The Missions Committee's main purpose is to be responsible for the allocation of the Church's charitable giving. It manages a budget of around £15,000 per year, derived partly from general church income and partly from fundraising schemes and events organised by the Committee itself, such as the Christmas Fair.
Our aim is to give a tenth of our income (a tithe) to support the work of various missionary and charitable organisations working in the UK and overseas.
We see this as a practical way of demonstrating the gospel imperative to love our neighbours as ourselves.
We have recently supported the following organisations.
South African Church Development Association
Delhi Brotherhood Society
Palestinian Orphanage at Bethany via McCabe Educational Trust
Christian Solidarity Worldwide
Compassion - El Salvador Child Sponsorship
Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture
In the UK, we supported the following local and national organisations and charities -
East Herts YMCA, Bishops Stortford
Holy Cross Centre Trust, Kings Cross
Boys Brigade, Bishops Stortford
Holiday Bible Week, Bishops Stortford
Stort Valley Schools Trust
Vale House, Hertford
CPAS Falcon Camps
Huw Johnson Club
Grove Cottage, Bishops Stortford
Michael Roberts Charitable Trust, Harlow
CHASTE - Churches Alert to Sex Trafficking across Europe
Portland Child Contact Centre, Bishops Stortford
East Anglia's Children's Hospices
Cornerstone Trust, Harlow
St Albans Diocesan Board of Finance
Sick Childrens Trust Addenbrooke's Cambridge