Mission Partner News

As you may know, St Matthew’s supports a number of mission partners, both local and those working in the wider world, and we allocate 10% of our budget to them. However, this support is not only financial but also involves regular contact and prayer. Currently we have 7 mission partners who each receive approximately £2,000 pa.

Following a change in Richard Thompson’s circumstances, and therefore cessation of the partnership, members of the Going Team (sub-group of the PCC) have been prayerfully considering a new partnership. As a result of this, a recommendation was made to and endorsed by the PCC. So, now we are pleased to announce a new mission partnership with the Sisters of the Church based in St Paul’s.

The Community of the Sisters of the Church is an international body of women within the Anglican Communion, living under the gospel values of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience, desiring to be faithful to the traditions of Religious Life while exploring new ways of expressing them and living community life and ministry today. By our worship, ministry and life in Community, we desire to be channels of the reconciling love and acceptance of Christ, to acknowledge the dignity of every person, and to enable others to encounter the living God whom we seek.

The Sisters, based in St Paul’s, Bristol, serve those in need in the local community in may ways; this includes working with single parent families, the elderly, the homeless, people living with addictions, refugees and asylum seekers, others struggling with poverty, prisoners, with One25 (working with women involved in prostitution) and at the Create Centre where life skills are taught…
They also give out a large number of food parcels each week.

We have supported the Sisters with gifts of food for some time and will continue to do this in addition to our financial giving.

ONE-OFF GIFT: A gift of £1,000 is being made to b.friend (another mission partner applicant) in recognition of its valuable work and in light of the current needs of refugees and asylum seekers in Bristol.

Christmas Appeal 2015

The sisters have written:
Our special Christmas bags are a sign of God’s love and the care of many churches and individuals in and around Bristol. We expect to give bags to 550 to 600 people and are very grateful for each and every contribution towards them. At Christmas we particularly need:

Christmas Food: Boxes of Chocolates, Christmas Puddings, Festive Biscuits, Tins of Ham, Meat or Salmon. Gifts for Adults: Ladies:— Gloves, warms, scarves, hand-cream and small toiletries. Men:—Gloves, scarves, hats and socks.

Argos Vouchers for children. Last year we asked for money donations for Argos vouchers for a £10 voucher per child to all the families we know and this was a huge success. We gave nearly 200 vouchers. We would much like to do this again this year.

Additional funding needs: All donations are most welcome! Most of our donated money goes on bulk buying food throughout the year but we also use some of our donated money to top up gas and electricity meter keys of some of our most vulnerable callers and families.

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