We support many people and charities in different ways. For more details of each one click on the link below. Each logo is a link to the charity's own website.
Church Representative - John Midgley
Bovey Tracey Youth Café was set up by a group of like minded individuals who recognised that Bovey Tracey and the surrounding area had a potential problem with the lack of facilities for teenagers.
Local and national charities funded the purchase and setting up of the Café in Fore Street, which opened in March 2002. Revenue funding has been increasingly difficult to source and the Town Council has recently stepped in to help. The goal is to secure the future of the Café by spreading the funding load and thereby freeing up our Managers so that they will be able to concentrate on their work with the young people.
The services offered to teenagers range from 'somewhere to go', various different activities, to support, help and information on a range of issues to empower young people to stay healthy and safe, (including healthy eating, sexual health and drug and alcohol abuse). However, the personal involvement goes further than that and the young adults find they always have someone to talk to when, as we all know, this can, sometimes, be difficult at home.
Since the Café came into existence it has helped to reduce antisocial behaviour in Bovey, responsibility amongst the young has greatly improved and the town is receiving a direct benefit from its existence.
Church Representative - vacant
Bethany is spending two years serving in Johannesburg, South Africa, alongside Crosslinks Mission Partners James and Lucy Buchanan.
70% of the population of South Africa are under the age of 35, but there is a shortage of church workers who are trained to minister specifically to children, teenagers and young adults. Bethany plans to go to Johannesburg in July 2017 to serve the youth and children at Hope Church Auckland Park. The church is led by Crosslinks Mission Partners James and Lucy Buchanan. James is the Senior Minister and Lucy is involved with pastoral care, small-group bible studies and children’s and youth work. The church is growing fast but growth brings with it real challenges, including the need for more workers.
Bethany will be involved with the church’s Sunday school, toddlers’ group, after-school club and youth camp. She will lead small-group and one-to-one bible studies with girls from the youth group and go into local schools to share the good news of Jesus in assemblies and lunchtime clubs.
Bethany plans to work at Hope Church for two years, using the skills and experiences that God has given her to serve the local community. She longs to grow in the knowledge and love of God herself, and explore whether or not God might be leading her to serve him in overseas mission long-term.
Bethany has served in overseas mission with Crosslinks three times before – in Uganda, South Africa and Kenya. On her previous trip to South Africa - in 2013 - Bethany served for 10 months at the Lily of the Valley Children’s Village. During this time, God grew in Bethany a real love for the people and the country of South Africa. Following this, Bethany trained as a Ministry Assistant at St Leonard’s Church in Exeter, where she helped with the children’s and youth work. Bethany loves seeing children and young people grow in their knowledge and love of the Lord Jesus and is looking forward to being able to use these skills and passions for the Lord in South Africa.
In order to live and serve in South Africa for two years, Bethany needs to raise £20,000. Please consider joining Bethany’s partnership team, praying with her and supporting her financially.
We at PPT have been asked to support Beth because of her Exeter connection: Graham was involved in her training through the Peninsular Gospel Partnership course.
Church Representative - Vacant
Christians Against Poverty is a debt counseling charity who are passionate about lifting people out of debt and poverty through their award winning debt help service and money management course, the CAP Money Course.
They started in 1996 when John Kirkby gave up his successful career in consumer finance to help people out of misery and poverty associated with unmanageable debt. They have now grown into a national charity with a vision to have a CAP Debt centre, opened in partnership with a local church, in every town and city across the UK.
Our local CAP Debt centre is in Teignbridge and is run in partnership with Mars Hill Church. They are always looking for people to be "befrienders" to those they are assisting. If you would like to find out more please contact the church office via our Contact Us page
Church Representative - Peter Francis
Falcon holidays are fun-packed, unforgettable, Christian holidays for 8-18s. They are especially designed for children and young people who face disadvantage in their day-to-day lives.
Each summer almost 30 holidays take place providing respite, fellowship and adventure to over 500 children and young people.
Their holidays are especially designed for fun and excitement featuring some of the following activities: outdoor pursuits, swimming, team games, theme parks, arts and crafts, farm animals and trips to the seaside.
As a charitable organisation, their aim is to provide subsidised, quality holidays for children and young people who face disadvantage and wouldn't otherwise get a holiday.
Falcon Camps are run by teams of committed and enthusiastic Christian volunteer leaders who are passionate about communicating - through their words and actions - God's love. Many children and young people hear and respond to the gospel message for the very first time on a Falcon Camp.
Church Representative - Ann Power
Open Doors is an international ministry serving persecuted Christians and churches worldwide. We supply Bibles, leadership training, literacy programmes, livelihood support and advocacy services. We also seek to mobilise the church in the UK & Ireland to serve Christians living under religious persecution.
In 2013, Open Doors delivered 2,355,250 Bibles and Christian materials, which averages out at 270 items every hour.
"These books have truly helped me to better raise my children. My enthusiasm for these books has caused me to share them with the people around me." - A refugee from Al Qusayr, Syria.
After becoming a Christian through Open Doors visits, he led his entire family to the Lord and is now studying the Bible.
Church Representative - Laurance Druiff
Tearfund are Christians passionate about ending poverty. They‘re following Jesus where need is greatest, working through local churches to unlock people's potential and helping them to discover that the answer to poverty is within themselves. When disasters strike, they respond quickly. They won't stop until poverty stops.
When a community lifts itself out of poverty, everything changes. Poverty does more than exhaust, starve, trap and kill people. It destroys their sense of worth, limits their horizons, robs people of the chance to reach their full potential. Tearfund’s call is to follow Jesus where the need is greatest. As Christians we long for new life and a new sense of worth for people. Tearfund do whatever it takes to end poverty and rebuild poor communities. They work through local churches, because they're Jesus’ body on earth, ready to care for the whole person - and the whole community - inside and out.
Church Representative - Charlie Beauchamp
The Christian Institute exists for “the furtherance and promotion of the Christian religion in the United Kingdom” and “the advancement of education”.
It is a nondenominational Christian charity committed to upholding the truths of the Bible. They are supported by individuals and churches throughout the UK.
They believe that the Bible is the supreme authority for all of life and hold to the inerrancy of Scripture. They are committed to upholding the sanctity of life from conception.
More information can be found on their website: www.christian.org.uk
Also on the website you can see how our MP has voted on various matters which are of concern to Christians.
It really is worthwhile writing to your local MP regarding issues you may have concern over – sign up to the Christian Institute and they can tell you what to write and to whom.
Church Representative - Steve McIlhenny
The Leprosy Mission is an international and interdenominational Christian medical mission which has been caring for leprosy sufferers since 1874. All the help this church and congregation gives enables LMS to minister, in the name of Jesus Christ, to the physical, mental and spiritual needs of the sufferers of leprosy.
Recently a mother of 4 has been helped, by our donations, to receive a wheelchair which has completely changed her life, and the lives of her children. She can now work and care for her children and is hoping to have prosthetic limbs fitted soon. Thanks to LMS.
Life changing work like this happens in several countries in the world, people with leprosy are still ostracised, as they were in Jesus’ day, which is soul destroying for both the sufferer and their families. Leprosy is treatable, but treatment needs to be started before bone deformity happens. The LMS not only provides the drugs to treat the disease it provides education, prosthesis, local health care, rehabilitation programmes and social and spiritual support for the sufferer, their family and their community.
Help raise money via ‘Lent Boxes’, saving used stamps, buying Christmas Cards and donating in other ad hoc ways.
Church Representative - Colin Coombes
Traidcraft is the UK’s leading fair trade organisation and we're dedicated to fighting poverty through trade.
Fair Trade Products - Our trading company, Traidcraft plc, sources products from farmers, growers and artisans across the world. At the heart of the company are the relationships developed with trading partners, helping them to develop skills and build sustainable livelihoods through trade.
PPT hosts a Traidcraft stall once a month after the morning service and once a month at the farmers market held in the town. Colin also runs the stall at the Methodist Church coffee mornings and by request at other events. Goods can also be ordered from him directly.
Development Projects - Traidcraft Exchange, is the only international development charity in the UK to focus on trade. They deliver projects across the developing world, helping people to build the skills, knowledge and confidence to work their way out of poverty.
Policy & Campaigns - The policy and campaigns team, part of Traidcraft Exchange, works to change unfair trade rules and company practices that affect people in developing countries, as well as raise awareness of injustices and build public support.