What is mission?
Mission is often defined as ‘finding out what God is doing in the world and getting involved’.
Why do we give?
We recognise that giving to others is fundamentally our response to God’s giving to us, most notably in the person and work of Jesus Christ. We are called to give willingly and cheerfully, according to our means (see 2 Corinthians, chapters 8 and 9).
The Mission and Giving Group
The Mission and Giving Group is a sub-committee of the Parochial Church Council (PCC) that plans and coordinates our giving as a church to Christian work and other charitable causes. We meet 3 times a year to monitor existing church commitments, to plan Giving Days (November/ May), and to arrange speakers/materials etc. Current group members are: Sharon Neufeld, Helen Druiff, Lesley Mackie, Andrew Lera, Rosie Meikle and Nick Moir.
How do we plan our giving?
We use the five ‘marks of mission’ of the worldwide Anglican church to guide our decisions about priorities for giving and to ensure a balance in our commitment to various aspects of mission:
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
- To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
- To respond to human need by loving service
- To seek to transform unjust structures of society
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the earth
How do we choose which organizations to support?
St Andrew’s supports a number of organisations with a regular commitment, as well as making one-off donations to others. The recipient of donations made at the twice yearly Giving Days are chosen with the 5 marks of mission in mind, one being a local or UK organisation and the other reflecting our concern for the needs of those in other countries.
Regular donations are made to:
Winter Comfort, Cambridge www.wintercomfort.org.uk
This is a local charity supporting the homeless through the provision of basic amenities and a range of services. We donate funds for the weekly purchase of fruit for the guests.
Romsey Mill, Cambridge www.romseymill.org
This is a Cambridge-based charity working with some of the most disadvantaged young people and families in the local area. As part of the North Cambridge Council of Churches we support theTransitions Programme, aiming to increase the confidence and skills of 10-14 year-olds as they make the change from junior to secondary school and as they progress through education.
Azul Wasi (The Blue House) www.standrews-chesterton.org/azulwasi
This is a project in Cusco, Peru, which St Andrew’s has supported since its beginning I 2005, initially helping to build a home for boys who were at risk. Since 2009 we have supported the 12 boys who live there as a family, by sending a regular donation for the food costs. The boys attend the local school and learn many practical skills at Azul Wasi, which will help them gain confidence and independence in the future.
USPG (Anglicans in World Mission) www.uspg.org.uk
At harvest or on specific giving days we have supported projects such as hostels for young people in North India, training for church leaders in Ghana and Madagascar and support for HIV/AIDS orphans in South Africa.
A Rocha (Christians in Conservation) www.arocha.org
This is a national and international organisation encouraging the church to become more aware of and involved in ‘creation care’.
The Shearly Cripps orphanage in Zimbabwe
St Andrews has supported the Shearly Cripps Children’s Home in Zimbabwe for a number of years. However the situation there is now very dire. Shearly Cripps was an orphanage housing more than 100 orphans, ranging in age from infants to 16 years old. It was attached to St Johns Chikwakwa, a rural Anglican Mission in Murewa Zimbabwe. The Mission also included a Primary and Secondary School which was attended by the children and there was a visiting Nursery teacher for the younger ones. Unfortunately the Mission buildings were taken over last September by supporters of Nolbert Kunonga and the Children’s Home was closed. The children have been rehoused in temporary rented accommodation near Harare. The situation there is now very dire.
Organisations we have supported through one-off donations or Giving Days
As well as our regular commitments, we also make one-off donations to various good causes. In the last two years these included:
- Anti-Slavery International
- Cambridge Cancer Help Centre
- Children’s Society
- Christian Aid
- Cogwheel Trust
- Mercy Ships
- Cambridge Food Bank
- young members of the congregation volunteering overseas during their Gap Year
There is a display on the noticeboard near the south door showing details of the projects we currently support.
We produce regular updates to keep the congregation in touch with our mission and giving commitments and to provide a basis for prayer. Past updates can be accessed via the links below.