We help practically through the involvement and engagement of KPC members in mission situations.
We give financial support. In 2020 we gave gifts totalling £32,000 spread across the organisations and churches listed below.
Tearfund – In the last couple of years, KPC has supported Tearfund’s “No Child Taken” project against trafficking in India. In view of changing needs this year – including implications of the Covid 19 pandemic – our gift has been made to Tearfund’s “where the need is greatest” fund. We also have a history of KPC members visiting projects in Uganda, Zambia, South Africa and Haiti.
More about Tearfund
Education for Life, Kenya – “Helping improve the lives of children in Africa”. Our involvement began with a visit by our young people and leaders in 2013 to Timbwani. Personal contacts have continued. including water aid projects and a further visit by 5 of our people to the school in July 2019.
More about Education for Life
IcFEM (Kimilili, Western Kenya) – An indigenous Kenyan organisation with a mission of smooth integration of community development, evangelism and innovative provision of holistic care. IcFEM aims at building people, especially in rural areas, both spiritually and practically to become self-supporting. Several visits to support the work in Kimilili have been made over the last five years and our links continue.
More about IcFEM
International Needs – A worldwide development agency working to help families suffering through poverty and crises to create a sustainable future, seeking to serve God and bring people the good news of Jesus.
More about International Needs
Malawi Task Group – Birmingham Diocese has a longstanding project to support schools and churches in Malawi.
More about CofE Birmingham Malawi link
Diocese of Bolivia – Our vicar Geoff Lanham has had significant involvement with the churches in Bolivia. At the start of the year we sent a gift for the support the family of one of the pastors in a particularly difficult situation. A further gift towards diocesan stipends has been sent to support 5 church pastors whose incomes have been drastically reduced in 2020 because of the Covid 19 pandemic.
Reachout Network Ministries – A Christian organisation primarily providing support for homeless people in Birmingham. Our gift was to enable them to update volunteers’ DBS checks and to provide Christmas boxes (food, clothing and a Christmas treat) for some of their guests and their families.
More about Reachout Network Ministries
Chaplaincy Plus – A Christian organisation run for the Birmingham business community, irrespective of faith; supporting people, encouraging organisations and helping people live life to the full.
More about Chaplaincy Plus
Scripture Union – Ongoing support to SU’s work, particularly in the light of our focus on the WordLive bible reading aid – used by many KPC members.
More about Scripture Union
Urban Saints – KPC’s Children’s team uses the teaching resources produced by Urban Saints.
More about Urban Saints
Other CofE Birmingham Churches
St John’s, Sparkhill – Our main practical involvement is supporting their foodbank – the Narthex Centre – through our collection of food cans in church for Harvest Sunday and collections at other times at Tesco in Knowle. We also support St John’s Church – now in our enlarged Deanery of Yardley and Solihull.
More about St John’s and the Narthex Centre
St Christopher’s, Springfield – We have a long-standing links in supporting the Springfield Project and provide financial support for their Parish Missioner, Kam Kaur.
More about St Christopher’ and the Springfield Project
St Andrew’s, Chelmsley Wood – We have had a great relationship with this church through their vicar Mike Harmon (up to April 2020), who was a member of KPC prior to training for ordination. Members from Knowle support and serve at St Andrew’s as treasurer and in assisting worship (prior to Covd 19). We help with gifts to provide items and facilities they might otherwise lack.
Relief work by 7 CoE Birmingham churches – A gift distributed based on specific needs identified through CofE Birmingham.
1) Aston Parish Church towards their Aston and Nechells Foodbank
2) St Germain’s Edgbaston for their food support and wellbeing project
3) St.Thomas Garretts Green for their food bank project
4) St. Gabriel Weoley Castle for youth and children’s support work
5) St. Margaret Short Heath for support work with families and older people
6) St. John’s Ladywood for support work with families and young people
7) Holy Trinity Smethwick for their food and support project
St Philip’s & St James’ Dorridge – A gift from KPC towards the church building project in Dorridge.
St Philips and St James website