World Mission Team
The World Mission team is small in size but big in its ambitions. Our primary focus is helping raise funds for the India Village Ministries as our missionary project. To date we have helped provide bikes for the pastors, sewing machines and training for the women of the villages, provide schooling for the children and accommodation for the boys and girls. Christianity represents less than 1% of the area's population but Suresh is doing magnificent work in spreading the faith within the region. We usually have Suresh visit us at some point every year and he brings updates videos to let us see how the ministry is developing. They help the elderly now with meals served on banana leaves – big saving on washing up!
Dunnottar Church is a Fair Trade Church and uses all Fair Trade products at its events. We promote these goods every year during the Fair Trade Fortnight in conjunction with the South Church and jointly arrange for the sales tables in each Church on the appropriate dates &endash; usually in late February and early March each year.
We support the work of Christian Aid in May each year when the main Christian Aid week takes place. Although street collections used to happen in earlier years, lack of volunteers has meant this no longer takes place. We share the work with the all Churches in Stonehaven and this works well.
Retiring collections from the Communions and other services are directed to other needy causes throughout the year as circumstances dictate.
October and November is the time for filling shoeboxes with presents for the Blythswood Trust's annual appeal. Generally around 100 boxes are donated and we can see from the DVDs just how appreciated these small tokens are to those who really have nothing,
Closer to home but still part of Mission, our local Christmas Giving Tree Appeal links with the Salvation Army to supply gifts to local families. Throughout the year, there are boxes in the Church and St Bridget's for donations of groceries, toiletries etc for the Aberdeen Cyrenians who support the homeless and disadvantaged in the City and the local area.
World Mission Team Priorities: -
- Publicise the India Village Ministries as our missionary project
- Organise fundraising for specific needs of the India Village Ministries
- Encourage prayer support for world mission
- Increase annual Christian Aid contributions
- Respond appropriately to emergencies.