St. Mary’s Church supports a number of other ministries and charities in prayer and financially as part of its onward giving from our congregation. During the year we hear from and support our chosen charities in all manner of practical ways. This year we are supporting the following:

Barnabus – Bringing Hope to the Homeless of Manchester

For over 25 years Barnabus have provided life-changing support to the homeless. This Christian charity, based in Manchester, offers a lifeline to 600 visiting homeless and vulnerable people each week, many of whom have severe addictions or mental health issues. Barnabus supports their physical, emotional and spiritual needs and do all they can to help the homeless get back into mainstream society and into secure and safe accommodation.

Trafford Youth for Christ

TYC works mainly in Trafford schools, aiding RE departments to deliver quality lessons, in line with the current curriculum, explaining Christian views across a whole host of relevant topics. TYC also regularly attends Christian Unions, lunch-clubs, summer projects and detached youth-work sessions, building quality, long-lasting relationships with young people. TYC seeks to take the Good News of Jesus relevantly to every young person in Trafford regardless of background, religious or political persuasion, prosperity or sexual orientation.

Open Doors

Open Doors supports persecuted Christians worldwide in countries and situations where it is extremely dangerous to profess the Christian faith. Open Doors works in over 60 countries, supplying Bibles, training church leaders, providing practical support and emergency relief, and supporting Christians who suffer for their faith in a whole host of ways. Open Doors is also an advocate for persecuted Christian minorities speaking to Governments across the world. Through this work, persecuted Christians know they are not forgotten and can stand strong to serve their communities giving life and hope to many.

South Trafford Foodbank

Our local foodbank is a project founded and staffed by local churches and community groups, working together to combat poverty and hunger in our local area. The Foodbank believes no one in our community should have to face going hungry as a result of financial hardship. The Foodbank provides three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to the organisation in times of crisis. Our branch of South Trafford Foodbank is housed at The Fuse, Partington and opens once a week. The Foodbank is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust. St. Mary’s Church also contributes towards the cost of housing the Foodbank and regularly collects food and toiletries to replenish its stocks year-round.

Link to Hope

Link to Hope is a Christian charity helping the poorest and most marginalised people in Eastern Europe through education, community development and social work. The charity works year-round with trusted partners in the communities they reach, including community leaders, doctors, schools, churches and local mayors reach those most in need and build lasting connections, aiming to change lives by releasing communities out of poverty. St. Mary’s Church responds to their Christmas shoebox appeal supporting whole families and isolated elderly people. Boxes are given out regardless of religion, colour or creed.

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