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St. David’s Church,  Broom Leys

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Mission and Charities Giving Policy - St. David’s Broom Leys

You will recall that in November 2014 (see below)the Mission Team proposed a revised strategy for mission and charitable giving.  This was agreed by the PCC.

In summary this provided for an incremental increase of giving between 2014 and 2016, from 6% (2014) to 8% (2015) to 10% (2016 and beyond).  In 2014 this sum was to be taken from planned giving but thereafter from planned giving, cash collections and tax rebates.

The recipients of this giving were agreed to be our Link Dioceses of Mount Kilimanjaro and Kiteto in Tanzania and Trichy - Tanjore in South India (35% each), Christian Aid (20%) and local church initiatives (10%).

In March 2016 the PCC agreed that our existing giving to Heartland Youth for Christ, the Haven Counselling Centre and Churches Together in Coalville would be included within the 10% allocated to local initiatives.

The aforementioned represents the current Mission and Charities Giving policy of St. David’s PCC.

This policy is due to be reviewed in November 2017.

Martin Mawby

Leicester Diocese has been linked with the Dioceses of Mount Kilimanjaro and Kiteto in Tanzania for many years. These links have been strengthened in recent years with the visiting of Tanzania by curates from Leicester. A similar link exists with the Diocese of Trichy in South India and both Andy and Rhona visited Trichy as part of their curacies.

As I am sure many of you remember, in January and February I visited Tanzania as part of this year’s trip to Tanzania, two weeks of new experiences and learning about the work of the church in a very different and challenging situation.

Since my return I have had the privilege of talking to many of you about my experiences and learning and how this is changing my ministry. I have also used some of my experiences in my preaching and will probably continue to do so.

I would like to invite you to share an evening during which we celebrate the link with Tanzania, hear more about the link and the work of the church there, hear how St. David’s Church might play its part in the link, and share in some Tanzanian style food. This is planned to happen on Saturday 13th May 2017, starting at 7.30pm, so please book the date now. More information will be shared very soon.

Revd. Neil Griffiths

Pastor Jasper of Toloha church on his motorbike bought through the link fund provided by Leicester Diocese. He has some of his growing church community and some clergy from Leicester around him.

“On Sunday 30th August, Reverend Andy Humm introduced us to the Diocese of Kilimanjaro and Kiteto in Tanzania which St David’s support and which is growing rapidly as Christ moves in that area of the world. More information can be found at http://www.leicester.anglican.org/diocese-office/international-links/the-dmk-tanzania-link.

Part of the mission statement regarding international links is shown below. Please go to the diocesan web site, shown in the above link, for videos and lots more information.

International Links

last updated on: 11th May 2015

Anglican Links Bishops commit to developing partnership in the Gospel.

Between April 27th and May 3rd 2015 the Bishops of Kiteto, Leicester, Mount Kilimanjaro, Trichy and Wyoming and clerical colleagues have been meeting in Jerusalem looking to develop further the existing links. In so doing the bishops are consciously seeking to model difference without division within the Anglican Communion. The bishops are committed to work and witness together and refuse to allow (potentially distracting) differences to eclipse their primary unity of faith in Jesus Christ and their common mission and ministry in His Holy name. Further to the conversations the five bishops agreed a number of affirmations, commitments and resolutions (follow this link).


Between Feb 3rd and Feb 8th 2014 the Bishops of Kiteto, Leicester, Mount Kilimanjaro, Trichy and Wyoming met in Trichy, South India to hold conversations looking at the existing links between members of this group and discuss the possibility of developing such links further. Conversations were held over five days including dedicated time studying scripture together and reflecting on the impact of particular texts personally and in terms of the bishops’ own contexts. Time was also given to worshipping together and experiencing some of the life of the Trichy diocese, including visits to a Christian Dalit community, the Srirangam Temple and church schools and hospitals. All of these ingredients helped forge strong working relationships in an atmosphere of generous hospitality from the Trichy diocese. This landmark meeting of Bishops from four continents was found by all participants to be enriching, inspiring and challenging by turns, a time of sensing the movement of the Holy Spirit, and a model in microcosm of the Anglican Communion at work across widely varied cultures and contexts. Further to the conversations the five bishops agreed the following affirmations, commitments and resolutions;


1. Joy in the partnerships already shared between dioceses, a continuing honouring of agreements already in place and commitment to more fully realising the promise these global links hold for future mission and ministry

2. The contribution of each other to God’s mission in the world

3. The continuing need to listen, learn and be enriched by each other through a deepening process of engagement

4. At diocesan, church community and individual levels affirming the significance of mutual support, encouragement and challenge in nurturing relationships across cultures as an expression of our communion in the Body of Christ and our openness to the movement of the Holy Spirit.

5. The developing of processes at diocesan and local level to enhance local mission (eg in growth of the church, depth of discipleship and engagement with the wider community) through our interactions and mutual resourcing.


The Bishops’ are committed to;

1. A spiritual and theological pilgrimage together of intensifying relationships, modelling a microcosm of the Anglican communion through mutual trust, sharing and cooperation in furthering God’s mission

2. Continually asking how we partner together in ways which keep Jesus Christ as our focus and centre, exploring how we understand Jesus Christ and our following of Christ in our different cultures.

3. Exploring in our own lives and that of our dioceses through these relationships how to develop greater transparency, honesty, mutual accountability, self-critique and openness to transformation.

4. Strengthening bi-lateral and other linkages between the five dioceses as the Holy Spirit leads, taking seriously the work of prayerful discernment and missional experimentation

5. Extending the present partnering more widely to leaders and Christian communities within our dioceses

6. Take seriously one another’s challenges (eg corruption, clergy training, growth, poverty, wealth etc) and collaborate practically, prophetically and persistently on addressing such challenges.

7. Take seriously the differences in modes of communication between our cultures and endeavour to be mutually understanding, flexible and responsive in communicating.


The Bishops’ resolve to

1. Meet between April 27th and May 4th 2015 in Jerusalem in a spirit of pilgrimage to continue conversations on the affirmations and commitments above, exploring doing so with at least one other senior leader from each of our dioceses as we seek to widen the circle of conversation and participation in partnership.

2. Be in quarterly contact (May, July, Oct & Jan) with one another as bishops between face-to-face meetings through coordinated communications (via Rev Dr Suresh Kumar and Canon Mike Harrison)and so forge a sense of on-going relationship and journeying together.

3. Share this statement with the relevant church bodies of our dioceses, inviting consideration of the affirmations and commitments outlined above with a view to deeper relationships in Christ between one another’s diocese.

Rt Revd Isaiah Chambala, Bishop of Kiteto

Rt Revd Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester

Rt Revd Stanley Hotay, Bishop of Mount Kilimanjaro

Rt Revd Paul Vasanthakumar, Bishop ofTrichy

Rt Revd John Smylie, Bishop of Wyoming

8th February 2014

The Warden of CSI Shanthi Nilayam Hostel, Vengamedu, Karur writes to us.

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Also see:

Tanzania Link News –2016, a year in review

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