22 February 2017

Mission in Britain, Winter Grants Announced

Mission in Britain, Winter Grants Announced

Details of the successful applications for the Mission in Britain Fund winter grants round have been announced. In this recent round, over £800,000 has been granted to churches and Christian organisations across England, Wales and Scotland to help fund worship and mission focused projects.

The Mission in Britain Fund is supported by gifts from the Methodist people. Grants are offered to projects dealing with poverty and justice, missional opportunities at Methodist heritage sites, chaplaincy, using church properties to serve communities and sharing the gospel with those of all ages.

Julian Bond, Grants Team Leader, commented, "We are very grateful to those who have contributed to the fund and enabled the Church to fulfil its calling in our communities.  Mission in Britain is vital to help us grow the Church by supporting new ideas and enabling projects to flourish.

"We are keen to hear from those who want to turn their callings and gifts into reality and I would encourage anyone considering applying for a grant to talk to us early about their application."

The next round of applications for grants under £50k takes place in March and then again in May. The next deadline for grants over £50k is in October.

Hermira Nelson-Okrafor, Fundraising Manager, commented, "In order to support such wonderful projects around the Connexion we need local churches and individuals to continue to give generously to our Mission in Britain Fund.  The fund supports Methodist Action against Poverty and Justice (MAPJ) projects such as debt centres and mission cafes across the UK. Without this financial support, we would not be able to finance these projects that are vital in the life of the church. "

To find out how you can give to these kinds of projects visit www.methodist.org.uk/mission/mission-in-britain or email fundraising@methodistchurch.org.uk or call 0207 467 3532

You can also sign up to the One Mission Matters magazine to keep up to date with fundraising news.

More information about grants, including application and donation details, can be found on the Methodist Church website (www.methodist.org.uk) under Mission.

Grants awarded in January 2017

Chaplaincy to New Housing Developments in Wantage and Abingdon Circuit
To establish a visible Christian presence in an area of newly built housing. With many new arrivals, including those unchurched, the new ministry will reach out to people in their everyday lives, listening non-judgmentally and without pressure.

Bristol Methodist Centre
Based in one of the most deprived wards in the South West of England, this new centre will enable the circuit to offer shelter, sanctuary and support to the homeless, vulnerable and excluded. The centre provides a prayer space for staff and guests to share in organised or personal prayers.

Heritage Open Doors - Oxford
A Heritage and Mission Development Officer will help the congregation develop new mission opportunities based on the heritage of Methodism in Oxford. The project will engage the congregation, recruiting and training volunteers to welcome visitors. The grant will also enable research into the Methodist heritage of Oxford with displays and audio guides. The project will also feature a new web presence.

Youth Outreach Worker - Stamford
To expand chaplaincy at Stamford Sixth Form College. A Youth Outreach Worker to be responsible for chaplaincy across the College and offer five-day contact throughout the school year. The position will offer pastoral care to individual students and staff, particularly those in crisis, as well as marking seasonal events such as Christmas, Easter and Remembrance Day and welcoming new students.

Christians Against Poverty Debt Centre - Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield
To employ a new member of staff to reach more people struggling with unmanageable debt. Linked with local churches, to support those struggling with their finances who are unable to move forward on their own and be released from the anxiety of debt.

Ministry at Work - Staffordshire
To support this ecumenical charity involved in mission to the wider business community. Answering God's call to respond to the needs of individuals in business, especially where those are not being met through established church structures.

SCM Connect
Supporting young adults in faith and discipleship during the transition from further education to university. The project will connect them to student groups, churches and chaplaincy communities in their university town or city and to a national community of Christian students through regional and national events, and online engagement.

Chaplain for Zimbabwean Methodist Fellowship
The grant will help Methodist Church Zimbabwe Fellowship (MCZF) UK fulfil their mission of serving members of the Methodist Church who are of Zimbabwean origin and support them in integrating into the Methodist Church in Great Britain and participate in the life of the Church.

Women Breaking Free, Touchstone - Bradford
Supporting women survivors of childhood sexual abuse. This project is a response to the Past Cases Review priority of addressing survivor needs with sustained and continuing support for survivors.

Birmingham District University Chaplaincy
This project continues successful coordination of chaplaincy across universities in Birmingham District.


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