At St John’s we are very aware that we have a responsibility to those around us in our community, our country and in our world. Through our giving and our involvement with mission organisations we demonstrate our care and love for others especially those who are disadvantaged by their circumstances. At St John’s we have an active World Mission team who ensure that the church is kept up to date with information about the organisations we support and who make opportunities for us to increase our support to those in need.
We commit ourselves to:
- Give at least 10% of our income to mission organisations
- Pray for the organisations we support
- Promote the organisations through planned events and publicity
- Respond to emergency situations as needs arise
We also support Fairtrade at church. Fairtrade certification is a product certification system designed to allow people to identify products that meet agreed environmental, labour and developmental standards. It aims to achieve fairness and justice for poor farming communities. Registered charity number: 245464
Tearfund is a UK Christian relief and development agency, working with a global network of local churches to help eradicate poverty, transform lives and bring justice. It works to inspire the church to transform communities, mobilising local churches to work with poor communities to bring material and spiritual transformation: to speak out in advocacy, and to prepare and respond to disasters. Tearfund addresses a wide range of issues including HIV, water and sanitation, reducing the impact of disasters, economic injustice and climate change. The present focus of our involvement is on Anti-Trafficking, Refugee Support programmes and on the East Africa Emergency Relief fund. We also support the 'toilet twinning' campaign to provide safe, clean toilets for everyone. We have 'twinned' all the toilets at St John's, providing two new toilet blocks for children in schools in rural Pakistan.
Registered charity number 265464.
Mildmay's mission is to improve the quality of life of those who live with HIV+AIDS through building in-country capacity to fight HIV+AIDS.
- They do this through the creation and delivery of Comprehensive model holistic care services for adults and children, their families and communities.
- They provide specialist training and technical assistance to health workers and institutions, thus empowering others to improve standards of care in their communities
As a Christian charity, Mildmay is dedicated to transforming the hopes and lives of individuals challenged by the illnesses, disability, prejudice and deprivation that HIV+AIDS can bring.
Registered charity number 292058.
Pathways was opened by former Beirut hostage Terry Waite in 2006, to provide positive support, advice and a refuge for homeless people with a variety of physical, social and emotional needs. Pathways is currently located at 120 Saltergate, Chesterfield S40 1NG and offers a variety of services to help homeless, rootless people in our own community. It works very closely with other local services, including the local Foodbanks, and the Street Pastors with whom St John's Church also have close connections.
Registered charity number 1118638.
The Smiles Foundation
In 1990, just months after the fall of Ceausescu in Romania, - the Smiles Foundation’s founders, Kevin Hoy and Nia Jones visited State orphanages in several major cities. Of the thousands of children seen, one common observation was noted: a total lack of Smiles.
Kevin and Nia vowed to return to Romania to make smiles appear on the faces of children and parents struggling for life within this impoverished nation. After several years of regular visits to Romania, supported by many from the UK and America, they decided to establish an official Charity, 'The Smiles Foundation'. They and an army of like-minded people began working to bring Smiles once again to the Romanian people. The Charity seeks to relieve poverty, promote education and provide hope & opportunity through a variety of projects, which include Evangelistic Outreach, Food Distribution, Medical Support, Social Assistance, Education, Child Care, Life Skills Training and Housing Provision. Members of St John's have been on Mission Trips to help with these projects, and our fund raising has made a substantial contribution to their building programme. St John's hosts an annual Community Christmas Market where all the takings go to this charity.
Registered charity number: 114839712.
We are actively involved in supporting these four charities: through our tithe, through fund raising events, through regular prayer and, where possible, through first-hand experience.
On an annual basis, we also support:
Christian Aid is a very well established charity. Their aim is to help the world’s poorest people begin to help themselves by establishing sustainable projects. They also provide emergency relief for natural wherever they occur. St John’s has organised an annual house-to-house collection in the parish for many years and has raised many thousands of pounds for different projects. We have now decided to host an annual event instead, like a coffee morning or, as this year, a 'cream tea', during Christian Aid Week. Also this Year, two members of St John's succesfully completed the London marathon for Christian Aid, and our young people also undertook a sponsored reading challenge whilst another member responded to the online 'Living Below The Line/Mean Bean' challenge in support of Christian Aid.
Registered charity number: 1105851.
Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is the world's largest children's Christmas project, now run by the Christian charity Samaritans Purse. It has been sending gift-filled shoeboxes around the world since 1990, bringing joy and the hope of Jesus Christ into the lives of millions of underprivileged children. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. St. John’s has supported OCC from the very beginning and we continue to do so. Each Christmas we send shoeboxes full of love to our local depot in Chesterfield and from there they are transported to destinations around the globe. We want to help change the world for disadvantaged children at Christmas.
Registered charity number: 1001349.