THE WORD BECAME FLESH AND MADE HIS DWELLING AMONG US. WE HAVE SEEN HIS GLORY, THE GLORY OF THE ONE AND ONLY, WHO CAME FROM THE FATHER, FULL OF GRACE AND TRUTH. JOHN 1 V 14
FOR TO US A CHILD IS BORN, TO US A SON IS GIVEN, AND THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE ON HIS SHOULDERS. AND HE WILL BE CALLED WONDERFUL COUNSELLOR, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE. ISAIAH 9 V 6

Charities we support

Alzheimers Society http://www.alzheimers.org.ukAlzheimer's Society The local branch of the Alzheimer’s society meet on a regular basis at our Church for a sing song.

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The Change Foundation

http://www.thechangefoundation.org.uk/

changing lives through sport and dance

 

Our leading Aims are:

  • to take our young people on a journey of self development using sport and dance
  • to make our young people think about their future and especially about making themselves more employable and getting a job 

Cry in the Dark

Find out the latest news at Cry in the Dark on our Podcast page. Steve visited and talked to us on 4th January 2015 Cry in dark logo http://www.cryinthedark.org/ CitD is a Christian charity that supports two projects in North-eastern Romania; it was established in 1998, when 26 children were found living in appalling conditions in an orphanage in Bacau.  Its aim was to re-house these children and provide them with a safe, stimulating, loving environment.  In 2000 this was achieved and the children were moved into their new home – “Casa Lumina” purpose built by CitD.  Subsequently CitD has built Casa Albert – a centre providing palliative care services for children and young adults with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses, as well as much needed support for their families. A team of care workers also visit patients and families in their own homes. In order to maintain these projects, CitD relies upon the generosity of its supporters with both time and money.  The Good Shepherd has been delighted to support a number of innovative projects in aid of CitD, such as “Bike Romania”, a Balloon Race, and even the “hard hat challenge” – where volunteers went out to Casa Lumina to build some new bedrooms!  At the Good Shepherd we are looking forward to continuing our support for CitD. For more information, please go to the official website or speak to Karen Barker.

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Diamond Riding Centrediamond logo

www.diamondcentre.org.uk Diamond provides therapeutic riding and carriage driving for children and adults with disabilities. As part of the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), The Diamond Centre exists to provide disabled people with the opportunity to ride, carriage drive or vault at the level of their ability to benefit their health and well being.

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Home Starthome start logo

http://www.home-start.org.uk/

Home-Start is a national family support charity that helps parents to build better lives for their children. Our volunteers provide support and friendship to more than 32,000 families every year. Home Start Training

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Operation Christmas child 

Thank you for your filled shoe boxes for the Samaritans Purse charity.  We collected 121 shoeboxes in total.  Our boxes have been checked and dispatched to a warehouse in Guildford, ready for their onward journey to Kyrgyzstan, which borders China.  So far, around 7000 boxes have been checked by local volunteers, who are working at St Patricks Church in Wallington this year.

Speak to Jill White for more details. Box collection www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk The church supports the annual Operation Christmas Child initiative which is run by the charity Samaritan’s Purse. Each year we collect  shoeboxes filled with small gifts and wrapped with Christmas paper from the congregation. These are sent to less advantaged children around the world with a message of God’s love at Christmas.

The church provides volunteers to help staff the local warehouse where the boxes are checked and packaged for loading for their onward journey. The congregation donates over 50 shoeboxes each year and provides a small team of volunteers.

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St. Raphael’sSt Raphael's Hospice www.straphaels.org.uk A safe and reassuring service that is free of charge to all of our community. Since 1987, St Raphael’s has offered the special skills of Hospice care to those facing life-threatening illness living in the boroughs of Merton and Sutton (predominantly Wimbledon, Merton, Sutton and Cheam). The service is completely free of charge, and provides high quality medical and nursing skills, as well as support to family and friends. St Raphael’s fully recognises and respects cultural, ethnic and religious differences and patients of all faiths or none, are welcome at St Raphael’s. Medical, nursing and support staff do everything possible to relieve pain and sustain quality of life in an atmosphere of peace and comfort. In each case, Hospice care is tailored to  individuals needs.

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Sutton Community WorksSCW logo
 http://www.suttoncommunityworks.org/
Sutton Community Works is a charity overseeing the activities and projects of Sutton School and Street Pastors and also Sutton Foodbank.Our aim is to engage with the wider communities around us particularly in meeting social issues from a faith perspective. Sutton Community Works want to be in a position to meet the evolving needs in our communities. We seek to be a voice to the Council, the Police and local agencies in order to help the local church to meet community needs in our borough
Currently there are 15 member churches in Sutton Community Works although there are another 15 churches who provide volunteers, money and food donations to our various projects.
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Sutton Street Pastors: http://www.suttonstreetpastors.org/photo National and International Street Pastor Movement (WW HQ is in Merton!): http://www.streetpastors.co.uk/Tony with the torch Sutton Street Pastors comprise a growing group of ~ 60 volunteers, acting within a fast expanding national and international organisation of 9,000+. Street Pastoring brings together multi-denominational church volunteers and thoroughly trains them to be a source of help, support and a listening ear to anyone in need in any way on busy weekend evenings in our towns and city night life hot spots. The two links above capture our purpose, organisation history and background and address much of what you may wish to know. Or speak to Miranda French, Nick Boddy or Tony Sztypuljak – we all love to talk about our Street Pastor work, and how rewarding we and the people we help seem to find our role. And we are always interested to increase our numbers! We are all active members, going out one or two evenings a month, in teams of four or six, for one of two shifts that operate between 6:30 pm and 03:30 am 52 weekends a year. Local Sutton Minister, Mark Tomlinson, who preaches regularly in the Church of the Good Shepherd, is our brilliant and dedicated Sutton Coordinator and Leader. He would also love to explain more – see Sutton Street Pastor link for his details. Tony Sztypuljak (“Steeplejack”) A Sutton Street Pastor Mobile: 07900 163119 Email: tsztypuljak@uk.ibm.com

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Sutton Food Bank www.suttonfoodbank.org.ukSutton Food Bank Logo

Sutton Foodbank gives free emergency food to people in crisis, and continue to provide help and support until the appropriate agencies can step in. They are one of a network of foodbanks working to combat hidden hunger across the UK:   • 13 million people in the UK live below the poverty line, including 3 million children. • Many struggle to put food on the table. Thousands simply go without.   Sutton Foodbank is working to alleviate poverty and feed people in crisis in the London Borough of Sutton, by giving boxes of nutritionally balanced food and support to people experiencing emotional or financial crisis. Foodboxes contain 3 days worth of non-perishable food, meeting nutritional requirements and containing menu planners to help people to make healthy meals. Members of the Good Shepherd congregation volunteer to help Sutton Foodbank in their work, and church events collect resources to support them, such as important food items. Please speak to mark Crompton for more information.

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Sutton Schools Work http://www.suttonschoolswork.co.uk/

Latest newsletter sutton-schoolswork

The move from Primary school to Secondary school can be a challenging time for many children. Sutton Schoolswork want to support children during this time and have created a workshop called Transit to address some of the challenges and to share Christian stories from the bible of others who have gone through challenges and changes. How can you support this work? Click here

Easter Experience. Click here

Monthly Journal Click here

SSCW logo www.suttonschoolswork.co.uk Sutton Schools work was founded in 1995 to support the provision of collective worship across the London Borough of Sutton and to increase the knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith among children and young people. Sutton Schoolswork has two full-time schools workers, Sarah Gilkinson and Catrin Hubbard.  Sarah is the team leader for the primary schools and Cat for the secondary.  Their work includes assemblies, RE lessons, citizenship classes, sixth form conferences, events for Christian teachers, Christian Union lunchtime groups, seminars for parents, support and training of associates and church deputation visits.    They also work closely with local churches to provide and support events for children and young people.

Tyume Valley School

TVS creates educational opportunities for young people in Tyume Valley, a very deprived ex-Homeland area in the Eastern Cape in South Africa. Liz Hanks is a founder member of the charity, and the Good Shepherd Church has supported this charity in past. Speak to Liz or Nic Suggit or visit http://www.tvschools.org.uk/ or for a short video on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfmJJypWftgTuyme Valley school

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