We are currently supporting the missions and charities listed below until the end of 2021.
Church Mission Society
CMS was founded in the City of London on 12 April 1799. Most of the founders were members of the Clapham Sect, a group of activist evangelical Christians who included Henry Thornton MP and William Wilberforce MP. The founders of CMS were committed to three great enterprises: abolition of the slave trade, social reform at home and world evangelisation. The overseas mission work of CMS began in Sierra Leone in 1804 but spread rapidly to India, Canada, New Zealand and the area around the Mediterranean. Today, CMS is committed to evangelistic mission, working to see our world transformed by the love of Jesus, and works in over 35 countries. From 2020 we are supporting CMS Africa, an independent part of the CMS family, mainly serving the people of East Africa, which therefore includes Uganda.
For many years until her retirement in 2019, our CMS Link Missioner was Ann Moore, a paediatric nurse working at Kisiizi Hospital in south-west Uganda. She was particularly involved in training the nurses on the children’s ward of this Christian hospital. Kisiizi Hospital is the best hospital in the south-west part of Uganda, where our Rukiga friends live and although not very near for them, is the hospital they use when the medical condition is serious and more than local medical facilities can manage. Kisiizi Hospital has been visited by a number of people from St Giles’, when we have visited our Rukiga project. Its facilities are excellent compared with anything else in south west Uganda. As well as the usual departments it has maternity (where Ann was based), paediatrics, psychiatry, rehabilitation, HIV, dental, for both in and out-patients in every case.
You can read Ann Moore’s final Link letter here Ann Moore Link letter February 2020
A Community to Community link between Ickenham – with a population of 10,000 people and Rukiga in South West Uganda – with a population of 10,000 families. The two communities are, in many ways worlds apart, but wish to share their experiences, skills and resources for mutual support. St. Giles’ Church and Ickenham United Reformed Church promote the project amongst our community of Ickenham. We work to improve the quality of life for our friends in Rukiga, through a range of programmes, but we also have much to learn. www.clickrukiga.org.uk
Hillingdon Street Angels
The Street Angels’ aim is to provide Christ’s love in a needy world through engaging with people on the streets who use the night time entertainment sector within the borough. They offer care, listening and practical help. Hillingdon Street Angels has been successfully running in Uxbridge since October 2009. There are currently around 20 Street Angels who work, on a rota basis, each Friday night between 10pm and 4am. The Street Angels are all volunteers from local churches who generously give of their time to work in all types of weather. www.hillingdonstreetangels.org.uk
Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. Working in over 60 countries they provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes helping people, regardless of religion or race. At St Giles’ we (together with our friends at Ickenham URC) support Christian Aid by organising a house-to-house collection across as much of the parish as we can manage as part of Christian Aid Week (held in May each year). We also hold fund-raising Christian Aid lunches several times a year. www.christianaid.org.uk
A Rocha – www.arocha.org.uk
A Rocha UK is a Christian charity working for the protection and restoration of the natural world as a response to the biblical mandate to care for the earth, and a demonstration of the Christian hope for God’s world. They do this through practical involvement in nature conservation projects and ecological research; campaigning on biodiversity issues; and engaging with churches, schools, communities and individuals. In the UK, A Rocha is based at Southall.
Shooting Star CHASE Children’s Hospice https://www.shootingstarchase.org.uk/
The local hospice for children and young people with life limiting or life threatening conditions.
Mother’s Union https://www.mothersunion.org/
Age UK Hillingdon http://www.ageuk.org.uk/hillingdon/
iSingPOP – https://www.isingpop.org/
iSingPOP is a primary school music project that brings together school, church and community. Thousands of children are given the opportunity to record their very own album and perform a live concert in the local church.
Open Doors – https://www.opendoorsuk.org/
Open Doors is an international ministry serving persecuted Christians and churches worldwide.
The Bible Society – https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/
Working in over 200 countries, the Bible Society has a global mission to bring the Bible to life for every man, woman and child. They translate and distribute Bibles round the world so people can experience the Bible in their own language.