the start of 19th century Thomas Charles, a minister in
North Wales, sought to make the scriptures freely available
in the Welsh language, following the visit of 15 year old
Mary Jones. She had walked over 20 miles across mountain
paths to buy a Welsh bible. On hearing this plan Joseph
Hughes asked “If for Wales, why not the kingdom, and
if for the kingdom why not the world?” Thus in 1804
the British and Foreign Bible Society (now the Bible Society)
was launched. It’s first translation was published
the same year, a translation of John’s gospel into
the Canadian Indian Mohawk language.
are now 130 national Bible Societies worldwide and part
or all of the scriptures have been translated into more
than 2,300 languages and dialects.
the Bible Society is rising to the challenge of ensuring
that the message of the Bible can be heard in today’s
world and that it is known, loved and understood.
variety of initiatives are in place not just the translation
work which is ongoing. There are also programmes such as:
Faith Comes by Hearing - which seeks to put the Bible onto
tape enabling it to be heard whilst people are going about
Bible a Month Club - whereby for a small regular donation
a Bible will be donated somewhere in the world where it
is needed each month.
Specific Projects – such as literacy projects which
seek to provide people with an opportunity to meet with
the Bible and to learn an invaluable life skill, or media
festivals which seek to bring the drama and reality of the
Bible to as wide an audience as possible.
Further information about the Bible Society’s activities
and history is available from its website: www.biblesociety.org.uk
Ramay (Tel. 853250) is the St John’s representative
for the Bible Society
Orthodox Christian School in Bethlehem Project
March 2000 Canon Andrew White of Coventry Cathedral led a diocesan
pilgrimage to the Holy Land. There the group met members of the
Syrian Orthodox Christian Church in Bethlehem. Many in this community
of 3000 (including 800 children) have missed out on formal education
due to the lack of recognition of Christianity in local schools.
the start of the new Millennium came new hope as the Barnabas
Fund together with members of Coventry Cross of Nails Community
bought a dilapidated building in the suburbs of Bethlehem
suitable for conversion to a school. Reconstruction commenced
using local labour and volunteers. The school opened in September
2003 with just 15 children. The quality of care and education
was quickly recognised and demand for places grew rapidly
necessitating the need for more accommodation. A third floor
was added to the build in 2006 providing 5 more classrooms.This
was officially opened in September 2006, a very high profile
occasion with many foreign visitors and local dignitaries
of church and state attending. Canon Justin Welby represented
Coventry Cathedral on behalf of Bishop Colin and presented
a new Cross of Nails. The intake increased to 117 children
in 2006 and this year 2008 there are 145 children two of which
are from Muslim families.
school is in fact recognised to be one that is offering the highest
standard of education and pastoral care and trainee teachers are
sent to the school form Bethlehem University as part of their
teaching experience. Further extension to the school is planned,
and it is our prayer and hope that this will be completed to enable
students to be educated to Grade 12.
The aim of the school is to preserve the Aramaic language of Jesus.
The Mission of the school is to educate the young in a healthy
environment that cherishes and caters for the spiritual, psychological,
mental, physical and social aspects that comprehends love, peace
reconciliation and democracy with the full understanding of human
There is no state funding because the school is Christian. Therefore
like every Christian school in present day Palestine revenue depends
on fee-paying students and outside financial help.
Many supporters have visited the school since its conception in
the year 2000. All have been overwhelmed by the reception they
received from the children, teachers and parents, all are so delighted
with the school which is a Beacon of Hope in a very dark area
of the world. They send their sincere thanks for your prayers
The situation in Bethlehem has improved since the days of the
Intafada. However there is still a very high level of unemployment
resulting in the fact that families find life very hard and many
continue to suffer from lack of food and basic medical care. We
therefore continue to seek funding to pay for teachers salaries,
school fees for the very poor children who would not receive a
Christian education and provide equipment for the new classrooms.
SOCS committee raise these funds by encouraging church members
and local school children to support the project with their prayers
and financially. We also organise social events to raise funds.
Members of the committee are always happy to come to your church
or group and give a presentation.
If you can help to improve the lives of the children in Bethlehem
with your prayers or financially. Please make your donations payable
to Coventry Cathedral Bethlehem School Project. For further information
please contact John or Jean Radford 01926-854475
support this project
Families will remain together as a unit
Young people will have a good Christian Education
The project will encourage other Christians in the Holy Land.
Education will bring greater opportunities for work.
Respect for a marginalised Christian community will increase.
can YOU Help?
for peace in the Holy Land
Pray for the school and head teacher Mrs Amal Behman, and the
children and teachers.
Raise awareness of the situation (invite a SOCS group member
to give a presentation).
Buy a piece of equipment for the school or give a donation
John’s Links : John & Jean Radford. (854475)
1.3 billion people live in extreme poverty. Tonight 800 million
people will go to bed hungry and this year 12 million children
will die before their fifth birthday.
It needn’t be like that. We can hope for a better world,
where everyone lives a full life, free from poverty. And we have
the power to turn that hope into action. Hope is about doing,
not dreaming. It makes things change. Since 1950, life expectancy
in developing countries has risen by 20 years, access to clean
water has doubled, child death rates have halved, and food production
has grown 20 per cent faster than population.
The unprecedented economic development of the last few decades
has created unprecedented wealth, as well as pockets of extreme
deprivation, across the globe. But it’s not simply a matter
of economics. Poverty has been eroded partly because people have
fought together for justice: rich and poor, North and South, people
of all faiths and all races. They didn’t give in to despair.
They hoped – and acted.
Christian Aid is an agency of the churches in UK and Ireland working
wherever the need is greatest, irrespective of religion or race.
It believes in strengthening people to find their own solutions
to the problems they face, to support local organisations which
are best placed to understand local needs.
During Christian Aid week every year 350 000 volunteers in the
UK and Ireland collect money to help the world’s poorest
communities. In this parish we raised £3,000 in 2005 and
supported the Make Poverty History campaign by finding out more
about poverty and how to beat it, signing campaign cards and joining
with others to pray.
For further information contact Sue Proctor the St. John’s
Parish Representative (Tel. 856212)
or go to the web site: www.christianaid.org.uk.
Church Army is a society of evangelists within the Anglican Communion
which exists to enable people to come to a living faith in our
Lord Jesus Christ.
The society focuses on the following five areas:
1. Area evangelism - raising the profile of outreach by training
and resourcing churches.
2. Children and young people - providing training for youth workers.
3. Church planting - establishing churches in new situations,
building relationships between church and community.
4. Homeless people - providing accommodation and training to homeless
people by helping churches to be involved with projects and initiatives.
5. Older people - encouraging older people to recognise their
gifts and helping them to reach out to their neighbours, and working
with churches to meet the needs of older people.
are leading by example in all the work being done among the people
on the edge of Christianity - bringing them into a relationship
with our Lord Jesus, and reaching those outside our churches whom
the Church cannot reach. They are challenging us to join them
in going into the communities and take Jesus and His saving power
to those who are lost. All things can happen, if we believe in
the things we pray in Jesus name.
Church Army desperately needs the help of Christians everywhere
to pray and give, to enable this work to carry on and expand.
This is so that Jesus can come to the people in the areas where
the established church is struggling and change the lives of those
who otherwise may never know Him.
recent years St John’s have adopted the Church Army project
“The Bridge” which is based at the Marylebone Project
for Homeless Women in central London. It was led by Captain Mark
Dadds and his wife Sister Heather Dadds. The Bridge vision was
to further develop Christian community in a way which enables
women in temporary accommodation to move on to a new local community
where they can play a full and valued role.
The Bridge project has now been finished by the Church Army: -
Mark & Heather Dadds are now seeking God’s guidance
for their future work. All their work will be taken on by the
Marylebone hostels project so they still seek our prayers and
support to keep this important work and commitment going for Jesus.
Marylebone project is a project for homeless women and comprises
of two residential hostels, a mental health residential unit and
a day drop-in centre. These combined offer individual rooms for
110 homeless women in London. There are always 4 emergency beds.
The day centre provides training activities designed to encourage
social interaction and self confidence. There is also a weekly
Christian reflection group.
Army has now changed the way they train their new evangelists.
Church Army’s mission – based training programme is
led by Elaine Storkey and has been validated by York St Johns
University. Instead of 3 years training in-house at their Sheffield
Training College they are now being trained in the community among
people in their every day lives (hands on training). They have
re-ordered their training centre in Sheffield and are relocating
their support centre from Sidcup, Kent to Sheffield, which will
now be their main centre.
There are training enablers doing work among the trainees in Leamington,
building the church at Warwick Gates. There one worker has set
up a new group in Warwick School for 12 – 15 year olds and
has called the group ‘Wired’, developing a Christian
community among them and giving them the chance to connect with
God through Jesus. He is also serving in a street cafe giving
free drinks to the homeless and clubbers. It enables him to get
one to one with people in the street and also engage in the community
in a variety of ways: - i.e. giving away food in the poorer areas
of the estate, outreach into schools, alpha in the work place
and messy church.
training is not cheap:- it is expected to cost around £100
000 in 2010 to run the Warwick Gates Centre of Mission. Please
pray for the workers there and feel free to drop in and meet these
servants of Jesus at Warwick Gates Church near Heathcote Hospital.
information is available from www.churcharmy.org.uk or from
Derek Jakeman, St John’s Church Army Representative. (Tel.
Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS)
CPAS is an Anglican evangelical mission agency working with churches,
mainly in the UK and Republic of Ireland. We enable churches to
help every person hear and discover the good news of Jesus Christ,
helping churches become more mission-focused by developing effective
leaders at all levels: training, resourcing, empowering and inspiring
men, women and young people who point others to Jesus.
Our vision is to be at the forefront of leadership development
in churches, including:
- Developing men and women to become more effective in leadership.
- Equipping churches to train a generation of children and young
people for leadership.
- Helping young people aspire to and prepare for leadership.
- Inspiring young people to offer themselves for ordination,
including pioneer ministry.
- Equipping leaders to be effective in reaching and discipling
children and young people through Ventures and Falcon Camps.
- Working with our 500 patronage churches to develop effective
- Promoting research and sharing expertise on church leadership
For more information, please visit the CPAS website at www.cpas.org.uk
is one of the Anglican missionary societies. Its motto is “God’s
Word to God’s World”. It has a strong evangelical
emphasis and is working through its mission partners all over
the world. It was founded as the Bible Churchman’s Missionary
Society in 1922 and changed its name a few years ago to reflect
the changing nature of mission. This change has been from purely
“sending” missionaries to “exchanging”
missionaries (or partners) and there are now a number of partners
working in the United Kingdom.
addition to supporting mission partners the society also has a
programme of short term work (Short-term Mission Involvement Learning
& Experience - S.M.I.L.E) suitable for those who have anything
from a week to a year to spare. This work can involve activities
such as working alongside missionaries, teaching, building, working
John’s Kenilworth has a link through Crosslinks with Julian
Brown. Julian is married to Mei Hwa, from Taiwan and they have
a young son, John.
For further information please contact Ken Pollard, Crosslinks
Parish Secretary, St John’s Kenilworth. (Tel. 856149) or
view the web site www.crosslinks.org.
Deanery Dresden Link
1994 there has been a link between parishes in Kenilworth Deanery
and a number of parishes in and around Dresden, based on the relationship
between Coventry and Dresden that there has been since the bombing
of those two cities in World War 2. Every couple of years a group
of about twenty people fly across either from Dresden to Kenilworth
Deanery or vice versa. See
this link for more information.
Youth For Christ
aim - to inform, to inspire, to enthuse.
Mission - to take the Good News relevantly to every young person
in Kenilworth, wherever they are - in the street, in School, in
Church, in Clubs or in the Home.
youth ministry starts with us realising our own value and worth
to God. It continues with us passing on that sense of significance
and self-worth to the young people we know and work with. The
biggest buzz then comes when THEY start passing it on to others".
- Paul Wilcox, YFC Director.
is a charity in its own right, funded entirely by the faith-giving
of people in Kenilworth. We operate under the auspices of the
National Y.F.C organisation who offer advice, resources, management
skills and prayer. Our
full time Youth Leaders are Chris and Tina Adams who live on Rounds
Hill with their children Pippa and Michael. Our activities are
overseen by an Executive Committee which meets monthly and consists
of members of the various Kenilworth churches. They are also the
Trustees of KYFC.
John's representatives are currently Diana Barnard, Ian Jones
and Clive Sutton; Knights Meadow is represented by Graham HYDE.
also the national Youth for Christ web site: www.yfc.co.uk
American Missionary Society
society is a partner with the Anglican Church in South America.
The countries covered are :
mission is: “Give thanks to the Lord call on his name; make
known among the nations what he has done.”( Ps 105:1) and
the work includes the following:
training, church schools and teacher training
groups, street children, orphans, AIDS victims, new town projects.
translation into native tongues
work and outreach
Magazine called SHARE - three times yearly
Prayer diary - whose doing what were and when
Prayer letter - news and items for prayer from Bishop
Photo gallery - showing all mission partners and accepted candidates
comment in a thesis on grassroots church growth in Latin America
stated “ The spread of the Gospel amongst the masses constitutes
one of the most significant shifts in Latin American History”.
Dayus, (tel. 01676 533039). St. John’s Link Person
site - www.samsgb.org
clinic was completed three years later. Since then Kenilworth has
maintained a friendship link by correspondence, visits to Uyogo
and raising funds to equip the clinic and supply medicines.
in 1979, when the people of Kenilworth raised over £2400
for its International Year of the Child project to enable
a Mother and Child clinic to be built and equipped in the
village of Uyogo in the Tabora Region of Tanzania, using local
materials and labour.
This year 2009 is the 30th Anniversary of the
Link and we are pleased to say that Mr Elias Masatu who has been
our Chief Liaison Officer for the project from its conception
will be visiting us in April this year and attending our AGM on
the evening of 7th April which will be in the Methodist Church
Hall. Kenilworth We shall be inviting the Town Mayor and all our
supporters on this occasion as this will in fact be Mr Masatu’s
last visit to England as he will be retiring later this year.
this long period of time, our support has grown and we have
supplied funds for many projects, building wells, the need
for clean water being a major requirement to improve the
health of the villagers. In addition we have supplied funds
to refurbish the village school, build teachers and nurses
accommodation. (See picture)
of our latest projects has been the refurbishment of the
Mother and Child clinic and Dispensary and this is now complete.
We also send medical supplies for the Clinic every year.
The need for education is paramount and to this
end we are now funding the secondary education for 20 students
for 4 years. We are also funding further educational training
for 2 older students at the Development Training College.
This year we are also providing the fees for the
village nurse Joyce Ongati to train to become a Doctor.
One of the most important requirements of the
Link that has constantly been emphasized by Mr Masatu the Tanzanian
Development Officer , is the need to for people to visit Uyogo,
meet the people and experience life in the 3rd world.
During recent years a number of people from Kenilworth
have visited the village, students from St. Francis church, members
of the committee, a teacher and a student from Kenilworth school
and a medical student from Warwick University completed her Elective
at Urambo District Hospital. She found this a very moving and
educational experience as she saw at first hand the difference
in the medical care in the third world compared to the care we
take for granted in England. She was overcome by the warmth and
generosity of the people she met during her visit, as were all
who have visited Uyogo.
Kenilworth School continue to support the project
and the Africa week is now a part of the curriculum when lessons
are arranged around the different countries supported by the school,
and a number of social events are arranged with pupils from all
year groups entertain their parents and friends to raise large
sums of money for Charity and donations in excess of £2500
per year since 2006 have been given to support the projects in
Our latest projects is to fund the sinking Deep
bore holes, investigate ways to harvest water during the wet season
necessary to ensure a continuous supply of water during the dry
season, in addition to our existing commitment to supply medical
equipment, improve the education and general living standards
of the people in Uyogo.
of the village send their sincere thanks to you for your support.
Please continue to pray for them and support the events that the
committee organizes to raise funds to improve the quality of the
health, education and living standards of this third world community.
committee members from St. John’s are Hazel Jackson, Ann
Sheard, John Radford and Peter Fisher who will be pleased to tell
you more about the link.
Please try to attend our AGM Tuesday 7th April 7.30pm Kenilworth
Methodist Church to celebrate our 30th Anniversary and meet Mr
Elias Masatu our special quest.
Church Mission Society
The Church Mission Society is a voluntary association of people
united in obedience to the call of God to proclaim the Gospel
in all lands and to gather the people of all races into the fellowship
of Christ’s church. This means that all members of CMS try
to participate actively in Christian mission wherever they are,
in their home country or abroad.
During its 200 years CMS has sent out more than 9000 men and women
to share the Gospel - teaching, setting up schools, and hospitals
and engaging in direct evangelism. Today CMS works in Africa,
the Middle East, Europe and Asia. It works as a partner with national
churches and agencies in over 30 countries.
Our mission partner is Gail Phillip. She joined the staff at Christ
Church language centre in Bangkok, Thailand in April 2000. She
is now principal of the Kindergarten at Christ Church and is currently
overseeing the opening of a new child care centre in Banchang.
She can be contacted at:
11 Convent Road,
Sue Proctor is the St. John’s Link, 856212.
Tools With A Mission
With A Mission is a Christian Charity that sends gifts of good
quality tools into many countries. It enables those who receive
them to earn a living and change their world.
1981, John Bennett decided to support missionary work by collecting,
refurbishing and sending tools overseas. At first the tools were
collected and repaired as part of a school educational project.
But looking back it seems that God was in this venture because
over the years, from small beginnings TWAM has grown. In 1995
TWAM moved from its small premises into a large barn near Ipswich.
Perry Barn houses an office, workshop and storage area and here
a happy band of volunteers sort, repair, refurbish, and store
all the tools that come into the barn from all over the country,
mostly from Christian churches and organisations.
requests come from the mission field abroad the tools are collected
from the store, catalogued for customs clearance, all paperwork
is prepared and the tools are crated or containerised for shipment.
Then the shipment is taken by lorry to Felixstowe docks and sent
on its way with a prayer that many lives will be touched by this
expression of the love of Jesus.
means almost anything ranging from saws to sewing machines, pumps
and mallets to axes and spectacles. In many developing countries
many localities are without electricity or families can't afford
a connection. Therefore manual sewing machines, hand tools, and
non-electrical duplicators are very much in demand.
are we doing locally? Well we have recently opened a
new industrial unit in Binley, Coventry. We hope this will become
the centre for the Midlands operation and soon we will have a
phone line set up with broadband and an email address.
This is a huge step forward which has meant taking this unit in
faith that we will be able to meet the ongoing expenses connected
with such a venture such as rent and utilities. The unit has been
fitted out with racking and work benches. We are hoping to refurbish
tools and repair sewing machines here as well as sort and send
out haberdashery items, sewing kits, carpenters kits, builder’s
kits and others.
The Unit is at 8 Lifford Way, Binley, Coventry. CV3 2RN and we
are open every Thursday and Friday from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm so
people can bring their tool and sewing machines to the Unit during
So if anyone is interested please contact either David Wheeler
(857155) or Peter Fisher (853706).