All Methodists are members of the Methodist Missionary Society, but of course, we cannot all go out as preachers and missionaries. Instead, we can support those who do. The motto of our JMA collectors holds good for us all: to learn, pray and serve.
Junior Mission for All
Children and young people collect on a regular basis from friends and relatives. The money is divided 20% to home projects and 80% for overseas work (contact:Janet Parker). Apart from JMA contributions, money is also raised directly for home and Overseas Mission (Contact:Christine Burley).
Mission in Britain
Mission in Britain addresses a variety of issues: evangelical outreach (especially the work of Cliff College); youth work; chaplains to industries, prisons, hospitals and Universities; local radio; church expansion and interfaith relationships all come within its remit. Locally, we work with other churches in Mission Doncaster, and we contribute to the support of a Schools' Worker.
The Methodist Church in Britain nowadays supports local churches overseas to develop their own ministries, according to their local needs. We are kept informed of this work by visiting missionaries and other events through the year. (contact: Mrs Margaret Crompton.)
Methodist Women in Britain
Methodist Women in Britain is the umbrella organisation for all women's groups/activities in the Methodist church nationally, and is affiliated to the World Federation of Methodist Women. At present there is no local women's fellowship meeting, but a monthly Circuit meeting addresses issues of the day at home and overseas. A quarterly journal, Magnet, is available. (contact: Mrs Margaret Crompton.)
In a Birthday Scheme, members are encouraged to contribute on their birthday to medical work overseas, in appreciation of the high standard of medical care that is available to us in Britain. Currently we support Maua hospital, Kenya. (Contact: Mrs Heather Blacklock).
Our church takes part in the annual house-to-house collection in aid of this inter-denominational organisation which encourages self-help projects in needy parts of the world. We have also been enthusiastic supporters of 'MAKE POVERTY HISTORY'
We actively encourage the use of fairly traded products and use these for all our refreshments. There is also a regular 'Trade Craft' stall run by Sue Jones.
All we Can (formerly MRDF)
The church supports the work of this Methodist Relief and Development organisation on a regular basis and recently sent an additional donation of £2,500 to help with the work in Haiti after the recent floods
The church actively supports work in Cambodia with vulnerable children and young people. Lynne Barnett undertakes this work and spends most of her time in the country based in Siem Reep and soon to be moving to the capital Pnom Penh to offer training and development for workers in the field. In November 2016 an additional £1000 was raised and sent via Steve Willimott on his visit to Cambodia.
A number of years ago we extended our church with a new entrance porch, but we decided to raise money pound for pound for ourselves and also for the building of a new church in Varna, where Methodism is emerging after the decline of Communism. Although the project is over, contact is maintained with one of the ministers there. Lately we have sponsored the travel costs and hospitality of delegates to international meetings here.