St John's supports different charities and mission partners, both at home and abroad. As a church, we pledge to give at least 10% of our income to Mission, most of which is given at our Mission Gift Day.
World Mission Gift Day
Wycliffe Bible Translators
Church Representative: Barbara Cottier
Wycliffe Bible Translators want everyone to hear God speak to them as they engage with the Bible in their language. Unfortunately, 1.5 billion people are still waiting for the Bible in the language that speaks to them best. It's not right that some of us have free access to the Bible while others don't. Together we can change this.
Gift and Kathryn Asiku in Uganda
St. John's supports the work of Gift and Kathryn Asiku in Uganda, where the Bible is being translated into some of the over 42 languages spoken there - languages like Lunyole, Lugwere and Aringa-ti. Gift and Kathryn live in Entebbe with their sons, James and Simon Peter.
In February 2020, Brenda and Gordon Wilkinson visited Gift and Kathryn to help organise a trip to Uganda for a small team from St. John's. This has all been arranged, and ten church members will visit Uganda in February 2023. They will visit some of the translation teams and see for themselves how much it means to people to be able to read the Bible in their Heart Language. The trip will also encourage Gift, Kathryn and the translation teams.
We look forward to feedback from the team while they are in Uganda and on their return.
To learn more about Gift and Kathryn's work, visit https://www.wycliffe.org.uk/what-we-do/featured-people/' i-realised-god-can-speak-to-me-in-my-own-language!
To learn more about Wycliffe in general, visit: www.wycliffe.org.uk
After Theological training and church youth work in the UK, Jony and Jenny returned home to Argentina. For the last few years Jony has been serving as Rector of the Anglican church of St Bartholomew in Rosario, focusing on systematic Bible teaching, one-to-one Bible study and disciple-making. More recently, Jony has started teaching The Elements of New Testament Greek remotely for the Centro de Etudios Pastorales (CEP) in Santiago, Chile.
They have two children, 5-year old Felipe and 2-year old Emma, and are expecting their second son, Matias, in late 2021. In February 2022 the family will move to Chile where Jony will teach full-time at the Centro de Etudios Pastorales in Santiago. The role is non-stipendiary and St John’s are helping to support them. This work will equip Jony to help develop training in the Anglican Church in Argentina where he has recently been appointed to preside over the Diocesan training committee. This fits really well with St. John’s vision of making disciple-making disciples.
Further information can be obtained from Phil and Rosemary Tadman who have long-standing links with South America.
Andrew and Maria Leake live in the Salta region of N. Argentina. Through the Church Mission Society, CMS, they have been successfully supporting efforts to secure the land rights of the indigenous people. They will continue to do this through the charity they set up, Fundación Refugio.
In August, however, Andrew took up a full-time position with Compassion International to create and lead an Environmental Stewardship and Creation Care team, responsible for embedding environmental stewardship and climate change adaptations into their global programme. They would greatly value our prayers as they start this new venture.
To learn more about their work in Argentina, watch the video on our YouTube channel
To find out more about Compassion International, visit their website: www. https://www.compassion.com
Church Representative: Brenda Wilkinson
Tearfund is a Christian charity that partners with churches in more than 50 of the world’s poorest countries, tackling poverty through sustainable development, responding to disasters, and challenging injustice. Tearfund believes that an end to extreme poverty is possible.
In 2018, a group from St. John’s visited Tearfund’s partner, World Relief Cambodia, and saw the work being done to help poor communities through improved agriculture, savings and loan schemes, healthcare training and by raising awareness of the dangers of trafficking.
More recently, we have been linked with the United Mission to Nepal, which has been working there since 1954 with a mission to ‘pursue justice for all, to address the root causes of poverty and to make Christ known by word and life. For more about UMN, watch the video on our YouTube channel.
St. John’s is now part of Tearfund’s World of Difference initiative. As a result, we receive regular updates from different countries, which show how Tearfund’s work with local churches is transforming whole communities. The updates can be viewed at: https://www.tearfund.org/campaigns/world-of-difference.
OR, for more about the work of Tearfund, visit the website at: www.tearfund.org;
Church Army - Marylebone Project Representative: Di Giles
The Church Army’s Marylebone Project provides shelter for homeless women, trains them in catering and business and helps them get work.
These women are often affected by substance misuse, unemployment, domestic violence and mental health issues. Whatever their story, the aim is to help them transition to increased self-esteem, employment, and independent living. This is done by providing shelter, emotional support, educational opportunities, spiritual space, and events in a welcoming and secure environment. To learn more about the Marylebone Project, watch the video on our YouTube channel
You can also visit the website at: http://www.churcharmy.org
Church representative: Caroline Kettlewell
Welcare is a local charity working with families in South London and East Surrey in need of practical help and support, providing food, toys, clothing, debt management advice, counselling and friendship. Their services are based on Christian values and they strive to empower families and change lives for the better, offering practical and emotional support to overcome challenges.
Their team of Family Support Workers is managed by professional Social Workers. They provide family-focused support for children coping with a wide range of problems, which could result from domestic abuse and violence, parental ill health, financial worries or living with disabilities.
For more about the work of Welcare, watch the video on our YouTube channel
You can visit the Welcare website at: https://welcare.org
St. Catherine’s Hospice
Church representative: Jenny Young
St. Catherine’s Hospice is a local charity with a big ambition: to help everyone face death informed, supported, and pain-free. Providing expert hospice care, St. Catherine’s is there for people in West Sussex and East Surrey “when life comes full circle”.
They also pioneer standards in end of life care through collaboration, research and training as they strive to reach even more people facing death and bereavement.
Many of us at St. John’s have been supported or know people who have been supported by St. Catherine’s. Every year they care for around 2,100 people who are living with a life-limiting illness.
A new, larger, modern 24-bed hospice is currently being built at Pease Pottage to enable more people to receive the care they need. The extra space will also provide more room for their community services. For a guided tour of the current hospice, watch the video on our YouTube channel.
To learn more about the work of St. Catherine’s Hospice, visit their website at: https://www.stch.org.uk
Church representative: Glen Jones
CPAS runs Christian holidays for thousands of 8 to 18s each year.
- Ventures are fun-filled holidays that offer children and young people the opportunity to make great friends, take part in incredible activities and explore life with Jesus.
- Falcons are subsidised holidays, designed to suit children and young people who may face disadvantages or difficult circumstances in their daily lives.
- School Ventures give pupils at Church of England primary schools the chance to investigate the core concepts of the Christian faith for themselves.
Young people from St. John’s regularly attend the Venture holidays and benefit greatly from them. Members of our leadership team volunteer to help run the holidays.
For more information about Ventures watch the video on our YouTube channel
To visit their website go to: www.ventures.org.uk
Church representative: Lis Woolley
Care is a self-funding charity run entirely by volunteers with the aim of providing practical help to people living in East Grinstead, Lingfield, Dormansland, Ashurst Wood, Felbridge, Crowhurst, Blindley Heath, Newchapel or South Godstone. It was established in 1988 by members of local churches, including St John’s, as a means of Christian outreach. It seeks to help people within the community in practical ways, such as providing help with shopping, transport to medical appointments or to visit a friend or relation in a hospital or a nursing home in the area.
The Duty Officer is available on 01342 410086 between 9 am and 2 pm any weekday.
Churches Together initiatives in East Grinstead include the Foodbank, Street Pastors, CARE and the Community Bank.
East Grinstead & District Credit Union has become part of Boom Community Bank, which claims to offer a safer and cheaper alternative to high street sources such as payday loans, doorstep lenders and loan sharks. http://www.careineastgrinstead.co.uk/