Our monthly focus features have a long-established pattern with the aim of highlighting our various links at home and abroad. Each member of the World Mission Group is a link person to one of our charities. 

The link person for each charity can be contacted via the parish office.

World Mission Co-ordinator: Maureen Cawdron

Hannah Spiers (January Focus Month)

Having been brought up in St Luke’s during her teenage years, Hannah really appreciates our continuing interest in her life with the Chemin Neuf community. She found it really moving to be back at St Luke’s for our evening service in March 2022 and stressed how crucial a part our church played in her Christian development. She moved from Hautecombe, Switzerland to New York in September 2021 and is part of a team of four Chemin Neuf members establishing a new ecumenical “Community at the Crossing”, based in the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in Manhattan. There’s a 5 minute video on YouTube in which Hannah features, explaining what The Community at the Crossing is, you can find it in the link below:

https://www.stjohndivine.org/spiritual/community-at-the-crossing

Link Person: Maureen Cawdron

Toybox (March Focus Month)

Toybox is a Christian charity committed to helping children living and working on the streets and those at risk of becoming so, principally in Latin America. Toybox works with children and their families in Guatemala, Bolivia, Peru and El Salvador and Nicaragua. Their work focuses on four areas: rescue, building a future, prevention, and campaigning for change. If you would like any further information you can visit the Toybox website or contact the parish office. Currently St Luke’s are helping with the raising of funds to enable street children to have birth certificates as this is not something they find easy to obtain.

website : https://toybox.org.uk/

Link person: Janette Burridge

Malawi (April Focus Month)

Liz Molyneux is still very active in supporting the work of the children’s hospital in Blantyre, Malawi and our continued financial aid helps to provide essentials for the hospital. We are also assisting medical students to finish their courses by contributing to the cost of their tuition fees. The third dimension to our support is in helping one of their local churches, also called St Luke’s, to flourish and grow.

Link person: Lyn Newsham    

Christian Aid (May Focus Month)

Fighting for a world free of poverty and injustice

website: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/

Link person: Kirsten Sothmann

A Rocha Kenya (June Focus Month)

 

A Rocha is a Christian charity working for the protection and restoration of the natural world. This is their response to the biblical mandate to care for the earth, and a demonstration of the Christian hope for God’s world. They do this through:
– practical involvement in nature conservation projects and ecological research;
– campaigning on biodiversity issues;
– engaging with churches, schools, communities and individuals.
There are 19 A Rocha projects worldwide ranging from Peru to Kenya to New Zealand, and one in the UK at Southall near Heathrow.
St Luke’s has particular links with A Rocha Kenya (ARK) which is led by Colin Jackson. We support a project set up by ARK in 2001 called the Arabuko-Sokoke Schools and Eco-tourism Scheme (ASSETS). The scheme uses money generated from eco-tourism to provide secondary school “eco-bursaries” for local children as secondary school education in Kenya has to be paid for. This encourages local families to look after the Arabuko-Sokoke forest better.

St Luke’s support this project with donations for the jam & chutneys made from St Luke’s grounds produce! We have contributed towards the ASSETS camp – a wonderful time of learning and fun for local students.

Website: https://www.arocha.or.ke/

Link person: Jan Matthews

In Another Place (July Focus Month)

Founded in 2005, we took our name and inspiration from Anthony Gormley’s “Another Place” Iron Men statues at Crosby beach, where our first performances were produced. We continue to work in collaboration with community groups, offering large creative arts projects and smaller specialist groups including our Assembly Team, Gospel Choir, Cardboard Enterprise, Giant Puppet Team, Assembly Ambassadors, and other occasional schools work!

We are:”Christians and community working together inspired by our love for God and the people around us”

We are proud to say that we recently won a Liverpool City Region Tourism Award for small tourism event of the year, for our production of The Alice Experience. Click here to find out more! Once again we want to pass our thanks to everyone who was involved, we would not have won this award without you!

website : https://inanotherplace.com/

Link Person: Annie Spiers

Bishop Alejandro Mesco – Medical Ministry International (September Focus Month)

We in St. Lukes will continue to support our Link partner Alejandro Mesco and his wife Doris as Alejandro ministers as Priest in charge of the Mission St. James the Apostle, just outside Arequipa in Peru and his work at Medical Ministry International.

website : https://www.mmi.org/

Link person: Joyce Fell

Operation Christmas Child (October Focus Month)

Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest children’s project, collecting & distributing shoe boxes of goodies & gifts to needy children in parts of Africa, Central Asia & Eastern Europe, reminding them of God’s love.

website : https://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/

Link persons: Vera de Villiers

Thank you to everyone at St Luke’s church who packed a shoebox  – you can see a selection of stories, photos, videos, and information about each of the nine destination countries & regions by clicking here.

Mary Bunn (November Focus Month)

Mary Bunn has been developing a Palliative Care service in Sierra Leone over the past 5 years, at the university teaching hospital, Connaught, and Ola During Children’s Hospital. Mary continues to support and mentor the team as they seek to provide compassionate care, treat pain and other symptoms, and offer psychological, social and spiritual care to patients with illnesses that cannot be cured.

Link Person: Les Lewney

Message from Mary Bunn

Thank you so much for the donation given for Connaught Palliative Care Unit by St Luke’s Church, from the Christmas card fund.
As we discussed, this was put towards a remembrance service held for bereaved relatives of our patients across the past 6 months.

It was a very moving and uplifting event, with a congregation of relatives and staff from Connaught Hospital. There were stories from the relatives, prayers, music and talks from a pastor and an iman to comfort Christians and Muslims. Small memory tokens and refreshments were distributed. It was lovely to renew acquaintance with relatives who we had got to know well when caring for their patients, but not seen for some time.

Having a little extra funding to do events like this make such a difference, both to our patients and their families, and encouraging our team.
So, thanks again.
Best wishes, Mary

Children’s Society (December Focus Month)

The Children’s Society is a UK based national charity that works with some of the most vulnerable children and young people in the country. The charity’s values are rooted in Christian beliefs. St. Luke’s supports the Children’s society by home collecting boxes and our annual Christingle services.

Link persons: Jo Marshall & Hilary Roberts