Mission and Partners

DIOCESE OF GUILDFORD

 We are part of the Diocese of Guildford which is part of the Church of England.

The diocese straddles the North Downs, from tiny rural communities to the busy commuter towns, with areas of challenging social deprivation and great affluence in sharp contrast.  Guildford is one of 41 dioceses which cover the whole of England. We have 162 parishes, 85 church schools and several hundred social and community projects, and our area includes two-thirds of Surrey (including Egham, Banstead, Dorking and Farnham), parts of North East Hampshire (including Farnborough and Aldershot) one parish each in Sussex, and one in Greater London.

The region contains over a million people, and we are there for everyone, providing opportunities for young and old to pray, to explore their faith, to make a positive impact locally and globally, and to observe major life events such as a wedding, christening, confirmation or funeral. Our churches seek to be at the centre of every community, to reach out to those in special need, and to encourage all their members to grow into their full potential as children of God.

The Diocese has 217 church buildings which see more than 25,000 people worshipping on an average Sunday, in addition to many thousands more of all ages who use those buildings or neighbouring Church halls on weekdays for church activities and community clubs and meetings.

Each of our parishes is an independent charity, with their own leadership and governance structures, working together under the leadership of the Bishop of Guildford and his team, so as to make the very best use of our resources across the region. Every one of the million or so people who live in our area has a parish church, and access to its support and facilities when they need them most, often at life events such as Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals.

A transforming Church, transforming lives

Our vision as the Diocese of Guildford is to be a Transforming Church, Transforming Lives, and we are together committed to 12 diocesan goals. Our calling is to join with other Christians in living out and proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ across the region we serve and beyond, responding to Jesus’ Great Commandment to: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind… and to love your neighbour as yourself”;

and his Great Commission to: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you”.

 

To find our more visit  https://www.cofeguildford.org.uk/about/welcome

Mission Agencies

Mission Agencies & Charities supported by St. Mary’s Church

 

The Leprosy Mission

The Leprosy Mission is an international Christian development organisation, transforming the lives of people affected by leprosy. TLM’s goal is to eradicate the causes and consequences of the disease and see a world without leprosy. www.leprosymission.org.uk

The Mission to Seafarers

The Mission to Seafarers is a missionary society of the Anglican Church. It serves seafarers of all races and creeds, working through a network of full-time and part-time chaplains, staff and voluntary helpers in 258 ports in 71 countries around the world. In more than 100 ports, it runs seafarers’ centres. It is entirely dependent on voluntary contributions. www.missiontoseafarers.org

Bible Society

Bible Society exists to make the Bible heard. Its aim is to show how the Bible connects with life. Bible Society works to make Scriptures available where there are none and works with churches to help them live out the Bible’s message. It aims to put an end to Bible poverty. www.biblesociety.org.uk

Church Mission Society

Sharing Jesus, changing lives. CMS is committed to evangelistic mission, working to see our world transformed by the love of Jesus. CMS is inspired by the hope that one day the whole of creation will be restored to a living, loving relationship with God. Born in 1799, in the crucible of the campaign to abolish slavery, CMS has always had justice and evangelism at its heart. Today CMS is a community of people in mission working in over 35 countries, a community that has heard God’s call to join in his loving outreach to the world and has rolled up its sleeves to serve others in mission.

www.cms-uk.org

Church Army

Church Arny is a mission community of people who are transforming lives and neighbourhoods throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland. They are committed to bringing people to a living faith in Jesus Christ by sharing the Christian faith in words and action and enabling the wider church to do so. www.churcharmy.org.uk

Christian Aid

Christian Aid works towards eradicating poverty. It believes poverty robs people of dignity, freedom and hope, of power over their own lives. Christian Aid provides disaster relief and long term help for poor communities. www.christianaid.org.uk

The Children’s Society

The Children’s Society want to create a world where all children and young people are respected, valued and heard. They help children of all faiths and none, including children at risk on the streets, disabled children, young refugees, young carers and those within the youth justice system. www.childrenssociety.org.uk

FARM-Africa

Farm Africa helps African farmers grow themselves out of poverty and end hunger for ever. With its help, rural families are building a more prosperous life that allows them to take charge of their futures. www.farm-africa.org.uk

Walton & Hersham Food Bank

We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

Mission News and Events

Harvest Appeal

Thank you once again to everyone who donated to the Farm-Africa project to buy goats. The final sum raised was £450, which will pay for 18 goats. Ann Blowers

Sea Sunday

We celebrated Sea Sunday on 6th August at the 10 am service. The speaker was Cdr. Dai Somerville-Jones from the Mission to Seafarers. Dai spoke about the problems facing seafarers in the 21st century, the loneliness of long months at sea, the poor conditions and the threat of piracy which still exists today. Thank you to everyone for the generous donations which so far has raised £462 for the Mission. Ann Blowers.

The Leprosy Mission

In March we focussed on World Leprosy Sunday. The speaker at our 10 am service was Jarrett Wilson, Regional Manager for The Leprosy Mission. Jarrett spoke about the desperate need to update the Outpatients Department at Purulia Hospital, India. The retiring collection raised £598. Thank you to those who gave so generously to this appeal.

Purulia Hospital appeal update – news from TLM (spring 2017)

Thanks to you, construction is set to begin on a brand new Outpatients’ department for Purulia hospital in October. You responded with overwhelming kindness and generosity when we told you the department was no longer fit for purpose with up to 300 patients a day queuing in overcrowded conditions to see two doctors. Because of the reputation of Purulia hospital and the fact that leprosy patients, usually the poorest of the poor, cannot afford to be treated elsewhere, patients travel for hundreds of miles to its Outpatients’ department. There is not enough room for sick and disabled people to rest and there are only two toilets. There is little privacy when being examined by a doctor. But thanks to you, construction of a brand new department is scheduled for October in time for a grand opening in mid-2018! The new department will have a large waiting room, a canteen serving healthy food for patients and staff, six consultation rooms, two minor procedure rooms, a new pharmacy, a toilet block and two lab areas. In addition, two doctors’ houses on the hospital site have been refurbished to attract new doctors to Purulia. Thank you so much for enabling hundreds of patients to be treated in comfort and with dignity each day!

The Bishop’s Lent Challenge

With donations from the Pancake Lunch and Lent Lunches we were able to send £277 to this appeal, 50% goes to the Bishop of Guildford’s Foundation to support local projects, 50% to a water project in Nigeria.

Harvest Appeal

Thank you once again to everyone who donated to the Farm-Africa project to buy goats. The final sum raised was £450, which will pay for 18 goats. Ann Blowers

Sea Sunday

We celebrated Sea Sunday on 6th August at the 10 am service. The speaker was Cdr. Dai Somerville-Jones from the Mission to Seafarers. Dai spoke about the problems facing seafarers in the 21st century, the loneliness of long months at sea, the poor conditions and the threat of piracy which still exists today. Thank you to everyone for the generous donations which so far has raised £462 for the Mission. Ann Blowers.

The Leprosy Mission

In March we focussed on World Leprosy Sunday. The speaker at our 10 am service was Jarrett Wilson, Regional Manager for The Leprosy Mission. Jarrett spoke about the desperate need to update the Outpatients Department at Purulia Hospital, India. The retiring collection raised £598. Thank you to those who gave so generously to this appeal.

Purulia Hospital appeal update – news from TLM (spring 2017)

Thanks to you, construction is set to begin on a brand new Outpatients’ department for Purulia hospital in October. You responded with overwhelming kindness and generosity when we told you the department was no longer fit for purpose with up to 300 patients a day queuing in overcrowded conditions to see two doctors. Because of the reputation of Purulia hospital and the fact that leprosy patients, usually the poorest of the poor, cannot afford to be treated elsewhere, patients travel for hundreds of miles to its Outpatients’ department. There is not enough room for sick and disabled people to rest and there are only two toilets. There is little privacy when being examined by a doctor. But thanks to you, construction of a brand new department is scheduled for October in time for a grand opening in mid-2018! The new department will have a large waiting room, a canteen serving healthy food for patients and staff, six consultation rooms, two minor procedure rooms, a new pharmacy, a toilet block and two lab areas. In addition, two doctors’ houses on the hospital site have been refurbished to attract new doctors to Purulia. Thank you so much for enabling hundreds of patients to be treated in comfort and with dignity each day!

The Bishop’s Lent Challenge

With donations from the Pancake Lunch and Lent Lunches we were able to send £277 to this appeal, 50% goes to the Bishop of Guildford’s Foundation to support local projects, 50% to a water project in Nigeria.