports the following
organizations and individuals who are committed to telling people
about God and what He can accomplish in people's lives through
faith in Jesus Christ.
1. Somewhere to Go
to Go is a local support centre in Weston-super-Mare set up
specially to help rough sleepers and disadvantaged, vulnerable
adults. The centre is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from
10.30am to 2.30pm in St. John's Church Hall, Boulevard.
We offer a warm, welcoming and safe place for
people to come. We serve 30 to 40 meals each day that we open,
including some free food and a lunch that costs only £1.00.
We never waste food and no-one ever goes away hungry; a meal
will stabilize someone using drugs for the next 24 hours. We
provide activities such as crafts and art, table tennis (including
mini tournaments) and circus skills, and these are very much
appreciated as they take peoples' minds off their problems for
a while and give them a sense of achievement and well being.
Somewhere to Go
2. Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS)
Founded in the 1830's by Lord Shaftsbury the vision
of CPAS was to 'take the Gospel to every person's door with
the single purpose of glorifying God'. CPAS takes the Bible
as its authority and prayer as its heartbeat in proclaiming
Today the vision remains the same and CPAS is
committed to serving the church in a world changing in technology,
communication and lifestyles. As a major Anglican UK based mission
society, it seeks to help church leaders whether lay or ordained
who are working to meet the needs of people facing loneliness,
guilt, family breakdown and poverty . This is carried out by
providing support through training and resources for leaders;
advice and counselling; strategies for outreach; professional
assistance with clergy appointments and providing Christian
holidays with a purpose for children and young people.
More about CPAS
3. Church Mission Society (CMS)
Founded in 1799 CMS has attracted about 9000 men
and women to serve as mission partners during its 200 year history.
CMS is a voluntary association of people closely linked to the
Church of England who are united in obedience to Christ's command
to fulfil the Great Commission, which is 'to go forth to every
part of the world and proclaim the Good News to the whole creation'.
(St. Mark 15:16).
aim of CMS is to strive to share the love of God with people
of all races and to bring them into faith in Jesus Christ and
fellowship in His Church. Mission partners become involved in
numerous activities in seeking to fulfil the Great Commission.
These include leadership training and theological education,
support for small and struggling churches, evangelism and church
planting, community development and health care and work among
refugees and migrant peoples.
CMS works closely with new mission movements in
more than 50 countries, especially in Africa and Asia, and has
formed 240 international and local strategic alliances for collaborative
Augustine's provides prayer and financial support to David and
Heather Sharland. They are working in twelve Dioceses in Southern
Sudan, among people of many different tribal groups, encouraging
and supporting the church, in agriculture, health and development.
They seek to help build up the self-esteem of the people and
develop adeeper faith in God through various projects. These
include fish farming, bee keeping, fruit and vegetable production,
HIV/AIDS teaching, women's health issues and Community Health
workers training. David and Heather are closely involved with
the growing church in Sudan and have opportunities for witness,
teaching and encouragement amongst the local population.
More about CMS
Tearfund is a Christian development and relief
charity working with partners to bring help and hope to communities
in need around the world. In 2001, Tearfund supported over 600
projects in more than 80 countries.
Tearfund has been at the forefront to lobby government
to cancel third world debt for the betterment of local communities.
It advocates for justice and hope for those facing persecution,
develops strategies for sustainable livelihoods for those living
in marginal environments and responds rapidly in bringing relief
to those suffering disasters through natural causes such as
hurricanes, volcanoes, floods and droughts.
Susheela, 31, is beaten by her husband
- beacuse she is a Christian.
Her neighbours say that they will kill her unless she
stops holding prayer meetings in her home.
Being poor is not just about lacking
safe drinking water or basic healthcare. It's also about
persecution and oppression.
You can help the world's poorest
peoples to stand and face the futrue with dignity and
'They will run
and not grow weary, they will walkand not be faint.'
We work particularly in Africa, Asia and South
America – and also across Eastern Europe and the UK. Right
now, we’re focussing on some of the biggest challenges
facing the world today including:
In the UK, Tearfund has been implementing a special programme
through partner churches to help people along the refugee highway
by providing drop-in centres, advice on immigration and housing
as well as after schools clubs and English language courses.
St Augustine's also supports special collections
for disaster relief coordinated through Tearfund. The most recent
one has been for the relief of millions of people in southern
Africa badly affected by recent floods and droughts that have
ruined harvests, and earthquakes in China and Haiti.
hovercraft, bring aid and development to remote communities
in Madagascar where hunger, malaria, HIV and lack of clean
water affect the health of millions. HoverAid’s hovercraft
reach unreachable villages when Africa floods, providing relief
organisations with access to those most in need..
HoverAid is a Christian humanitarian charity
based in the UK and the Netherlands, and working in Madagascar.
We use hovercraft to reach isolated communities, making it
possible for aid organisations to work in areas that have
been simply too difficult or expensive to reach before. Most
aid organisations limit their work to areas where there are
roads, very few use rivers at all.
It is a very simple concept – hovercraft
can reach communities other vehicles and boats cannot. Hovercraft
can easily travel over mudflats, swamps, ice and rapids, and
crucially, along waterways which are too shallow for ordinary
Communities struggle and people die because
of poor access. It is hard enough being amongst the majority
of the poor on this planet without always being overlooked
when help is available. That may simply be because your community
is too difficult to reach.
Our job is to reach the unreachable.
More about HoverAid