The Chapel supports five organisations corporately. The choice of four of these are reviewed every three years and are championed by a member(s) who have a strong association with that cause. The fifth is the Sierra Leone Mission, which is part of the Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion, and represents a long standing link with that country. In addition, members support personally a wide range of different missions.
From time to time The Chapel helps individuals or projects with which we have a direct link, or where a need has been brought to our attention. Currently, we are pleased to include Simon Hales, a member of our fellowship, working with YWAM.
Open Doors is an international ministry started by Brother Andrew in 1955. It now serves persecuted Christians worldwide, supplying bibles, leadership training, literacy programmes, advocacy services and practical aid where appropriate. Our link is Rob Shotliff. www.opendoorsuk.org
Helping Hand Foundation, Bulgaria HHF was set up in 2005 by Christian believers in Dobrich, eastern Bulgaria. It aims to provide care and education for disadvantaged children, and to alleviate poverty and homelessness. It runs “The Shelter”, a transition home with support for six homeless men. This includes medical treatment, skills development towards employment and other appropriate assistance. The project is looking to acquire a small holding where residents can create a sustainable community. Our link is Dave Turner. www.hhf.bg
Together in Mission TiM represents Christians in the local community who wish to serve their neighbours in a practical way. It was initiated by Malcolm Duncan in 2007 and, following a 4,000 plus household survey in 2010, a number of projects/services were established. Core services are a community café (Café B), a befriending service, and School Pastors at a local secondary school. TiM is a registered charity and not for profit company. Our links are Brian and Brenda Baldwin and Charles and Bev French. [email protected]
Mortimer and Burghfield Food Bank This is a local Churches Together initiative to provide food to those in need locally at times of crisis. It is run in association with Readifood (Reading’s Food Bank). The coordinator is Allan Meakin of Mortimer Methodist church. Our link is John Matthews. Contact number for the food bank is 07770 56 56 25.
Sierra Leone Mission The SLM supports churches and primary schools in a sister organisation, the Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion, Sierra Leone. It also supports the work of a newly established home for street children and orphans, Bethesda.
The link with Sierra Leone goes back to the late 18th century, when freed slaves from North America were resettled in Freetown. Many had become Christians in the New World and some described themselves as Huntingdonians. Churches in the UK Connexion have often supported a particular SL church or school. We, at the Chapel, have a special link with Mortimer West School at Magbafti, and have supported a variety of projects there. A legacy helps the work. Links Brian and Brenda Baldwin. www.sierraleonemission.org.uk