Mission in Britain, Winter Grants Announced
22 February 2017
Details of the successful applications for the
Mission in Britain Fund winter grants round have been announced. In
this recent round, over £800,000 has been granted to churches and
Christian organisations across England, Wales and Scotland to help
fund worship and mission focused projects.
The Mission in Britain Fund is supported by
gifts from the Methodist people. Grants are offered to projects
dealing with poverty and justice, missional opportunities at
Methodist heritage sites, chaplaincy, using church properties to
serve communities and sharing the gospel with those of all
Julian Bond, Grants Team Leader, commented, "We are very grateful
to those who have contributed to the fund and enabled the Church to
fulfil its calling in our communities. Mission in Britain is
vital to help us grow the Church by supporting new ideas and
enabling projects to flourish.
"We are keen to hear from those who want to turn their callings
and gifts into reality and I would encourage anyone considering
applying for a grant to talk to us early about their
The next round of applications for grants
under £50k takes place in March and then again in May. The next
deadline for grants over £50k is in October.
Hermira Nelson-Okrafor, Fundraising Manager,
commented, "In order to support such wonderful projects around the
Connexion we need local churches and individuals to continue to
give generously to our Mission in Britain Fund. The fund
supports Methodist Action against Poverty and Justice (MAPJ)
projects such as debt centres and mission cafes across the UK.
Without this financial support, we would not be able to finance
these projects that are vital in the life of the church. "
To find out how you can give to these kinds of projects visit www.methodist.org.uk/mission/mission-in-britain
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 0207 467 3532
You can also sign up to the One Mission
Matters magazine to keep up to date with fundraising news.
More information about grants, including application and donation
details, can be found on the Methodist Church website (www.methodist.org.uk) under
Grants awarded in January
Chaplaincy to New Housing Developments in Wantage and
To establish a visible Christian presence in an area of newly
built housing. With many new arrivals, including those unchurched,
the new ministry will reach out to people in their everyday lives,
listening non-judgmentally and without pressure.
Based in one of the most deprived wards in the South West of
England, this new centre will enable the circuit to offer shelter,
sanctuary and support to the homeless, vulnerable and excluded. The
centre provides a prayer space for staff and guests to share in
organised or personal prayers.
Heritage Open Doors -
A Heritage and Mission Development Officer will help the
congregation develop new mission opportunities based on the
heritage of Methodism in Oxford. The project will engage the
congregation, recruiting and training volunteers to welcome
visitors. The grant will also enable research into the Methodist
heritage of Oxford with displays and audio guides. The project will
also feature a new web presence.
Youth Outreach Worker -
To expand chaplaincy at Stamford Sixth Form College. A Youth
Outreach Worker to be responsible for chaplaincy across the College
and offer five-day contact throughout the school year. The position
will offer pastoral care to individual students and staff,
particularly those in crisis, as well as marking seasonal events
such as Christmas, Easter and Remembrance Day and welcoming new
Christians Against Poverty Debt Centre
- Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield
To employ a new member of staff to reach more people struggling
with unmanageable debt. Linked with local churches, to support
those struggling with their finances who are unable to move forward
on their own and be released from the anxiety of debt.
Ministry at Work -
To support this ecumenical charity involved in mission to the
wider business community. Answering God's call to respond to the
needs of individuals in business, especially where those are not
being met through established church structures.
Supporting young adults in faith and discipleship during the
transition from further education to university. The project will
connect them to student groups, churches and chaplaincy communities
in their university town or city and to a national community of
Christian students through regional and national events, and online
Chaplain for Zimbabwean Methodist
The grant will help Methodist Church Zimbabwe Fellowship (MCZF) UK
fulfil their mission of serving members of the Methodist Church who
are of Zimbabwean origin and support them in integrating into the
Methodist Church in Great Britain and participate in the life of
Women Breaking Free, Touchstone -
Supporting women survivors of childhood sexual abuse. This project
is a response to the Past Cases Review priority of addressing
survivor needs with sustained and continuing support for
Birmingham District University
This project continues successful coordination of chaplaincy
across universities in Birmingham District.