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Mission partners

Local mission

St Mary's enjoys the patronage of The Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS). The Society is an Anglican evangelical mission agency working with churches mainly in the UK and the Republic of Ireland providing them with support. Its mission is to enable churches to help every person hear and discover the good news of Jesus Christ.

It also has responsibility (in collaboration with church,... Read more

X:site aims to be a place where children can unite together from churches across their area and be excited and encouraged in their faith and feel part of the wider Christian community in a town/ city. We also recognise that even where churches have regular contact with only a small number of children, those children are in contact with many more children.Therefore, X:site also aims to be a... Read more

It is a roaming night shelter which is located at various churches in the Swindon area to provide food and shelter to those who would otherwise be on the streets. Our vision is to be able to offer a safe, warm and secure place to spend the night for anyone over the age of 18 who has nowhere else to sleep. Everyone needs to be accepted and treated with dignity. In a world of homelessness,... Read more

We support the principle of Fairtrade and where possible use their products for catering within our church. For more information on Fairtrade go to www.fairtrade.org.uk

Shinepinehurst is an initiative of the Bristol Diocese working with residents of Pinehurst exploring what Church might look like on the estate in the 21st Century. Every week there are a range of activities including work in the local school, Youth & sports groups, community activities and a monthly 'Messy Saturday' event for ages 0-100!

Swindon Youth for Christ is a dynamic and innovative Christian faith based youth work organisation that has been working with the young people of Swindon for over 60 years. Its mission is to take and be good news, in relevant ways, to young people in Swindon. SYFC are heavily involved in most of Swindon's secondary schools, building relationships with young people, taking assemblies and... Read more

Swindon Foodbank is managed and financed by Swindon Christian Community Projects (SCCP) and is affiliated to the Trussell Trust Foodbank network. Many of us have friends and family to turn to when the unexpected happens. But what if you had no family or your family could no longer help? Where would you go? What if the children were hungry, and you’re not sure where the next meal is coming from... Read more

Street Pastors Swindon is an initiative of the local churches, working together with the Police and the Local Council. It is part of a national initiative run by a charity called the Ascension Trust. It aims to provide support to those enjoying a night out who find themselves in difficulty. Members of our church are involved with this important work.

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is a free debt counselling charity operating country-wide. You can visit their website (www.capuk.org) for more information about the organisation and how it can help you. At St Mary's we offer money courses, based on material from CAP, which help people (who may or may not be in debt) to manage their income more efficiently. ... Read more

World mission

Serving in Mission (SIM) incorporating MECO UK & Ireland
MECO (Middle East Christian Outreach) is a team of people who share God’s heart for the Middle East. Our aim is to encourage national churches as they engage in effective witness to Christ. St Mary's supports the work in the Lebanon where the organisation's activities... Read more

St Mary's support Alf and Hilary Cooper in Chile through the Church Missionary Society (CMS). Alf is an Anglo-Chilean who became a South American Missionary Society (SAMS) mission partner in 1975. Hilary is the sister of Terry Barratt (who also worked in Chile and whom we supported until his retirement) and she and Alf have pioneered many initiatives in evangelism, discipleship and church... Read more

St Mary's has supported work in Byumba Diocese in Rwanda through CMS since soon after the civil war of 1994. At that time Meg Guillebaud, who had been born in Rwanda to missionary parents, was a curate at St Mary's. The Bishop of Byumba invited her to return to Rwanda to help rebuild the church following the destruction of attempted genocide and mass reprisals. Following Meg's retirement to... Read more

St Mary's supports the work of Tearfund through prayers, and through a special collection each year during our Harvest services. Describing themselves as "Christians passionate about ending poverty", the Evangelical Alliance Relief Fund (Tearfund) is a major aid agency.