Katherine Miccinilli, Member of the Chaplaincy Council explains our Mission Plan:
We are very happy to announce that, as of 2016, the combined parishes of Bruges, Ostend and Knokke-Heist will be giving 10% of their chaplaincy fund income to mission and charity. All that we have we receive from God, so it is our honour to be able to give a small part back to Him for the furthering of His kingdom.
You might be wondering why the Council has made this decision and how the amounts have been decided. Well, our starting point, as usual, is the Bible.
As individuals, God calls us to give and to tithe (Leviticus 27:30), and in fact so many of us give to churches and charities. God also calls us to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’ (Matthew 28:19-20). We can act upon this calling even as a church and have a far-reaching impact. Therefore, by giving a tenth of our joint first fruits to mission, we are trusting that God will use little us to make an impact upon our community and beyond.
The plan is to support four projects per year; these can be projects carried out by a church member or projects managed by larger charities.
The table below is the breakdown of our support to our various mission partners in 2016.
|Period||Mission Project||Amount given|
|January to March 2016||Mercy Ships (international)||250 euros|
|April to June 2016||Poverello (Ostend)||210 euros|
|July to September 2016||Blind Centre (international)||333 euros|
|October to December 2016||De Berkjes (Bruges)||200 euros|
|Memorial fund 2016||Exodus Vision (for Malawi)||525 euros|
|Bishop’s Advent Appeal||St Johns Church Casablanca||140 euros|
CURRENT APPEAL (April, May, June):
In the second quarter of the year we are supporting DESO (Disabled Equipment Sent Overseas). This UK-based charity provides special equipment, support, education, and training to children and adults with disabilities and the physically challenged in Ghana. Find out more on the DESO website.
Our appeal for January, February and March was in support of the St Egidio mission in Belgium.
Donations welcome by bank transfer to the Chaplaincy Fund:
IBAN BE07-0682-4964-3166 (BIC: GKCCBEBB)
The Council welcomes proposals from church members for other charities and missions to be supported and will decide at each meeting which project to support in the following trimester. Please contact Rev Augustine to submit your proposal.
We are excited about this new development and look forward to seeing God in action in our community and beyond!
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” Malachi 3:10.