St Philip’s sets aside ten percent of all its income from individual giving plus associated Gift Aid reclaimed, and from fees earned. This sum (about £7,000 per annum), is allocated to several Mission Partners, with whom we try to establish and maintain long term relationships. Our current Mission Partners are:
Andrea and Andrew Young, through CMS (Nepal). They are an experienced couple, and the second time they have lived there. Most of their work is facilitating the work of others in the field.
Israel & Michele Neale, in remote NE Australia, through Ministry Aviation Fellowship (MAF). Israel pilots small aircraft to otherwise inaccessible places taking missionaries, doctors, medical supplies and acting as an air ambulance.
Compassion is an organisation to help children in the poorest societies. The Sunday school (SPLASH) keep in touch with letters. We currently support 16 years old Pingwendé in Burkina Faso, and, more recently, Anik Das, an 8 years old who lives in Bangladesh.
Open Doors is a large, well known organisation supporting persecuted Christians in many countries. They provide not only hope and spiritual support by their contact, prayer and supply of bibles, but practical support in terms of basic survival kits, for example to refugees in Syria and Lebanon.
Save the Family, an organisation to house and to help families who have become homeless for whatever reason. Headquartered at nearby Cotton Hall Farm, Save the Family also enable their residents to obtain basic life skills to thrive in society.
Chester Schools Christian Work (“CSCW”) is a Christian education body working in Chester area schools. Its employees represent the church in schools, promoting personal and spiritual development from a Christian perspective. They help teenagers tackle modern problems such as the dangers on social media.
Tarporley Hospital is a much valued local hospital, used mainly for recuperative and respite care, which is continuing to experiencing a major financial underfunding from the NHS.
L’Arche, Flintshire is an embryonic community project based on the original model in Canada. In L'Arche, people who have intellectual disabilities and those who come to assist share life and daytime activities together in family-like settings that are integrated into local neighbourhoods.
National Disaster Relief Appeal, when one happens – the last ones supported were for famine relief in Yemen and East Africa.
Young Persons Bursary, awarded periodically to local youngsters doing something special or to travel to perform charity work. Last year one was awarded to Erin Spray, the youngest person to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats for a charitable cause.
Each charity has a link person, a ‘champion’, whose role is to facilitate communication, raise awareness, pray, and organise periodic (every 2 years or so) visits from a representative. We always need more volunteers. And we seek suggestions for new charities, although we tend to make long term commitments, so changes are few. Contact John Diggle 752608 for more information.