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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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

 

A voluntary network of Christians who long to see evangelism and renewal become part of the heartbeat of our denomination, 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 2020 Christmas Collection was Operation Mobilisation.

Established in 1957 by George Verwer, OM is a dynamic, international Christian missions movement. In the OM family of ministries, there are 5,000 workers representing over 113 nations in more than 110 countries and in world port communities, through their ship, Logos Hope.

They are a global community of Jesus followers united to share the love of Jesus with those that don't know it.

History

Operation Mobilisation traces its roots to the prayers of an American housewife. In the 1950s, Dorothea Clapp began to pray faithfully for the students in her local high school. She asked God to touch the world through the lives of the young people. And God answered her prayers.

Mrs Clapp's son gave the Gospel of John to one of the students, who later gave his life to the Lord at a Billy Graham meeting. That young man was George Verwer, the founder and former International Director of Operation Mobilisation.

At college, George and two friends met regularly to pray. They became burdened by the spiritual needs of Mexico. In 1957 the three friends sold some of their possessions to raise money and gave up their summer holiday to distribute Gospels and other Christian literature in Mexico. The friends returned to Mexico the following summer and the next.

When they graduated in 1960, George and his friends traveled to Europe. They began work in Spain, sharing the Gospel and distributing literature. But the task of reaching the whole of Europe seemed overwhelming. George and his small team realised that God's plan was to mobilise His Church to reach the nations. As they began to share their vision, hundreds of Christians responded. So Operation Mobilisation was born. By 1963, 2,000 Christians had joined summer outreach teams in Europe. At the same time, teams moved into the Indian sub-continent and the Muslim world. Their commitment was to reach those who had never heard the Gospel.

Such simple beginnings have shaped OM since. Today over 3,300 workers in OM's family of ministries, representing over 100 nationalities, are bringing God's unchanging truth to literally millions every year.


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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