St John's supports different charities and mission partners, both at home and abroad. As a church, we pledge to give away at least 10% of our income to Mission, most of which is given at our Mission Gift Day. 

MISSION PARTNERS:

GIFT AND KATHRYN ASIKU – Wycliffe Bible Translators in Uganda.

They both work in the Wycliffe office in Entebbe, Uganda; Gift (who is Ugandan) is engaged with supervising and checking the Bible translation projects with a team of translators, working on translations of the Old and New Testament in some of the 42 languages spoken in Uganda. Kathryn is involved with literacy work, producing and editing literacy books and Scripture materials which are then distributed through the local churches. They have two sons, James and Simon Peter, who are both at a local Primary School.

Church Rep: Lindsey Saunders

Andrew and Maria Leake– Link Partners with CMS (Church Mission Society),

They have worked in the Chaco region of N. Argentina for many years, campaigning for the land rights of the local Wichi Indian population, whose traditional way of life and means of support is being threatened by the massive de-forestation of the region for commercial agricultural projects which force them from their homelands; and they are increasingly involved in promoting Creation Care issues. Their three grown-up children – Tomas, Cecilia and Carolina – are all studying or working in Argentina.

Church Rep: Barbara Cottier, who also worked with CMS in Africa.

JONY AND JENNY BERTIN – our latest Link Partners in Rosario, Argentina

After further Theological and Mission training in the UK, they have returned to their home country where Jony has been appointed Rector of the Anglican church of St Bartholomew in Rosario, where they are focusing on systematic Bible teaching and one-to-one Bible study and disciple-making. They have recently formed a partnership with a neighbouring church to share resources and experienced Christian leadership to build up and revitalise their church. They have a 3-yr-old son, Felipe, and baby Emma who was born in July 2019.

Further information can be obtained from Phil and Rosemary Tadman who have long-standing links with South America.

Other Agencies:

Church Army

Trains and sends evangelists to work in Anglican churches and projects in the UK and abroad. We support the work of the Marylebone Project in London, which runs a hostel with 112 long and short-term places for homeless and vulnerable women, offering security, education, training and employment opportunities to help and support them to move back into the community.

Di Giles, Church Army Sister, is our church rep.

CPAS (Church Pastoral Aid Society)

Provides advice and resources for churches, and has a range of youth groups, as well as organising Christian holidays for young people during the summer. Luke and Miriam Markham took a group from St John’s to one of the holidays in Danehill this year, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all who went.

Glen Jones is our church rep, or speak to Luke Markham about the holiday camps.

Scripture Union

Provides a wide range of resources and Bible-Reading Notes for all ages, and also have an excellent interactive website – www.wordlive.org  

Bible Reading Notes, in various formats and for all ages, are available from Gill Matson.

Tearfund PARTNERS, WORLD RELIEF CAMBODIA

A team from St John’s visited Cambodia in January 2018, to see first-hand the work that’s being done to plant cell churches in remote communities, and provide teaching and resources for the leaders; and to offer advice and practical teaching on trafficking, abuse, health and hygiene, nutrition and childcare, and savings schemes. A gifted team of children’s workers also teaches about health and hygiene with the help of puppets, and shares the love of God through songs, Bible verses and drama.

Brenda and Gordon Wilkinson are our Tearfund Reps.

Welcare

A local charity in the Diocese, working with families who are in need of practical help and support, and providing food, toys, clothing, debt management advice, counselling and friendship. Each November we hold a ‘Toy Service’ to provide some Christmas cheer for impoverished families and demonstrate Christian love.

Speak to our rep, Caroline Kettlewell, for more information.

St Catherine's Hospice

Well-known to many of us in Crawley, the Hospice provides palliative care to people with progressive, life-threatening illness, offering them the opportunity to live life as fully as possible and to die with dignity; and offers support to their families. As well as in-patient care, they have a Day Centre and provide community care. The Chaplaincy Team, of whom Celia Ensum is a member, has an important role in the Hospice.
Each December we hold a ‘Tree of Light’ service for the local community, in memory of loved ones who have died.

Jenny Young, who is a volunteer at the Hospice, is our church rep.