Church of England Diocese of Guildford Merrow

Charitable Mission and Outreach

St John’s is supporting three Charities this year which, given the COVID19 pandemic, find themselves one way or another at the even sharper end of Need.

FOODWISE is our local charity and they have been cooking away to ensure that really affected families in Guildford get at least one cooked square meal a day. In one recent week they served over 2000 meals.

CHRISTIANS AGAINST POVERTY, a national charity with a big presence in Guildford, are being buffeted by requests for help from people out of work or whose finances are all adrift in these tumultuous times.

COMPASSION is an international Christian charity whose Child Survival Project in Haiti we support. Our contribution is a real help in keeping Covid19 at bay helping with hand washing, transporting mothers in labour to hospital when there is no transport, and offering grocery packs where the food stores are emptied.

Our ability as a church community to offer these charities financial help has been brought to standstill by the lockdown. We are therefore relying on the personal generosity of people, whom we realise are affected themselves, but who recognise that there are others in a worse situation than themselves.

You may also be interested in:

COVID-19 Emergency Appeal: Discover how you can help our Church Partners go even further in supporting the most vulnerable children, families and wider communities in this season.

15 testimonies from those facing COVID-19 in a poverty context.

COVID-19 prayer resources: Read the latest prayer requests from children and families around the world.

Here are some clips that you will find helpful:

“We rise as one” – this is a very short and powerful video: https://vimeo.com/461734363/678143abca

A brief general update from Sydney Muisyo, Compassion’s Head of Global Programme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVwrHjutXz0

I am sure you will agree that these are very encouraging videos!

If you feel able to contribute, you can donate online by clicking here and our Outreach Committee will ensure it is passed directly to our Charities.

Thank you

Robert & the Mission & Outreach Team.


The Mission and Outreach Committee is a sub committee of the PCC. Reformed in June 2019 it has met in alternate months to the PCC. The committee is chaired by Robert Avis, secretary is Jane Farquaharson and members are Sonya Graham, David Hunt, Hannah Pye, Barbara Lawrence and Cathy Thompson.