Christ Church Portsdown supports the missions listed below, with allocations from our parish tithe, plus monthly freewill offerings and monies raised from dedicated events.
Each month we support one of our different Mission Partners. During the month we display information about the mission, pray for the mission and take a retiring collection for the mission. Sometimes we also have visiting speakers to tell us about the work of the mission.
Our Mission Partners are:
- January – School Pastors
- February – Church Mission Society
- March – Tearfund
- April – The Barnabus Fund
- May – Christian Aid
- June – Mission Aviation Fellowship
- July – Mission to Seafarers
- August – Bible Society
- September – Church Army
- October – Bible Reading Fellowship
- November – Simeon’s Trustees
- December – The Children’s Society
Gifts donated in kind:
- October – Roberts Centre & Mill Road Hostel – gifts from Harvest Service
- December – Roberts Centre & All Saints Hostel – gifts from Toy Service
Other supported missions:
- Havant Women’s Aid
- Southampton Seafarers Centre
- Portsmouth Food Bank
- Royal British Legion
- Hampshire & Islands Historic Churches Trust
- National Historic Churches Trust
The Bible Society
In some parts of the world, the Scriptures are difficult to access or are simply unavailable. In this country, the Bible is readily available but has lost its significance and its value is unrecognised by millions.
The Bible Society is working hard here at home and in key areas across the world to change this. They take the Bible and find ways to translate and distribute it, create digital formats, advocate for its place in society and help people relate to and make sense of it in their everyday lives.
All their efforts are driven by one conviction: they believe that when people engage with the Bible, lives can change – for good.
Parish Coordinator – Roy West
Barnabas Fund serves the suffering Church. It provides practical help to strengthen and encourage the Church in many different ways.
Parish Coordinator – Margaret Baggs
The Evangelical Alliance Relief Fund aims to relieve poverty, suffering and distress and to prevent ill health among people of the world while promoting Christian education and evangelism. Tearfund operates wherever there are disasters, refugees or need.
Parish Coordinator – Ruth Fowler
The Church Mission Society (CMS) is the main Anglican missionary society, which has long been supported by this parish. Our CMS partners are featured on this page. CMS long to see the transforming fullness of Christ unfolding in every culture and are committed to serious and sustained cross-cultural engagement.
Parish Coordinator – Jacqui Wilson
Christian Aid is an interdenominational agency of the churches in the UK and Ireland. They work wherever the need is greatest irrespective of religion or race. It is a privilege to deliver and collect envelopes in Christian Aid week every May.
Parish Coordinator – Jackie Quinn
MAF is a faith-based, non-profit ministry. Teams of aviation, communications and technology specialists overcome barriers, transform lives, and enable the work of some 600 organizations around the world.
Parish Coordinator – Tracey Harvey
The Mission to Seafarers is a missionary society of the Anglican Church and has chaplains and lay workers in 300+ ports around the globe. Volunteers help offer friendship, practical support and comfort. Any seafarers with problems or in distress depend on its care.
Parish Coordinator – Jim Molloy
School and college pastors are volunteers who commit themselves to the service of young people in their community, offering a reassuring and friendly presence to students who may not feel able to speak openly to teachers or parents.
In partnership with schools, colleges and other local agencies, they also work to enhance the safety and emotional and social well-being of students through caring, listening and helping.
Parish Coordinator – Roger Banks
The Church Army is about sharing faith through words and action to transform lives by making Jesus famous. Their focus is on the 7 out of 10 people who have little or no meaningful contact with church.
Parish Coordinator – Dave Fowler
The Patron of Christ Church Portsdown is the Simeon’s Trustees.
Parish Coordinator – Stuart Davies
Children’s Society works with and for children to help them deal with life’s harshest challenges and face the future with confidence. There are many children in need in our own country who depend on our assistance which we promote through events like the Candlelit Supper and Christingle.
Parish Coordinator – Matthew Brown
Helen is one of our Mission Partners working in Lira, Uganda. She is a school chaplain in Lira, Northern Uganda, where she runs a project supporting and assisting the education of 24 needy children, some of whom were victims of the infamous Lords Resistance Army. Hellen’s birthday is 25th December, and she is praising God that on Christmas Day she also became a grandmother!
Parish Coordinator – Karen Davies
The Roberts Centre is a child focused Charity in Portsmouth offering support and assistance to families who are homeless or where relationships have broken down.
Parish Coordinator – Margaret Baggs