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How we partner with individuals and organisations in mission.

It would be a wonderful thing to see all congregation members at St Phil's personally involved in missions in addition to our own Church ministries.

Our aim as a church is to support missions which are working in different areas, addressing appropriate needs.

Ministries in the Word of God: Church pastors, Scripture in schools, University student ministry, Theological education, Regional ministry. Helping those less fortunate than ourselves: Poverty, Homelessness, Building hospitals, AIDS education.

We feature one of our missions each month, channelling funds raised to that particular ministry. We share in many different ways such as videos, prayer points and visitors from that particular mission.

‘Coins for cakes’ is held on the first Sunday of each month (except during Covid). At the endof the year the amount received is directed to areas needing additional funding.

Several years ago, we changed to a new model for giving so more people could be actively involved. Whereas we used to donate a percentage of our total offertories, now we only budget for our CMS missionaries (CMS is the key mission agency for the Sydney Anglican Diocese). For all other missions, we fundraise each month and encourage personal giving where possible. To our delight we have seen an increase in the overall financial support for missions.

In 2019, the total given to missions exceeded $90,000, not including undisclosed personal giving amounts to organisations. Only around $45,000 of this was directly through our church accounts.

Read on as we outline each mission agency, how we support them and how we have financially supported them over the past year.

  • Pray for these mission regularly
  • Subscribe personally to their emails, if possible
  • See if you are able to form a personal relationship with them

You can always give through the Church, but donating directly to missions quite often brings a deeper commitment.

It may seem, when reviewing our budget, that St Phil's doesn't give much to missions. However, many Church members give generously year after year and we will never know how much. But we do know that it is happening! If you are one of these people, I want to thank you for being such a great example of thoughtful and generous support to folk who have gone to share the Good News with others.

Bruce Stanley, Rector.

Local Missions

Scripture in Schools, Special Religious Education (SRE)

SRE in Eastwood Public School

  • Type of mission work: teaching the bible
  • Financial support in 2019: $3,403
  • Contact person: Jason Smith

We send a team of six teachers to teach the Bible to students from Kindergarten to year six at our local public school. A 30 minute lesson once a week.

SRE in Marsden High School

  • Type of mission work: teaching the bible
  • Financial support in 2019: $3,500
  • Contact person: Yvonne Hall

We financially support a three day per week position to teach the Bible to students in years seven to ten at Marsden High School. They also run a lunchtime group. Our Church is represented on the board overseeing the teaching material and employment of the teacher.

In the Community

Christian Community Aid (CCA)

  • Type of mission work: social work, financial assistance
  • Financial support in 2019: $1,903
  • Contact person: Mike Lum
  • Website: www.ccas.org.au

CCA have been a part of the Eastwood community since 1965. They assist people in need in our local community, especially the elderly and youth. They have a large network of volunteers and some of our church members volunteer with the work they do.

Anglicare

  • Type of mission work: social work, financial assistance
  • Financial support in 2019: approximately $2,430 plus donations of food and toys
  • Contact person: Peter Forbes
  • Website: www.anglicare.org.au

Anglicare was an organisation originally established by the Sydney Anglican Diocese in 1888. They are now a nation wide organisation who assist people in need in our communities. Every year, we support the Winter Appeal and the Christmas Toys and Tucker appeal, by encouraging members to bring in food and toys and gifts of cash to pass on to Anglicare. They then distribute these to people in need in our local communities in Sydney, Blue Mountains and Illawarra areas.

National Missions

In Remote Communities

Chinese Christian Mission Australia (CCMA)

We financially support the work of CCMA who seek to assist mainly Chinese speakers in regional and rural Australia, by bringing them the gospel. They also produce Biblical study materials in Chinese for the benefit of Christians and Churches. These resources are available in the Church foyer.

Bush Church Aid (BCA)

  • Type of mission work: Bible teaching, pastoral
  • Financial support in 2019: $7,698
  • Contact person: Trevor Tattersall
  • Website: www.bushchurchaid.com.au

BCA works in regional and rural communities in Australia, providing bible teachers, pastors and other support networks to those outside of our main cities. They also have significant reach into indigenous communities in Australia.

For the past ten years, we have supported their work among the youth in Darwin. We have supported BCA through the special money box giving ministry since 2005. Money boxes are available for anyone to take home and participate - just add your loose change each week and return them every six months for collection.

Overseas Missions

Serving in Mission (SIM): Malawi, Africa

  • Type of missions work: social work, AIDS education
  • Financial support in 2019: $2,500
  • Contact person: Trevor Strickland
  • Website: www.sim.org.au

We currently support the work of Mike and Jackie Hammond in Malawi, Africa. One of their key areas of involvement is educating children and families about HIV/AIDS, as Malawi has one of the highest rates of AIDS in the world. Previous projects we have supported have included the production of educational materials for children.

Church Mission Society (CMS): South Asia

  • Type of mission work: palliative care, hospital building
  • Financial support in 2019: $14,040
  • Contact person: Ailsa Wareham
  • Website: www.cms.org.au/nswact

We currently support the work of a couple working in South Asia. One is a palliative care doctor, the other is an engineer. They are working with an international fellowship to provide hospital facilities, trained carers and local church support for the community.

Compassion Australia

  • Type of mission work: social work, Bible teaching
  • Financial support in 2019: over $45,000 per year in sponsorship
  • Contact person: Bruce Stanley
  • Website: www.compassion.com.au

Compassion's aim is to release children from poverty in the name of Jesus. To do this, they provide funding to local churches in developing countries, and encourage many different programs, including the provision of schooling, food, and medical provisions for sponsored children.

Sponsoring a Compassion child means that they not only receive the care they need each day, but also receive teaching about Jesus.

St Phil's currently sponsors 78 children all over the world. Around 50 are from Thailand, our main sponsorship area.

Theological Training

Moore Theological College (MTC)

  • Type of work: teaching the Bible
  • Financial support in 2018: $1,250
  • Contact person: Yvonne Hall
  • Website: www.moore.edu.au

Moore College is the primary theological teaching college of the Sydney Anglican Diocese, although people form all over the world study there. The college is located in Newtown. Most of the clergy in the Sydney obtained their theological qualifications through Moore.

Other Missions Support

From time to time, opportunities arise for us to support other missions. These are not as high in profile as our main missions support areas, but they are important and valuable opportunities. As a church however, we only have the capacity to fully support a limited number of missions. However when opportunities come along, we do what we can to assist.

Young Life (YL): Ride

Young Life is a local mission reaching out to youth in our immediate area. Young Life seeks to connect with youth in the community, especially those at risk, then connect them where possible with local churches in the area. We support Young Life by encouraging members to give directly to their work, or by sponsoring children for their annual camps.

Oversees Mission Foundation (OMF): Taiwan

Peter and Mandy Denham are serving with OMF in Taiwan. They are involved in local church ministries and community building.

Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship: New Zealand

  • Type of mission work: student university ministry
  • Contact person: Raymond Leung
  • Website: www.tscf.org.nz

Candy Grice is involved in ministry in the university among students, many of whom are Chinese speakers.

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