Mission: Far & Near
St. Andrew's Church believes that a healthy church is one with a global outlook, partnering in God's mission around the world. We partner with various organisations involved in Gospel work: Far away and Near to us in Woking.
Our Mission: Far & Near group oversees these partnerships, in which we:
Pray for these projects and people regularly.
Connect with recent news and ongoing developments.
Provide financial support.
Learn from our partners.
Below are brief details of the organisations and projects we currently support.
Far away projects
We have supported Tear Fund projects for several years. Recently, we joined in providing water harvesting resources for villagers in south west Uganda. We are now linked through the Connected Church project with the work of the Diocese of Mount Kenya East, in providing an integrated and holistic programme serving the needs of rural communities.
Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) planes have been helping in the war-torn southern Sudan. With people dying through poor diet, in one week they flew in 7,000kg of emergency food to Akita , Rumbek, Yirol and Marial Lou. Mostly for TB and leprosy patients, the welcome supplies included milk powder, sorghum, beans and protein-rich biscuits.
Talents Children's Mission is a small home for 20 boys orphaned by AIDS. It was established in 2007 and is located in Elburgon, Kenya. St. Andrew’s people have supported the home for many years, sponsoring children personally and through their Small Groups.
We have provided funds for a new toilet block and to sink a borehole so the home has its own clean water supply. The Talents home aims to be self-supporting for food through its own smallholding, tended by the boys themselves. Our Sunday School children have raised funds to buy chickens and pigs for the Talents "farm".
Africa's emerging Christian leaders need good theological training. The Bishop Hannington Institute is a wonderful place where the next generation of leaders is being trained for transformative ministries. St. Andrew's Church has enabled third year student, Ethel Mumba, to complete her course. We have also supported three second year students, Jackson Mwanzia, Meshack Cheruiyot and Elijah Mwathe, who now have one more year before ordination. We also support Martin Olando, the Acting Principal and Academic Dean. He teaches the Systematic Theology and Christian Worship courses to students preparing for ministry. Martin desribes his staff as "The Dream Team" as they work together in very difficult circumstances to provide the best training and support for all their students.
We have been supporting Rachel Smith since 2013. Rachel works as a midwife in Multan Christian Women's Hospital, in the Punjab Province in Pakistan. Rachel is seconded to this work through Interserve.
Engage Woking Schools is a Christian charity working to support a Christian presence in primary and secondary schools in and around Woking. It provides assemblies in over 30 primary schools; each comprises an amusing drama, songs and teaching. It also works in secondary schools and Woking Sixth Form College:: Engage's secondary schools worker co-ordinates the involvement of Church Youth Workers and visits during lunchtimes and breaktimes. There are also more formal chaplaincy times, worship groups and staff prayer meetings.
Woking is home to Britain's first purpose-built mosque, and there are communities from all around the world living in the town. The largest minority community has its roots in Paakistan or Kashmir, and there are at least three other mosques in Woking. The Across Project is supported by eight Woking churches and is linked with the national Mahabba network, which encourages ordinary Christians to be friends with ordinary Muslims. The Project provides training courses and encouragement for the Christian community in Woking and helps build bridges of understanding between communities.
Woking Street Angels are volunteers from many Woking Churches who serve on Fridays and Saturdays, from 10pm to 4am in the town centre of Woking. They help the many who have been enjoying a night out but are sometimes the worse for wear. St. Andrew's Church members are among the Street Angels team and we help with the funding alongside several other churches.
The Open the Book project enables teams of volunteers to present the story of the Bible in local primary schools. We have a team, mostly from St. Andrew's, who take these stories into Beaufort Primary School each week. We also support the national organisation of this project, to enable other teams to be supported.