OUTREACH AND MISSION
“A new command I give you: Love
one another. As I have loved you,
so you must love one another.”
We endeavour to reach out beyond the parish boundaries to remind us that we are part of the world-wide Church.
We actively support the work and campaigns of Christian Aid, USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) and the Tiyanjane Clinic for patients with HIV/Aids in Malawi and A Rocha.
An important local commitment is our support for the Otley Christian Resources Hub - providing a wide range of resources and support enabling local parishes to celebrate, encourage, affirm and develop their work with children and young people.
Three times a year we donate the profit from Sunday morning coffee to a wide variety of charities with either an overseas, local or UK focus. Recent recipients have been the St Gemma's Hospice, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Autism
Research, Medicins sans Frontieres, Freedom from Torture and Toilet Twinning.
We also have strong links with Climate Action Menston. They are a group of Menston residents who first got together in May 2019 out of concern for the climate emergency. Their aim is to take practical actions in the local area to raise awareness, to improve our local environment and to strive for carbon neutrality.
During October the outreach group were asked to make recommendations to PCC about St John’s mission giving. After considerable deliberation, we put forward the following proposals :
Continue our support for USPG (60%);
The Tyanjane Clinic in Malawi (20%),
Christian Aid (10%), and
A Rocha ( the Christian environmental charity that runs the Eco church award scheme amongst other activities) (10%) .
We were pleased that PCC decided to follow our recommendations and allocated £5,000 for the giving. This is a really powerful statement that, despite demands on funds here, we are willing to be generous to those in need around the world and particularly for those being impacted by climate change.
For more information about the particular organisations, please see these websites:
The Outreach Team - Jan, Jane, Marilyn and Iris.