Missions supported by St Nicolas Parish Church Cranleigh
St Nicolas Parish Church, Cranleigh, supports mission at home and overseas in particular by donating a proportion of income between the following mission societies and also by special services for each one on one Sunday every year.
Born out of the Evangelical revival of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the Bible Society enjoyed the support of such people as William Wilberforce and Lord Shaftesbury. Following on from the work of those early days there are now more than 130 sister societies.
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The Children's Society is one of the largest and most innovative children's charities in Britain. Founded in 1881 and working through over 100 projects throughout England and Wales, we reach out to nearly 40,000 children and young people every year helping to find solutions to the very serious problems they face. Children and young people are shaped by the communities they live in, and by the people that surround them. Their prospects can become bleak when these influences let them down.
The Children's Society concentrates its resources on tackling the root cause of the problems these children and young people face. There are five areas where the Society's work is making a difference: * Safe on the Streets * A Right to Education * Youth Justice * Children in Communities * Feeding Matters *
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Christian Aid works with the world's poorest people in around 50 countries, regardless of race or faith. It tackles the causes and consequences of poverty and injustice. They are part of ACT International, the ecumenical relief network.
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Church Mission Society
CMS is a voluntary association of people rooted in the Anglican Communion with obedience to Christ's command to fulfil his Great Commission. They strive to share with people of all races and to gather them into the fellowship of Christ's Church members of CMS try to participate actively in Christian mission wherever they are country or overseas. Founded in 1799, CMS has attracted upwards of 9,000 men and women partners during its 200 year history. Today there are about 150 mission partners in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
We are specifically supporting the work of David and Shelley Stokes in Argentina.
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Guildford YMCA has a long history in the town, and for 20 years has provided safe housing for young people in the Bridge Street hostel along with bed and breakfast accommodation, conferencing and restaurant facilites. Youth work projects based at Plantation in Market Street have further developed the 'YMCA effect' on local young people.
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Mission to Seafarers
For 150 years the Mission has cared for seafarers of every creed, colour and nationality. Around the world chaplains, staff and volunteers visit seafarers on their ships, welcome them to seafarers' centres, and work to remind them that they are not forgotten, that God loves them. Seafarers do not easily fit into neat Church categories. They spend long months at sea away from their families and friends. They are often isolated members of small multinational crews, divided from colleagues by culture, language and faith. They are frequently ill-treated by the minority of unscrupulous ship-owners who require them to serve on unsafe ships, accept scandalously low wages and eat inadequate food.
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Yes, missionaries are still needed. US has over 100 missionaries serving in five continents. Through its programmes, the Society ensures a global exchange of people, ideas and experience. US funds hospitals, schools, theological colleges, prisons and children's homes in living partnership with the world-wide church. By linking parishes in Britain and Ireland with projects in other parts of the world you can learn more about mission in action.
Recognising the special place that the poor and excluded have in God's heart, US seeks to: * Witness and work with others by proclaiming God's saving love brought to life in all people and in all places * Serve, challenge and be challenged by the worldwide church as it proclaims the reconciling work of God in Christ for all * Promote justice and share resources and experiences to further God's kingdom.
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