St Margaret’s is committed to be outward looking, supporting projects and initiatives beyond Rainham through prayer, action and money.
St Philip’s Tafara
Rochester Diocese has a link with the Diocese of Harare in Zimbabwe. Our own particular link is with St Phillip’s Church in Tafara, on the outskirts of Harare. It began in 1985 when to celebrate the 650th anniversary of St Margaret’s it was decided to raise £10.000 to complete the Church building in Tafara.
In 1994 a party from St Margaret’s visited St. Phillips Tafara
Since that time the link has continued, although at times communication has been difficult due to the political situation in Zimbabwe.
Amongst other projects we were able to help finance the garden project by Widows and Single Mothers at St Philip.
They were able to connect the water to the Rectory and finalise some repairs. This enabled them to embark on the youth; garden , fish and chicken rearing projects with the youth agreeing to spruce up and landscape the surroundings.
Revd Judy visited St Philips with a party from the diocese led by Bishop Brian. She stayed initially at the home of the priest of St Philip’s, Canon Phineas Fundira, discovering that many of the things we take for granted, such as regular electricity and running water, are not always available to our fellow-Christians there, but they rejoice in sharing what little they do possess, and make their visitors very welcome.
St Margret’s has a long standing relationship with Leprosy Mission who are an international Christian development organisation that diagnoses, treats and offers specialist care, including reconstructive surgery, to leprosy patients. Their aim is to transform and empower the lives of people affected by leprosy.
Leprosy is a disease of poverty and as well as providing healthcare, Leprosy Mission offer rehabilitation, education, vocational training, small business loans, housing and fresh water supplies and sanitation to tens of thousands of people each year. They are a springboard to restored health, self-sufficiency and renewed hope. Their services are provided regardless of religion or ethnicity, promoting equality and social justice.
The Bible Society
In some parts of the world, the Scriptures are difficult to access or are simply unavailable. In this country, the Bible is readily available but has lost its significance and its value is unrecognised by millions.
The Bible Society is working hard here at home and in key areas across the world to change this. They take the Bible and find ways to translate and distribute it, create digital formats, advocate for its place in society and help people relate to and make sense of it in their everyday lives.
All their efforts are driven by one conviction: belief that when people engage with the Bible, lives can change – for good.