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. Click here for the complete Mission Partners Booklet 2020 or read on!

John and Angela Field

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 (ICF), Belgrade, and from the beginning they have been involved in various ways.

Angela helps lead a Bible Study group (CBS Europe) in English for ex-pat ladies and Serbians who speak good English. They enjoy having visitors for meals or to stay, so this takes up quite a bit of her time. John meets with some men and preaches regularly at ICF. They are both part of the leadership team at ICF.

John is Honorary President and advisor to an NGO helping young adults with learning difficulties. He is involved in some initiatives aimed at building links with the Orthodox Church. Because of their contacts they are often invited to share in Christian prayer gatherings and conferences in the region. Since September 2018 ICF has seen significant growth with a number of new couples coming to work in Serbia. The Sunday school now has over 30 children and two groups have now been formed. ICF has just started a men’s Bible study group Saturday mornings. Angela helps lead a CBSI interchurch group for ladies in English.

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).

Jelena Vilotijevic

After two years working for St Michael’s, Jelena returned to Montenegro to be a staff worker for EUS Montenegro (IFES) in the Autumn of 2019.

Whilst at St Michael’s, Jelena was a ministry trainee undertaking courses in Biblical counselling and Bible teaching.

In Montenegro, she provides pastoral and biblical support to women and university and high school students, seeking to share the good news of Jesus.
Her time is spent preparing and giving Bible talks, Bible studies, inviting students to Conversation clubs, mentoring and helping run camps. She has started counselling and her desire is to help young people, particularly women, learn the importance of burden bearing and seeking Christ as their Lord and comfort in struggles they are facing. She works in three locations – Niksic, Podgorica and Kotor – and supports the children’s work in her local church in its pioneering phase.

Her desire is to use her gifting in drama to share the gospel, but also all the new skills she developed while at St Michael’s: specifically running Alpha and kids’ programs. She also loves playing sports, especially basketball.

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. After 4 years, they moved to South Sudan, continuing to work for MAF in this new country.

When renewed fighting erupted in Juba in 2016 the Parkers were evacuated to Nairobi in Kenya and they continued to serve with the MAF team based in Nairobi until December 2016. In mid-December 2016 the family moved to Kampala in Uganda and are now part of the MAF Uganda team.

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 her Master’s in International Development in 2015, she moved to Thailand to work with IJM in Chiang Mai, focusing on communications and connecting the Thai office with the office in Washington, DC. After two years with IJM, Lucy transitioned to a position with The Freedom Story, in Chiang Rai, Thailand in 2017 and is now the Director of Strategy there, helping to measure impact, communicate with supporters, and direct strategy for the next few years.

The Freedom Story prevents child trafficking and exploitation through culturally relevant programs for at-risk children. Lucy will be in charge of facilitating communications between the Thai office and the US office, conducting research and data collection on program implementation, management of volunteers, fundraising, and collecting stories from the field. After 10 years of successful programming, The Freedom Story is hoping to expand its reach throughout Chiang Rai province, and is opening a second location in Nan province, to continue to meet the needs of people who are at-risk.

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 we have around 70 adults at worship, and 20 young people. Kids Club caters for 3 – 11s on Sunday morning and Pathfinders for teenagers.
A monthly group for men meets regularly. There are two weekday Home Groups (one morning, one evening). We run a Marriage Preparation Course each January (15 couples registered): another is planned for May.

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

As a church we have supported St Michael’s School from its earliest days, and visited on several occasions to spend time with pupils and staff. In recognition of the school’s founding purpose – to give an education for children who would not otherwise have the opportunity – we are currently providing full bursaries for 6 girls and 2 boys, covering their school fees and accommodation. Without sponsorship these young people, especially the girls, would find it difficult to remain in education.

It is our prayer that their years at St Michael’s School will grow them in knowledge and a living faith in Jesus, and that they will become people with the skills and the heart to make a difference to their communities.

Recently we have also contributed to the building of improved living quarters at the school.

www.davidtilley.org/projects/st-michael-school

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 three 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.

Almost 800 people have contacted The Gate since we opened in 2006, and our hope is that we will continue to have the resources available to help more people, in the years ahead.

www.thegatewestminster.org

London City Mission

London City Mission has a particular focus on helping take the good news to the least reached – those living in poverty, on the margins of society or from different faith groups.

We encourage developing long-term, meaningful relationships with people from all backgrounds, sharing the life-changing gospel and practical love. Our missionaries are involved in both direct ministry to the least-reached parts of society, and also by galvanising local churches in their mission- walking alongside churches to offer training, prayer, expertise in particular areas of ministry, helping strengthen local links and networks.

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 patron CPAS has been supporting the church through its vacancy and the recruitment process for the appointment of the new vicar in 2019/20.
Our latest diocesan training programme, Flourish, began in November. This is a new two-year-long programme from CPAS and LICC which is being run initially in the Diocese of Gloucester. It is a change programme which aims to develop the courage, confidence and competence of the gathered church in mission and sharing faith, enabling Christians to flourish in their scattered ‘Monday to Saturday’ lives as followers of 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 4 primary schools and a secondary school 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 200 children, teens, and parents every Thursday in Churchill Gardens estate on their way home from school! Games are set up for children of all ages while café chairs and tables are provided for parents to relax and catch up.

www.outbreak.org.uk

 

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