Following the example of Jesus, we seek to bring healing and wholeness to people locally and globally, through giving, volunteering and raising awareness of the causes of poverty and inequality.
As well as responding to emergency situations and appeals, we partner with a number of charities every year. Our current partners are:
- Baptist Missionary Society
- Christian Aid
- Fairtrade - Traidcraft
- Leprosy Mission
- Matthew Tree Project
- Operation Agri
- WEBA Christmas Boxes
Currently - September our mission focus is -
WEBnet Christmas Boxes
We begin to think about Christmas!
Previously we have supported this partnership with the small Baptist Union in Albania. In answer to their practical needs we alongside other Baptist churches in the region have prepared, filled, wrapped shoeboxes full of Christmas gifts for children. Volunteers have then transported them to Albania.
Covid-19 means that this year there is even more of a need for the WEBoxes, but running the project as normal isn't feasible. This year the partnership will be buying the gifts in Albania and giving them to the children in gift bags. This not only should minimise Covid-19 contact points, but also is more environmentally friendly and invests in the Albanian economy.
So, how will it work? It's suggesting that a WEBag of gifts will probably cost between £12-£15 and we are asking people to donate this amount - there will be the opportunity for people to send in messages electronically, which we can then be printed and put into the bags.
If you can gift aid then please do donate through the designated giving page
Or you can give direct to the following bank account:
Account name: West of England Baptist Association sort code: 40-52-40 account number: 00006162 Please put the reference: WEBOX when making the payment direct to the bank account.
Our other mission partners:
Baptist Missionary Society (BMS)
BMS works among some of the most marginalised and least evangelised people, in some of the most fragile places on earth. They aim to bring life in all its fullness through seven key ministries: church, development, education, health, justice, leadership and relief.
We support BMS and pray for our two link missionary families in Uganda.
Christian Aid aims to
• expose poverty throughout the world
• help in practical ways to end it
• highlight, challenge and change the structures and systems that favour the rich and powerful over the poor and marginalised.
We support Christian Aid week each year.
Fairtrade - Traidcraft
As well as using Fairtrade tea and coffee at Church, we also support Fairtrade Fortnight with extra sales and fundraisers for Traidcraft. Traidcraft are passionate about fair trade, advocating the importance of organic farming, sustainability, and fair livelihoods for growers and artisans in the global south.
The Leprosy Mission
The Leprosy Mission is a global Christian organisation leading the fight against leprosy, empowering people to attain healing, dignity and life in all its fullness. No one should suffer because of a preventable and treatable disease. The charity works with people of all faiths and none to defeat leprosy and transform the lives of people affected.
Operation Agri supports sustainable development work such as agricultural centres to assist farmers, and irrigation schemes for rural communities. OA also supports projects that bring lasting improvement to people’s lives, such as basic health clinics, and women’s empowerment groups in urban slums.
We support the Matthew Tree Project over the summer when need is highest as there are no free school meals provided. The Matthew Tree Project strives to empower and support people in Bristol who have fallen into crisis, through food provision, training and continuing support.