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, Andrew Lea, Ewa Allen, Maggie Tate, Miranda Garfoot, Mark Thomas 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. We help support their work with young people in the North Cambridge area.
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 in 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.
Unseen UK www.unseenuk.org
Unseen work with government, police, social services and other charities to provide services to assist survivors of slavery in the UK. Unseen operates the UK’s national Modern Slavery Helpline: 08000 121 700 and delivers specialist 24-hour safe-houses and outreach services to help survivors rebuild their lives. A service for children is currently being developed to provide highly specialist accommodation and care services to give trafficked children the support they need.
MYDEL Children’s Centre mydelink.org
Mengo Youth Development Link (MYDEL) is based in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. MYDEL works to empower vulnerable children and youth from slum communities through education and skills development to contribute to a sustainable poverty reduction among their communities. St Andrew’s provides funds for an administrator to oversea the Children’s Centre, a residential school in Nansana, a small town located 7 kilometres northwest of Kampala.
Jimmy’s Night Shelter www.jimmyscambridge.org.uk
Donations of food and other items from the annual harvest service are given to Jimmy’s, working with the local Community, Volunteers and Partner agencies to deliver 24/7 emergency accommodation and supported housing for those who would otherwise be homeless or vulnerably housed.
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
- The Amber Trust
- Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign
- The Besom
- Shearly Cripps Children’s Home
- Free a Dalit Child
- Cambridge Street Pastors
- Open Doors
- Members of the congregation volunteering overseas
There is a display on the noticeboard in the south aisle showing details of the projects we currently support.