Sutton Baptist Church has always supported a range of charities. As well as The Baptist Missionary Society and Baptist Home Mission, we have supported the following:
We support Christian Aid in conjunction with our ecumenical partners during Christian Aid Week when we collect door-to-door and engage in various fund-raising activities. We also try to be generous when Christian Aid launches emergency appeals in response to some emerging humanitarian need due to war or natural disaster. We are proud to be partners with Christian Aid in their vital work in the developing world.
We have a special link with The Leprosy Mission as Dr Stanley Browne, one of the pioneers in leprosy treatment, was once a member of our church. Members have even travelled abroad to raise money for 'TLM' and to see first-hand the important work they do: the 'Ride for Recovery' in Bengal in 2001, the 'Trek for Treatment' in Nepal in 2003 and 'Trekking the Inca Trail' in Peru in 2005.
Members and friends also travelled abroad to South Africa in 2008 to support a 'build' organised by Habitat for Humanity. The result was a decent home for a family in a South African township who were previously living in a shack.
Tools with a Mission - 'TWAM' is the charitable arm of the Baptist Mens Movement. We have supported various of their projects. Most recently we collected old sewing machines which were refurbished and shipped to the developing world so that women could earn their own money.
In recent times we have also supported:
WaterAid - an international charity that transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation.
SmileTrain - a charity which provides cleft palate surgery to children in the developing world.
Sightsavers and Orbis - two charities which help blind people to see, prevent others from going blind unnecessarily, and support people to live independently if their sight loss can’t be undone.
This is only a selection of the charities we have supported and will continue to support!