Mission is central to all we do at St John’s. We want to reach out to people both in our own community and to those across the world with the love of Jesus. We are privileged to share not only our financial resources, but also the joy that we experience, according to Jesus’ principle that “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” If you wish to give to any of the following causes, please read A Giving Church or contact the office
Fareham and Gosport Basics Bank provides practical support for any in crisis (food, toiletries, some clothing) in a welcoming, caring environment where each person is valued and respected as an individual. We seek to encourage and assist homeless people in their search for accommodation and work in partnership with other local organisations, both statutory and voluntary, to improve facilities of the homeless and other people in need in this area.
Our links with St Matthew’s, Awaso, our link parish in Ghana, remain very strong. We have been able to give much support to Fr Joseph and to his congregation and we have enjoyed visiting each other’s churches and neighbourhoods.
The St George Foundation was set up in 2004 as a result of an aid visit to Sierra Leone. Children of various ages (mostly war orphans) were found living off their own wits, totally unloved and uncared for by anyone. In order to survive, the children would live off scraps which they would either beg or steal. Boys would be involved in all kinds of petty crime, while the girls would sell their bodies to get by. The community around them had come to see them as a nuisance losing sympathy, and shunning them into a life of misery.
What began in May 2004 as a street child feeding programme, has evolved over the last few years into a complete charitable organisation. Providing for each child’s medical care, schooling, shelter, clothing, feeding, and all other daily requirements. The St George Foundation wants to help more children in Sierra Leone, and aims to provide a decent life for many unfortunate children.
We have recently begun supporting Faith Gordon who is working for CMS in Recife, Brazil. She works with House of Hope, a church-run community project developing business and training programmes that meet the spiritual, social, educational and employment needs of the various slum communities in a holistic and sustainable way. She asks for prayer as she seeks a safe place for the children at House of Hope to play: “They play either in a sand pit that has cat’s faeces or in a sports area to the rear which is sinking into the underlying swamp and so is suffering from subsidence. There is no gate to the play area and so some of the children like to escape into the other parts of the property, which are also unsafe and unsanitary. Please pray that we can find a solution and the funds to cover the cost of making this a safe place for the children to play. I am looking into how we could make a playground from recycled materials.
Following a trip in August 2014 that some members of St John’s made to Bulgaria, we have entered into partnership with the work of the Pink Foundation. The staff at Pink work in several towns in Bulgaria offering training opportunities to young people, thus giving them a chance to fulfil their potential. They also work in conjunction with Young Life who organise camps and projects for young people where they can both hear the Good News of Jesus Christ and put their faith into action.