Along with many churches, we have a long history of supporting a number of Christian organisations in their work both within the UK and overseas. Each year we invite them to visit and give an update on their work and we give a percentage of our income to support their work.
For 2021 there are 5 National charities we support. This is periodically reviewed. A smaller grant has been given to the local Church of England School, in addition at local level in Cranleigh, we support Jigsaw Plus School, Rowleys Community Centre and the Community Fund.
Of course much of what St Nicolas is about, is seeking to share the Good News of Jesus Christ in a variety of ways - all of it is Mission!
We live in a world where too many people don’t engage with the Bible. 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. By working hard here at home and in key areas across the world change can happen. The Bible Society 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. Our efforts in support through the local group, Bible Society Cranleigh, are driven by one conviction: we believe that when people engage with the Bible, lives can change – for good.
Right now, in Britain today, there are children and young people who feel scared, unloved and unable to cope. These are the children and young people the Children's Society work with. At St Nicolas, we raise donations towards their work through the Christmas Tree Festival and the annual Christingle service.
Happy Child offer provisional full time integrated care and protection for vulnerable young mothers and their babies, who may have been subject to violence or whose lives may have been endangered in some way. Happy Child has a unique project-home in the North East of Brazil to care for teenage girls who may have been sexually abused, or have endured different forms of violence, or are pregnant and have nowhere to go. Some of them are already mothers at the age of 14 and arrive in the project with their babies. St Nicolas holds a special Sunday in the year to raise funding for this caring project.
USPG – United Society Partners in the Gospel was founded in 1701. They are an Anglican mission agency that partners churches and communities worldwide in God’s mission to enliven faith, strengthen relationships, unlock potential and champion justice.
This is A Rocha's 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;
engaging with churches, schools, communities and individuals.
Part of the worldwide family of A Rocha organisations committed to conservation action as an expression of Christian mission, they work collaboratively with others who share their passion for the planet and the desire for its flourishing.
At St Nicolas we entered the Churchyard in the 2019 Britain in Bloom competition which required a dedicated effort over many months of preparation, to clear, clean and plant for this very special part of Cranleigh - the reward - a Silver Guilt medal. The looking after of the Churchyard remains close to what we can offer in this very topical subject of conservation and 'green' related issues.