Our Mission to Charity
Charity is believed to be a form of blessing – a blessing to those who give and a blessing to those who receive. Charity may not necessarily come in the form of money – it could also be in kind.
A little charity, in whatever shape or form, can give a big smile to some-one.
Discipleship is always a journey with others. Jesus called disciples into a community, a community that acts as ‘salt of the earth’ and a ‘light of the world’ (Matt 5:14-16). Following Jesus’ resurrection, the community became the church that shared in prayer, the breaking of bread, and radical hospitality (Acts 2:43-47). Although discipleship is always a personal call, it is never a private one. God calls us to be with others, and so being a church for the community is part of following Jesus.
Here in Stokesley Methodist Church we endeavour to bring smiles to those in need, locally and world-wide.
We have produced a Prayer Leaflet so that sometimes, during our daily prayers, we can make the work of these many wonderful charities & good causes the focus for our devotions & thank God for the many hundreds & thousands of volunteers who give their time, day in & day out, to help those in need – View
Some of the Charities we regularly support or have supported in the past include:
Action for Children – Action for Children supports and speaks out for the UK’s most vulnerable and neglected children and young people.
To find out more go to: http://www.actionforchildren.org.uk
Christian Aid – Christian Aid is the official relief and development agency of 40 British and Irish churches, and works to support sustainable development, stop poverty, support civil society and provide disaster relief in countries around the World.
To find out more go to: http://www.christianaid.org.uk
MHA - Methodist Homes is a charity providing care, accommodation and support services for older people throughout Britain. It is one of the most highly-respected and well-established care providers in the sector, providing services to older people for over 70 years, and amongst the largest charities in Britain.
To find out more go to: http://www.mha.org.uk
All We Can is now the operating name of the Methodist Relief and Development Fund. All We Can helps people in some of the world’s poorest communities to become All They Can, by investing in partnerships that improve quality of life and create positive, long-term change for individuals, families & nations.
MRDF – The Methodist Relief and Development Fund makes small miracles possible in somof the world’s poorest communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America through sustainable development, emergency relief, development education and campaigning.
To find out more go to: http://www.allwecan.org.uk
Compassion works through local churches in poor communities around the world to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. With our partnership we have helped to disciple children to fulfill their God-given potential and to become responsible Christian adults.
We have helped to raise £12,000 to this worthy cause. To find out more go to: http://www.compassionuk.org
The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) operates three helicopters, 365 days a year, across the North-East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria. GNAAS crews respond to around 1,000 call outs each year and on board its aircraft are specialist trauma doctors and paramedics, who bring accident and emergency expertise to the scene.
Whether it’s in a city centre or a remote mountain, the medics respond to wherever they are needed in the shortest space of time. The helicopters are never more than a 15-minute flight from the nearest hospital.
We have helped to raise £12,ooo for this worthy cause. To find out more go to: http://www.greatnorthairambulance.co.uk
Traidcrafts mission is to fight poverty through trade, practicing and promoting approaches to trade that help poor people in developing countries transform their lives. Established in 1979 as a Christian response to poverty, Traidcraft combines a trading company and a development charity. Traidcraft builds lasting relationships with producers, support people to trade out of poverty and work to bring about trade justice.
By selling Traidcraft products in our church we can be a ‘shop window’ for our Christian values and our scriptural call to seek justice for the poor. We can play a powerful role in our advocacy and outreach to the church community – and to the world beyond the church doors.
We now have a selection of lovely greetings cards, great coffee & fine tea, & delicious cookies, chocolate biscuits & healthy snack-bars. These will be on sale at regular intervals such as Saturday morning coffee, during the Book Stall opening times, whenever we have a Fayre or special Open Church event.
To find out more go to: http://www.traidcraft.co.uk
The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. Every Autumn we host our own Macmillan Coffee Morning. It’s a great opportunity to catch up over a cuppa and have a slice of something delicious – and the money we raise at our Coffee Morning will help us make sure no one has to face cancer alone.
The AIMS of Yatton House are: To organise and initiate activities aimed at maximising individual Service Users – to help them develop through Personal Growth, Independence, Community Knowledge, Community Service, Fellowship, Self Help, Social Skills, Further Education, Leisure Activities, Craft Work, Counselling and Home Economics.
It’s POLICY is to ensure that people with a disability will be given the opportunity to live, work and spend their leisure time in the local community in which they live. All Service Users are helped to acquire new skills and take on new responsibilities, so that they will develop, learn & grow – to change disability into ability.
Valuing people - Yatton House seeks to enable its Service Users to have choice and control, to lead full and purposeful lives in their community and develop a range of activities including leisure interests, friendships, relationships, employment, housing and access to mainstream health and facilities – valuing what they can do and what they can bring.
Making changes happen is not impossible.
During 2015/16 we at Stokesley Methodist Church joined in this commitment to support the work of Yatton House . By “Caring and sharing”, we held lots of events & donated money raised from such things as the Book Stall & Choir Concerts. In total, we raised £7,750.