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We have people serving on long-term mission in China, Eastern Europe, France, Nigeria and the UK

Our Mission Partnerships are all about our ‘OUT’… our relationships with the world around us, who we are witnessing to, working amongst, seeking to serve, save and importantly bring lasting transformation to the lives of. Below you will find information about organisations, charities and individuals that we have links with, both formally as Mission Partners and informally, through a network of links through members of SJC. This is not a definitive list of links, but we hope it sets the scene for what we are and aspire to be… a missional church, resourcing and sending in order to bring transformation to the world that we live in.

For more information about any areas of mission, please email office@stjohnscolchester.org.uk

meet our mission partners!

russell & Katherine NOrton

Russell and Katharine have been working for Wycliffe Bible translators in Northern Nigeria, since 2014 with their daughter Lowenna. Russell aims to train the next generation for Bible translation from local students and Katharine also teaches, demonstrating to students how they can use translated Scripture in ministry and communities. She has written two lessons on “Care for Creation” and “What the Bible has to say about farming”, and shows students practical applications in this area.

SJC contact: SANDRA HUFF

Attila & Adele Toth

Working in the town of Reghin, Romania, Attila and Adele serve impoverished and marginalised Romany communities. The needs of these people are vast and Attila and Adele commit their lives to bringing the gospel to them, through both practical and prayerful service. In 2018 SJC sent 32 people on mission to Reghin to support the building of an orphanage and farm project which will serve these communities, and almost 50 people will be serving in Romania over the course of 2019.

SJC contact: NIK READ

open door drop-in centre

In the heart of Colchester with a ministry to vulnerable people, Open Door has been offering a warm welcome, a listening ear and practical support to those facing challenges like homelessness, mental illness, addiction, relationship breakdown and low incomes for over 30 years. They also offer an opportunity to explore the Christian faith through their informal Sunday@One service and a midweek Bible study. They support over 100 people a week, offering a helping hand in their darkest moments.

Contact: NICCI LAMBERT

Geoff & Marie-Louise Read

Geoff is chaplain of the Church of Luxembourg (city) and has responsibility for the whole Anglican church across the country. The church is made up of people from many different nations. Geoff & Marie-Louise recently hosted the first Alpha course the church has seen and try to express the depth and diversity of the Christian spiritual tradition so that all are welcome.

SJC contacts: PETER & CATHERINE THEODOSIUS

Colchester Soup Run

For a number of years St. John’s have joined other Colchester churches to serve those in need at the Soup Run, which has been available every night for the last 27 years. From 8pm – 9pm, we have teams of 6 who prepare and serve fresh sandwiches, soup, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and snacks. There are 20 – 30 visitors every single night, all with different needs. Some are ‘regulars’, whilst others are there for the first time.

SJC contact: JANE SHELLEY

Friends International

All over the UK, Friends International equip churches and volunteers to serve and engage with International students, also working to organise a range of social events and activities. Over 500,000 study in the UK, there are 4-5,000 such students in Colchester alone and we offer them the chance to experience real British culture and opportunities to hear about the Christian faith.

SJC contacts: MICHAEL & CAROLINE WHITE

Beacon House

Beacon House has provided health and well-being services to homeless and marginalised people since 1996. We adapt our services to meet the changing climate of modern day Britain, but stay true to our core objective, relieving poverty and sickness for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Our team of dedicated staff and volunteers provide an environment where people can be listened to without judgement or feeling pressured.

SJC contact: DAVE CORNELL

IBT - Richard Williams

Since 1999 Richard has been involved with IBT, which translates the Bible into the 130 languages spoken in the former Soviet Union. These are the “heart” languages of 85 million people. IBT is a Christian organisation and is currently involved in translating the Bible for about 60 people groups, partnering with organisations including Wycliffe/SIL and Richard is part of IBT’s international leadership and runs its UK charity.

SJC contact: RICHARD WILLIAMS

International Justice Mission

International Justice Mission is the world’s largest anti-slavery organisation. Inspired by God’s call to love all people and to seek justice, IJM works to protect people in poverty from violence. Our global team of lawyers, social workers and investigators partner with governments and local authorities to combat slavery, violence against women and children, and abuse against people living in poverty. IJM works to rescue and restore victims, hold perpetrators accountable, and help strengthen public justice systems. To date we have supported local authorities to rescue over 54,000 people. Learn more at IJMUK.org or follow our social media channels.

SJC contact: EMMA MORTEMORE

Laura Simcox

Youth With a Mission is a global movement of Christians from many cultures, age groups and backgrounds who are dedicated to serving Jesus and Laura has been part of YWAM Paris Connect since August 2019.  Their common goal to “know God and make God known” and the ministries focus in three main areas: evangelism, training and mercy ministry. Laura currently serves in the accounts department, enabling all of the base’s different ministries to run smoothly. Her other passions include working with young children and seeing people released into their full God given potential.

Hugh Battye

Hugh is studying for a PhD in China, which has enabled him to research minority groups in that area of the country. Through research he has been able to spend time living amongst them, engaging with their cultures and has had opportunities to share about the hope that we have. Working on his thesis, he is hoping to complete the programme by summer 2020.

SJC contact: RICHARD BLOICE

Shirley Sinclair

Shirley is now based in the North of England, but working online as a clinical supervisor to Cambodian counsellors, as part of OMF’s work in that country. Previously she and her husband Mark lived for many years in Cambodia, sharing the love of Jesus through ministries of compassion and educational development. Shirley is committed to the development of professional counselling in Cambodia and the enabling of emotional and psychological healing through the indigenous church.

SJC contact: RICHARD WILLIAMS

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