We are one church in a global community of churches. At St Michael’s we have links with a number of churches and individuals in the UK and around the world. They include:
Rosemary left corporate life in 2006 and did some short- term assignments in Ethiopia and Uganda before joining Tearfund in Ethiopia in 2010.
Tearfund is a Christian relief and development agency that works through local churches and disaster relief teams in around 50 countries. In Ethiopia, Tearfund works through its partners, encouraging them to work in their local communities and to transform their own lives economically, socially, politically and spiritually. One example of this approach is self-help groups, where savings and loans allow people to start small businesses to generate income for their families.
Rosemary has been working to bring commercial microfinance into these groups. She also writes English language reports and fund-raising materials. Her latest project is a ‘sponsor a group’ scheme.
Dan and Sarah Cook
The Cooks moved from London to Bacup in Lancashire. They are serving in two churches, Christchurch and Holy Trinity, where Dan is the new ‘Pioneer Curate’.There are significant challenges to ministering in Bacup – 3 of the 4 Anglican buildings have been closed in the last 10 years, and the church community that remains have not been adequately engaging in the local community where there are major issues of deprivation, unemployment and addiction. Dan’s main role is to encourage and equip the church for mission, finding new ways for it to communicate the love of Jesus to a town that desperately needs it.
Together Sarah and Dan have a passion for building community so that people can encounter Jesus, they love laughing, sport, and arguing over who is better at table tennis.
Sarah works as an Assistant Producer for BBC Sport at MediaCity in Salford (but still needs to ask Dan about football).
Catherine grew up in Bermondsey, London, and attended St Michael’s as a teenager for almost 6 years, regularly participating in the evening service, and the youth group.
After graduating in 2012 she moved to California, originally intending to only stay a year, but Catherine is now entering her second year as Pastoral Intern at Christ Church Easy Bay. Alongside this, she is starting her second year studying on the Master of Divinity Newbigin House programme at Western Theological Seminary (based in Holland, Michigan), with a view to ordination. The programme has a special focus on urban ministry and church planting, and combines theological study with church work.
John and Angela Field
John was brought up in a Christian family and gave his life to Christ as a young child. Angela became a Christian at school through the Christian Union. They met at Sheffield University and married after Angela graduated as a medical doctor. John had previously graduated as a civil engineer. They have three children, two daughters are married with 5 grandchildren between them and their son is single.
John has spent most of his working years as a consultant in transport infrastructure in many countries around the world. Angela has travelled some of the time with him and is now retired from general practice and hence they are now free to live abroad.
In 2007 John was offered work in Serbia for 6 months. A new job came up in late 2008, again in Serbia, although travelling around the Balkans. At the same time some ex-pats started the International Christian Fellowship, Belgrade, (ICF) and they are both involved in different ways with the church. They are resident in Belgrade although John still gets some consultancy work that can take him travelling!
Angela helps run a Community Bible Study group with expat ladies from several countries and a number of Serbians who speak English. She also helps plan the programmes for the weekly ICF Sunday services and enjoys having visitors for meals or to stay, which takes up quite a bit of her time.
John meets with some men and preaches regularly at ICF. He provides help as adviser to the Serbian Evangelical Alliance and as Honorary President and advisor to an NGO helping young adults with learning difficulties. He is involved in a number of initiatives aimed at building links with the Orthodox Church.
Andrew and Liz Parker
Andrew and Liz moved to South Africa in late 2004 so that Andrew could train as a pilot, believing that God was calling them to work for MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship). After qualifying, he worked as a flight instructor for 2 years to gain experience. In 2009, Andrew began work as a MAF pilot in Tanzania and they are now based in Uganda. MAF is a Christian missionary organisation that seeks to bring practical assistance and spiritual hope to people in isolated communities, flying Christian, NGO and medical workers to areas of need.
Liz is now a full-time mum and home-school teacher. Their 3 children enjoy friendships within a small international community and Esther and Ben are being home-schooled by Liz.
Lucy grew up moving around the world, mostly between the US and the UK, but also spent time in the Middle East and Malaysia, with her parents, Mary and Jeff, and her siblings Alden and Margaret. After finishing school in 2010 she went to the University of Edinburgh and studied English Literature and History. During that time she became increasingly involved in anti-trafficking and human rights work, including the work of International Justice Mission (IJM). She was fortunate enough to complete an internship with them at the headquarters office in Washington, DC in the summer of 2013.
Lucy is currently working for IJM in Chiang Mai, Thailand. IJM is a Christian NGO that partners with nationals to help rescue and rehabilitate victims of violent oppression while also holding the perpetrators accountable under national laws, and seeking oppression while also holding the perpetrators accountable under national laws, and seeking to structurally transform justice systems to prove that justice for the poor is possible. Lucy will be working on communications, writing stories and updates on the casework in Thailand, which focuses on child sexual assault cases and providing hill tribe people their due citizenship rights.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief
The All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief exists to raise awareness and the profile of international freedom of religion or belief as a human right among Parliamentarians, media, government and the general public in the UK, and to increase the effectiveness of the UK’s contribution to international institutions charged with enforcing this human right. Elizabeth Berridge as a member of St Michael’s is a Christian voice in the House of Lords.
“An estimated 76 per cent of the world’s population live in countries with high levels of government restrictions on freedom of religion or belief, or where they face high-level hostility due to their religious affiliations, and this figure is rising. That’s why I initiated this APPG – it’s time to act, and for Parliamentarians to take a lead.”
Baroness Berridge of the Vale of Catmose
St Barnabas Church Homerton, London E9
Once a poor white working class part of London, Homerton is now more mixed. There is still a lot of poverty, but some of the streets are becoming gentrified. It is very multi-ethnic and diverse church.
On Sunday mornings they have around 80 adults at worship, and 30 young people. Kids Club caters for 3 – 11s on Sunday morning and Pathfinders for teenagers. There is a monthly group for men (‘Meat for Men’) and for women (‘Wonderful Women’). A morning and an evening Home Group meet weekly. They also run a Christianity Explored course each autumn.
Rev Clive Main has been the Rector since 2012, assisted by two Readers. The church supports Ben and Katy Ray, CMS mission partners in Iringa, Tanzania, where they direct the Neema Crafts Project.
St Michael’s School, Kilolo, Tanzania
St Michael School, Kilolo, is an Anglican secondary school within the Diocese of Ruaha in Tanzania situated 35km south east of Iringa at an altitude of 6,200 feet above sea level. It is open to students of all religious denominations. The school opened in 2005 as a project with the charity Soapbox. Its development was the inspiration of Bishop Donald Mtetemela, first Bishop of Ruaha who had a vision for a secondary school which would give the people a future.
St Michael’s attracts pupils from far and wide and has continued to expand with continued support from visits by Soapbox. The school has gone from strength to strength and now numbers nearly 400 students. Despite only having been open for 6 years, it now ranks within the top 15% of schools nationally in Tanzania.
The Vicar at St Michael’s church Kilolo is Rev. Joshua Mkoga.
The headmaster of the school is Philip Magawa.
Faith Church, Plano, Texas, USA
Faith Church began in 1996 as a mission church sent out from Christ Church, Plano, with 36 families. Revd. John Clifford and his wife Nancy planted this church, and under their care, the parish has grown into a mature community.
Three more ordained clergy members have come from within the congregation, each with a specific mission emphasis, including the start of a new Hispanic congregation.
Faith Church seeks to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ by partnering with local underprivileged communities, and by supporting international Anglican missionaries. The youth of Faith strengthen their love of Christ through regular study of Scripture and downtime together, summer camp experiences, and in leading the congregation in worship on occasion.