We are aware that our responsibilities as a Christian community do not stop at the parish boundary and are conscious that there are enormous spiritual and physical needs throughout the world. For this reason, we support a wide range of Christian mission and relief organisations working both within the UK and in many other countries worldwide. These are listed below. For more information about each organisation, simply click on its website link to connect to its own homepage.
If you would like to get more involved in Norbury’s support of any of these organisations, contact Rob Green at [email protected] who will put you in touch with the relevant church representative.
Church Pastoral Aid Society
The Church Pastoral Aid Society is a home mission agency with the aim of supporting churches throughout the UK in their ongoing mission of reaching out with the gospel message. To do this, the society provides resources of many kinds, including youth resources and leadership training, and is currently focusing on developing leadership in all areas of church life.
For more information visit the CPAS website at www.cpas.org.uk
Church Mission Society (South America)
Norbury Church has supported the Church Mission Society for many years. Our present link Mission Partners are Andy and Rose Roberts working in Olinda in Brazil. They head up ReVive International, which works with girls who have been abused, forced into prostitution or abandoned by their families in Olinda. They began ReVive when they discovered that there were no other organisations (government projects or otherwise) who were working exclusively with girls. In doing so, they stepped down from their work with My Father’s House boys’ home (MFH) to dedicate their time, energy and experience into starting up a new project to work with these vulnerable girls.
For more details go to the website http://www.cms-uk.org/Community/LatinAmerica/tabid/510/language/en-GB/Default.aspx
Representative: Winifred Shawcross
Adoption Matters North West
Adoption Matters North West (AMNW) is one of the charities that Norbury supports financially and in other ways. The organisation originated with the Anglican Church, in particular the Diocese of Chester, and the Bishops of Blackburn and Chester are the current presidents.
AMNW is a member of the Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies and its team of sensitive and experienced professionals provides comprehensive advice, counselling, support and information to anyone whose life has been touched by adoption, i.e. adoptive parents, people who have been adopted, birth parents and their families. The agency has achieved over 3,500 placements since 1947 and has one of the lowest adoption breakdown rates in the country: less than five per cent, compared with a national average of around 20 per cent.
AMNW has offices in Chester, Blackburn and Hale and invites enquiries from would-be adoptive parents throughout the North West and beyond. At any one time in this country, several hundred children of varying ages are in need of adoptive parents. AMNW was able to help 40 children in its last financial year and we thank the families who opened their hearts and homes to them.
You can find out more at the website www.adoptionmattersnw.org
Representative: Laura Meeney
Christians in Schools Trust
The Christians in Schools Trust (CIST), a registered local charity, was set up in 1992 to maintain a Christian involvement in schools in Stockport, following work begun by Scripture Union. Its activities mainly support Christian clubs, assemblies and Religious Education lessons in secondary schools; primary schools (especially Year 6) are also served but on a more limited basis.
For more details go to the website www.cist.org.uk
Representative: Tony Cheslett
The Bible Society exists because millions lack the Bible in a language they can understand, in a form they can use or at a price they can afford. At the same time millions still have no understanding of why the Bible is of value to them and their communities.
The Bible Society in England and Wales works in partnership with 140 other national Bible Societies across the world. Their work includes:
- Bible translation – those speaking more than half of the world’s 6,912 languages don’t have a single book of the Bible they can read.
- Making Bibles available to those unable to afford to buy one (one billion people worldwide have to live on the equivalent of 60p per day)
- Making the Bible available to those who cannot read or who are blind, visually impaired, deaf or hearing impaired (there are 800 million such people worldwide).
If you would like to know more, visit the Bible Society website www.biblesociety.org.uk
Representative: Paul Southcombe
The Evangelical Alliance Relief Fund (Tearfund) is a Christian organisation passionate about living out God’s Kingdom values of love, hope and transformation. Launched in 1968 under the leadership of the late George Hoffman, following the famine in Biafra, it has expanded over the years, responding with aid in disasters, child sponsorship, and providing food, healthcare, and education through Christian projects in local churches. Tearfund’s vision is to see 50 million people released from material and spiritual poverty through a worldwide network of 100,000 local churches. It recognises that people’s needs are not only physical but also spiritual – people need to have enough food, water and warmth to survive, but they also need hope to make life worth living.
Updates on their work and a prayer diary can be found on the website www.tearfund.org
Representative: David Duke
Christian Aid works globally for profound change to eradicate the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality – all part of a wider movement for social justice. It provides urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes. Inspired by the gospel message of hope, it unites people of all denominations in prayer and service, is sponsored by a wide range of churches in Britain and Ireland and is mandated to work on relief, development and advocacy for poverty eradication. Here at Norbury we get involved in fundraising during Christian Aid week, which in 2016 is from 15 – 21 May. There will be plenty of opportunities to be involved.
For more details go to www.christianaid.org.uk
Representative: Peter Cheslett
The Leprosy Mission
Founded in 1874 by Wellesley Bailey, The Leprosy Mission is an international Christian organisation working in 29 developing countries to eradicate the causes and consequences of leprosy.
The disease is caused by the bacillus Mycobacterium Leprae and is a disease of poverty. It can now be effectively cured by multi-drug therapy. Early diagnosis remains the key to preventing disability and stigma. If left untreated, leprosy results in limb impairment or blindness. Two thirds of all leprosy sufferers worldwide live in India.
The Leprosy Mission provides training for medical staff for diagnosing leprosy and preventing disability. It also supports community-based rehabilitation programmes including education, vocational training and housing. Reconstructive surgery is carried out in Leprosy Mission hospitals such as the one in Anandabar in Nepal.
For more details go to the website www.leprosymission.org.uk
Representative: Stuart Shawcross
International Aid Trust
From 2017 the Norbury Shoebox team will be sending shoeboxes to children living in poverty via the International Aid Trust (Registered Charity no. 1086597); a Christian Humanitarian Aid Charity based in Preston which was set up in 1991 when a small group of Christians began taking out Bibles and aid to the former USSR.
The charity’s motto, “Christian compassion for a hurting world” covers all aspects of their ministry which has two main objectives:
- To help those who are in conditions of real need, hardship and distress, including those who are disabled through age or sickness by the supply of financial, material and medical aid and by the provision of people on the ground to offer personal and pastoral support.
- The advancement of the Christian faith.
IAT runs projects in the UK as well as in more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and South America and the shoebox project is a very important part of this work. Projects are funded by individual donations and money raised through a chain of 22 shops (mainly in North West England) which meet local needs by selling good quality goods at charity shop prices whilst providing a Christian presence on the high street.
This year, as in previous years, we will be filling shoeboxes with goodies for children in age ranges of 2-4 years, 5-9 years and 10-14 years. If you would like to donate items for shoeboxes, please check the IAT website www.international aid trust.org.uk as well as regular information and updates displayed on the church noticeboard. Please place any items you would like to donate (labelled ‘for shoebox’) in the blue bin in the Narthex or hand to one of the shoebox team.
In the world’s poorest places the gift of a shoebox is a dream come true and often an answer to prayer. It is likely to be the only gift the child will receive that year. Thank you for your continuing help and support – it is very much appreciated.
Representative: Hilary Green
The Children’s Society
The Children’s Society was founded by the Church of England in the 19th century and provided family-sized homes for poor homeless children. In the late 20th century, to reflect the way that society in general had changed, many homes were closed and the focus moved to helping young people and their families solve their own problems where possible.
Today, the Society runs over 27 children’s centres in England, works in partnership with 40 local authorities, and has 77 programmes up and down the country helping children and young people who are struggling to cope; and it supports children from a range of backgrounds and families through free legal advice on a range of issues.
The Children’s Society works with children of all faiths and none, including those at risk on the streets, young refugees, young carers and those within the youth justice system. Through lobbying and research, it also seeks to influence policy at all levels so that young people can have a better chance in life.
At Norbury, our popular annual Christingle service raises funds for the Society. In addition, more than 50 members of Norbury hold home collection boxes.
For more details go to the website www.childrenssociety.org.uk
Representative: Vicky Bluff
Norbury is a Fairtrade church: all the tea, coffee and sugar we serve is certified Fairtrade, which guarantees that those who produce it were given a fair price that enables them to make a living, and feed and educate their families.
We also have a monthly Traidcraft stall at which members of Norbury can buy fairly traded goods, many of which are not currently available on supermarket shelves. It is usually open on the second Sunday of every month after the 8.30am and 10.15am services. The stall, organised and staffed entirely by volunteers, is a self-consciously non-profit making project – all surplus funds are donated to the Fairtrade Foundation.
We regularly have ‘Fairtrade Communion services’, as the wine and all the ingredients that go into making the bread are, where possible, fairly traded. If you would like more information about fair trade issues, including where to buy fairly traded goods, go to the Fairtrade Foundation’s website www.fairtrade.org.uk.
If you would like to get involved in Norbury’s ‘One World’ group, which seeks to raise awareness of Fairtrade issues as well as those of climate change and justice and peace, please contact Rob Green on [email protected].