"MISSION IS ALWAYS ABOUT THE HEART. It is connecting the heart of God - loving, endlessly giving, broken by sin on the cross of Christ - with the heart of human beings - self-obsessed, self-deceived, a heart of stone. When the Word of God touches the human heart it becomes a heart of flesh. And the first commitment of all our mission endeavour must be to do what we can to make that encounter possible; the encounter in which the human heart is broken and restored by Jesus Christ."
Archbishop Rowan Williams
(from a Partnership for world mission St Andrew's Tide leaflet)
.... of the Mission Circle is to witness to God's saving love, by coming alongside others wherever they are and whatever their need; and to support and be challenged by the worldwide church.
Yatton Moor has had a link with the PARISH OF KABWE in Zambia for many years. This link has been strengthened in recent years with Yatton Moor funding the building of a much-needed Priest's house in Kabwe.
Our parish has also contributed to the building of another priest's house in the parish of Chalata, also in Zambia.
Peter and Mary Kesby visited Kabwe in June 2006 further strengthening the link.
Bishop Derek Kamakwamba, the Bishop of Central Diocese of Zambia has visited Yatton Moor several times.
It has long been a policy of the parish to give away 5% of its regular, unrestricted income donations to good causes, known as 'mission giving'.
In 2020 we gave away a total of £6200, shared between 12 groups.
This year the money was divided roughly equally between causes near to home (on the right), and those further away (on the left).
Many of these groups and causes will be familiar to you, but let's introduce the Hope Christian Trust, a charity supporting communities in Israel and disputed territories, especially via Bethlehem Bible college. John and Janet Angle are trustees of this charity, and commended it to our attention after John joined the clergy team.
Sisters of the Church run a food bank in St Pauls, Bristol, supporting at least 250 people each week with practical help and companionship. In previous years we have collected food donations for them, delivered by Allan and Diane Attwood. This year we have switched to making a cash donation, because of the disruption of the pandemic. At the same time we have started supporting Clevedon Food bank, which also has a weekly link with Yatton.
In 2021 we plan to refresh our giving plans, and there will be an opportunity to have your say. Thank you to all who give to the church: in this way you are also providing significant funds for a range of causes reflecting the breadth of God’s work in the world – let’s call it 'mission'.
Mission Coordinator: Sue Thomas