Mission Partners

We are one church in a global community of churches.  At St Michael’s we have links with a number of churches and individuals in the UK and around the world. They include:

Dan and Sarah Cook

The Cooks moved from London to Bacup in Lancashire. They are serving in two churches, Christchurch and Holy Trinity, where Dan is the new ‘Pioneer Curate’.There are significant challenges to ministering in Bacup – 3 of the 4 Anglican buildings have been closed in the last 10 years, and the church community that remains have not been adequately engaging in the local community where there are major issues of deprivation, unemployment and addiction. Dan’s main role is to encourage and equip the church for mission, finding new ways for it to communicate the love of Jesus to a town that desperately needs it.

Together Sarah and Dan have a passion for building community so that people can encounter Jesus, they love laughing, sport, and arguing over who is better at table tennis.

Sarah works as an Assistant Producer for BBC Sport at MediaCity in Salford (but still needs to ask Dan about football).

John and Angela Field

John has spent most of his working years as a consultant in transport infrastructure in many countries around the world. Angela has travelled some of the time with him and is now retired from general practice and hence they are now free to live abroad.

In 2007 John was offered work in Serbia for 6 months. A new job came up in late 2008, again in Serbia, although travelling around the Balkans. At the same time some ex-pats started the International Christian Fellowship, Belgrade, (ICF) and they are both involved in different ways with the church. They are resident in Belgrade although John still gets some consultancy work that can take him travelling!

Angela helps run a Community Bible Study group with expat ladies from several countries and a number of Serbians who speak English. She also helps plan the programmes for the weekly ICF Sunday services and enjoys having visitors for meals or to stay, which takes up quite a bit of her time.

John meets with some men and preaches regularly at ICF. He provides help as adviser to the Serbian Evangelical Alliance and as Honorary President and advisor to an NGO helping young adults with learning difficulties.  He is involved in a number of initiatives aimed at building links with the Orthodox Church.

Andrew and Liz Parker

Andrew and Liz moved to South Africa in late 2004 so that Andrew could train as a pilot, believing that God was calling them to work for MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship). After qualifying, he worked as a flight instructor for 2 years to gain experience. In 2009, Andrew began work as a MAF pilot in Tanzania and they are now based in Uganda. MAF is a Christian missionary organisation that seeks to bring practical assistance and spiritual hope to people in isolated communities, flying Christian, NGO and medical workers to areas of need.

Liz is now a full-time mum and home-school teacher.  Their 3 children enjoy friendships within a small international community and Esther and Ben are being home-schooled by Liz.

www.maf-uk.org

Lucy McCray

Lucy grew up moving around the world, mostly between the US and the UK, but also spent time in the Middle East and Malaysia, with her parents, Mary and Jeff, and her siblings Alden and Margaret. After finishing school in 2010 she went to the University of Edinburgh and studied English Literature and History. During that time she became increasingly involved in anti-trafficking and human rights work, including the work of International Justice Mission (IJM). She was fortunate enough to complete an internship with them at the headquarters office in Washington, DC in the summer of 2013.

Lucy is currently working for IJM in Chiang Mai, Thailand. IJM is a Christian NGO that partners with nationals to help rescue and rehabilitate victims of violent oppression while also holding the perpetrators accountable under national laws, and seeking oppression while also holding the perpetrators accountable under national laws, and seeking to structurally transform justice systems to prove that justice for the poor is possible. Lucy will be working on communications, writing stories and updates on the casework in Thailand, which focuses on child sexual assault cases and providing hill tribe people their due citizenship rights.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief exists to raise awareness and the profile of international freedom of religion or belief as a human right among Parliamentarians, media, government and the general public in the UK, and to increase the effectiveness of the UK’s contribution to international institutions charged with enforcing this human right. Elizabeth Berridge as a member of St Michael’s is a Christian voice in the House of Lords. 

“An estimated 76 per cent of the world’s population live in countries with high levels of government restrictions on freedom of religion or belief, or where they face high-level hostility due to their religious affiliations, and this figure is rising. That’s why I initiated this APPG – it’s time to act, and for Parliamentarians to take a lead.”
Baroness Berridge of the Vale of Catmose

St Barnabas Church Homerton, London E9

Once a poor white working class part of London, Homerton is now more mixed. There is still a lot of poverty, but some of the streets are becoming gentrified. It is very multi-ethnic and diverse church.

On Sunday mornings they have around 80 adults at worship, and 30 young people.  Kids Club caters for 3 – 11s on Sunday morning and Pathfinders for  teenagers. There is a monthly group for men (‘Meat for Men’) and for women (‘Wonderful Women’).  A morning and an evening Home Group meet weekly. They also run a Christianity Explored course each autumn.

Rev Clive Main has been the Rector since 2012, assisted by two Readers. The church supports Ben and Katy Ray, CMS mission partners in Iringa, Tanzania, where they direct the Neema Crafts Project.

www.hackneymarshteam.org.uk

St Michael’s School, Kilolo, Tanzania

St Michael School, Kilolo, is an Anglican secondary school within the Diocese of Ruaha in Tanzania situated 35km south east of Iringa at an altitude of 6,200 feet above sea level. It is open to students of all religious denominations. The school opened in 2005 as a project with the charity Soapbox. Its development was the inspiration of Bishop Donald Mtetemela, first Bishop of Ruaha who had a vision for a secondary school which would give the people a future.

St Michael’s attracts pupils from far and wide and has continued to expand with continued support from visits by Soapbox. The school has gone from strength to strength and now numbers nearly 400 students. Despite only having been open for 6 years, it now ranks within the top 15% of schools nationally in Tanzania.

The Vicar at St Michael’s church Kilolo is Rev. Joshua Mkoga.

The headmaster of the school is Philip Magawa.

The Gate, Westminster Crisis Pregnancy Centre

The vision of The Gate is to be a non-judgemental, compassionate and confidential support centre; to inform and promote well-being by coming alongside those facing an unplanned pregnancy and those struggling following termination or baby loss.

Whilst holding the sanctity of life as paramount, we aim to give our clients the time and the space to discuss all their options regarding their individual situations, ensuring we provide up to date and evidence-based information within an ethos of care, compassion and respect. A trained adviser will meet with each unplanned pregnancy client for as long as the client needs.

We have good relationships with various NHS professionals, staff at educational establishments and church pastoral staff; all of whom refer people to us. The Gate is managed by Fiona Baikie who has performed the role of Centre Manager for two years. If you would like to discuss any aspect of The Gate, receive the termly Newsletter or find out more about volunteering for the charity, please do get in contact with Fiona.

www.thegatewestminster.org

London City Mission

With courage, compassion and commitment, our mission team share Jesus across London – with those living in poverty, on the margins of society or from different faith groups. We develop long-term, meaningful relationships with people from all backgrounds, sharing the life-changing gospel and practical love.

We are committed to serving the church; working in partnership with churches across London so more of the least reached can hear the gospel.

www.lcm.org.uk

CPAS (Church Pastoral Aid Society)

CPAS became the patron of St Michael’s in September 2017. As well as offering prayerful support and leadership development events for all its patronage churches, as our patron CPAS will also be responsible for the nomination of future incumbents, supporting the church through the vacancy and recruitment process.

As an Anglican evangelical mission agency, CPAS’s vision since its foundation in 1836 has been to enable local churches across the UK and Republic of Ireland to help every person hear and discover the good news of Jesus Christ.

www.cpas.org.uk

Pimlico Foundation

The Pimlico Foundation is a Christian charity formed in January 2015 in partnership with Scripture Union, with the aim of creating positive futures for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds living in Pimlico.

We currently work in three primary and secondary schools in Pimlico providing lunchtime support as well as small group and one-to-one mentoring. We also run holiday clubs, after-school clubs and football sessions and train volunteers to mentor young people outside of school.

Our most popular service is Hot Chocolate Thursdays where we serve hot drinks to over 140 children, teens, and parents every Thursday in Churchill Gardens estate on their way home from school.

www.outbreak.org.uk

Sam Banner, Ordinand at Ridley Hall, Cambridge

Sam was a Ministry Trainee at St Michael’s from 2015-2017 and stayed on a further year as Youth Pastor, whilst going through the Church of England’s Discernment Process. He is in his first year of three at Ridley Hall, Cambridge.

Sam is studying for the Cambridge BA in Theology. This involves being part of a Cambridge college, Peterhouse in this instance. This year he is sitting four papers: Beginner Greek, Israel and Exile, Paul and His Letters and Great Christian Theologians. Alongside these studies there is much formation at Ridley – through ‘Emmaus’ seminars on a Friday morning; weekly fellowship groups; working in staircase groups to take it in turns to serve the college community physically and spiritually; and placements. Sam’s weekly placement is at Peterhouse Chapel, which is a great community at the heart of the college and, along with the Boat Club and the CU, is a great way to get to know people at Peterhouse.

James & Katie Forward, Ordinand at Oak Hill 

James worked for the church for two years as a Ministry trainee during which time he met and married and dragged Katie away to a theological college.

James is currently training for ordination in the Church of England at Oak Hill Theological College in North London. He is halfway through a three-year degree in theological and pastoral studies. Katie is training to be a teacher at a local primary school.

David & Olivia Simpson, Ordinand at Oak Hill 

David and Olivia met at university in St Andrews and married in 2012 after Olivia graduated.

David is doing two years of full time Theological Training at Oak Hill College and is applying himself to NT Greek and a host of other stimulating modules. The family are worshipping at a wonderful church called Christ Church in Potters Bar, where Olivia is getting thoroughly involved. Hepzibah has just started school, also in Potters Bar.

 

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