In 2010 our PCC launched a new approach to Partnership Giving - that is the money the PCC gives to support other partners in our shared mission of growing the Kingdom of God.
No Church exists in isolation. As well as working locally we are also connected to the wider Church nationally and internationally. One of the ways these links are expressed is through the sharing of resources. Our links with partners in the wider Church and community are a source of inspiration to us in our own ministry. There are so many groups undertaking exciting and challenging work, helping make the world as God intended.
These groups are our partners in growing the Kingdom of God. Whilst there are many wonderful potential parteners we focus on just a few so that we can get to know them and feel involved in the work they are doing. The aim is to foster a real sense of being partners; it is not just about giving money. It may involve offering practical support and importantly supporting them with our prayers.
Our Global Partners
USPG supporting healthcare in the Toungoo region of Myanmar.
Mission Aviation Fellowship supporting Laura Westly and Mike Bundy based in Uganda
We are also in the process of developing a link with the parish of Kapiri Mposhi in Central Zambia.
Our National Partners
Church Urban Fund supporting the Terminus Café in Sheffield
Mission to Seafarers supporting the chaplaincy at Portbury Docks
Our Local Partners
Trinity Anglican-Methodist School & St Peter’s Church of England School helping provide RE and pastoral resources for our two church schools.
Relate Avon seeking to establish a local outpost to support relationships and family like
St Peter’s Hospice, our local hospice supporting those with life limiting illnesses.
The Portishead Lifeboat that helps keep our coastal waters safe
Woodspring Deposit Guarantee Board helping local homeless find a home.
As part of our stewardship campaign we aim to use 10% of our planned giving income to build and develop these partnership links and so to enrich the life of our church community. 50% of that allocation will be shared with three overseas organisations including our new parish link. 25% of that allocation will be used with two national partners and 25% will be used with five local partners.
We also have active local committees supporting the work of Christian Aid and the Children’s Society. Members of churches across town help with collections during Christian Aid Week and we hold three Christingle Services just before Christmas to support the work of the Children’s Society. Our Christmas Eve Crib and Toy services send toys to support families escaping domestic violence at the local women’s refuge.