Advent Gift Day 2018

We have so much to thank God for as we approach the end of 2018!

His goodness and grace has been shown to us in so many ways, as individuals, families, and as a church.

Recognising what God has done in the past builds our faith for what He will do in the future. As a church we have so much more to do as we press on with our 2020 Vision plan and, of course, it all costs money!

For the last two years the PCC set an ambitious target of £15,000 for the Gift Day and we were blown away by the amazing response as God surpassed our expectations! So, we are aiming for the same this year, buoyed by God’s abundant goodness and grace.

As in previous years, the PCC has decided to give the first part of our Advent offering to help fund mission projects overseas, with the rest being earmarked to fund our on-going mission and ministry here in Furzedown.

This year we will donate the first £3,000 equally divided between the ministry of Alun & Debbie Burt in Heideveld, South Africa with Crosslinks and the Onside Soccer Uganda Project which Rob visited earlier this year.

So, how might you respond to God’s kindness & faithfulness this Advent?

Could you give Him a one-off gift over and above your regular giving to express your gratitude for God's many blessings and to help fund our ongoing mission in Furzedown and beyond?


Special envelopes are available in the pews or from the Information Desk.

Thank you.


Alun & Debbie Burt in Heideveld, South Africa

Years ago, Alun and Debbie were part of our own family here at St James and after a short-term placement to South Africa, they returned in 2008 to work as Crosslinks mission partners at St Thomas' Church, Heideveld and at Arise, an organisation with a gospel focus helping vulnerable children.

Alun’s work includes teaching the Bible at St Thomas’ Church and discipling young men in a community deeply affected by the legacy of apartheid and stricken by drugs and gang culture.

Debbie raises the profile of fostering and adoption in the local church and supports families that have taken these steps.

Alun, Debbie and their four children, Likhona, Ilana, Malachi and Timothy are closely considered part of St. James Church and have shared with us that their finances are particularly tight for the next few years due to increased ministry costs



Onside Soccer - Uganda Project

Onside Soccer has had Christian outreach projects in Uganda since 2012. They have two projects in Uganda, one in Kampala (the capital city) and one in Mpigi (rural Uganda). Three Christian coaches are employed and they also have a team of volunteers who run weekly training sessions for young people aged 3 – 20 years of age, combining football training with evangelism and life skills.

On a weekly basis, 250-300 children attend training sessions, with higher numbers at holiday clubs. The project also trains Christian coaches in sports evangelism and works with various other Christian organisations across Uganda.

Funds would cover pitch hire, coach expenses, equipment purchases and would expand their projects to work with more young people. The aim is to see an increase in the number of young people attending the training sessions with all the life benefits that would bring, and an increased level of professionalism in the Onside Uganda staff.