St Mary’s is an outward looking church committed to the 5 Marks of Mission.
We therefore want to support a variety of partner organisations working locally, nationally and internationally.
For details of the projects we are supporting in 2019 please see below.
South Cheshire CLASP (Christian Link Association for Single Parents)South Cheshire CLASP aims to reach out and support those in the local community who are affected by the difficulties associated with parenting alone, whatever their circumstances (eg. family/relationship breakdown, bereavement, domestic abuse, teenage pregnancy, parenting by adoption etc.) The service is based on a Christian ethos, offering help and encouragement to assist with the progression from crisis to wholeness and a positive future for the whole family. CLASP offers a free high-quality service with professionally qualified counsellors for lone parent families and stepfamilies and we are pleased to be able to support this ongoing service. (St Mary’s Project Champion – Angie Bartlett)
Cheshire Agricultural Chaplaincy
The Cheshire Agricultural Chaplaincy provides a free confidential service offering a listening ear, practical help and care to the whole farming community in a non-judgmental way.By contributing to the post of a new part time chaplain, we will be supporting the Golden Wheat Sponsorship scheme helping farmers with a wide range of personal, family and occupational problems and difficulties, including feelings of depression, suicide and social isolation. (St Mary’s Project Champion – Bernard Moss)
Every year thousands of children across the UK, India and East Africa run away or are forced to leave homes that have become unbearable through poverty, abuse, violence and neglect. Railway Children provides protection and opportunity for children with nowhere else to go and nobody to turn to.(St Mary’s Project Champion – Noel Bartlett)
We are helping to support the work of the Transforming Lives Together team in the Diocese of Chester, which aims to improve access to resources, make local work more effective, and create a framework for others to respond to the problem of poverty by offering time, money, action and prayer.
Transforming Lives Together is part of the Church Urban Fund which was established by the Church of England as a practical response to unmet need and has been active in local communities for over 30 years. Working through the Church of England’s local parish networks, and alongside other faith-based and secular organisations, their vision is to see people and communities all over England flourish and enjoy life in all its fullness. (St Mary’s Project Champion – Vanessa Layfield)
The Al Sharooq School for Blind children is in Beit Jala, Palestine and aims to provide a caring multi-faith educational setting to improve the quality of life for blind and visually impaired Palestinian children (irrespective of their cultural or religious background). The school helps to facilitate the children’s integration into the local community by promoting and enhancing their cultural, educational, musical, social and economic wellbeing. We have been pleased to support the provision of equipment for the new Occupational Therapy department. (St Mary’s Project Champion – Bernard Moss)
The ship Logos Hope sails to bring knowledge, help and hope to the people of the world by supplying literature resources, encouraging cross-cultural understanding, providing practical aid, and sharing a message of hope in God wherever there is opportunity. The ship visits each port for several weeks and on average around one million visitors have been welcomed on board every year. We are in partnership to support the supply of literature (over 5000 different titles) for the 2-year tour of Latin America, which started in 2018 with a visit to Colombia. (St Mary’s Project Champion – John Rivers)
The Church Mission Society has the vision of seeing all God’s people engaged in God’s mission, bringing challenge, change, hope and freedom to the world.
(St Mary’s Project Champion – Noel & Angie Bartlett)
Christian Aid aims to expose poverty throughout the world and to help in practical ways through direct aid and through highlighting, challenging and changing the structures and systems that favour the rich and powerful over the poor and marginalised.
We send donations regularly to Christian Aid and in response to their various disaster and emergency appeals.
Kenyan School Children
In addition to the organisations above, we are pleased to be able to directly assist, via their local church, with the school fees of two children in Mumias, Kenya to allow them to continue their education. (St Mary’s Project Champion – Nick Hutt)