Shanklin United Reformed Church

High Street, Shanklin, Isle of Wight. PO37 6LA
Registered Charity No. 1130459

A member of the Evangelical Alliance


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Support For Others

We Support

We seek to give away at least 10% of our income to other Christian work.  Some of the work we regularly support are:

Wight Churches
The 'God Bus' street outreach team on the Island
IoW Street Pastors
Isle of Wight Youth for Christ working among local young people
The Evangelism and Renewal Advocates (Revs Andrew and Sally Willett) employed by GEAR to promote renewal in the Holy Spirit and evangelism around the United Reformed Church
The Reformed Presbyterian Church of Uganda (see Kalasa below)
The work of Tearfund
Christian Aid week


Christmas Collections

We support a variety of other organisations through our annual Christmas Collections

The beneficiary of our 2019 Christmas Collection was, like our 2018 & 2017 Christmas Collections, the IoW Salvation Army Night Hostel.

The Salvation Army’s Isle of Wight Corps (church) opened its doors on 11th November 2019 to allow rough sleepers on the island to seek shelter throughout the cold winter months.

The church and charity’s homeless support unit joined Isle of Wight Council to help the local authority do all it can to ensure people experiencing homelessness did not have to bed down on the streets this winter.

The Salvation Army on the Isle of Wight brought rough sleepers in from the cold from 1st December 2018 until 31st March 2019 and worked hard to achieve the Housing Justice Quality mark for Church and Community night shelters during its first year of operation.

The Salvation Army already operates a street outreach intervention service that delivers personalised support packages to people experiencing homelessness on the Isle of Wight throughout the year.

The specialised team helped rough sleepers find whatever help is appropriate for their needs – including access to addiction support or mental health and wellbeing services – and links to other emergency accommodation provision.

The winter night shelter allowed The Salvation Army to go even further by providing hot food and a warm bed for the night; seven days a week, during the coldest months.

Details of previous Christmas collections can be found here

Kalasa, Uganda

Brian Harley, our Minister, visited the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Kalasa, (a village about an hour's drive north of Kampala) in October 1997, April 2002 and November 2006 during trips from the UK to encourage the various new congregations of what was a new and growing church in Uganda.  The building in the pictures below was roofed with the help of gifts from Shanklin and was subsequently named 'The Shanklin Block'.

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The Shanklin Block at Kalasa - classrooms at the church school that were begun in May 2002 during the visit by our minister who took with him gifts for this work.

Ugandan FlagThe building, which they also use as a school for orphans and five classrooms, has now been built alongside.  Meetings end when it gets dark around 6.00pm as there is no electricity.  Pastor Rev Martin Sebbugo and his wife Gertrude visited Shanklin in 1996, which led us to start sending regular gifts to help with their work and mission.

Information about supporting the work in Uganda, and also in Malawi, Ghana and Zambia, can be obtained through The Romans One Eleven Trust.

The Visit of the Sebbugos From Kalasa

Martin and Gertrude Sebbugo last came to Shanklin in May 2011. Here are three photos from their visit (click on an image to view a larger one)

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