The church’s mission is to serve God, both in making the Christian faith known and in working to feed the hungry, bring justice to the oppressed, and help to the poor and powerless. Some of this we can do locally, but we also support those who work with these aims elsewhere in the world and we also support Tear fund in its more general development work.
In The World
We have personal links with two couples who are working in different parts of the world. Louis and Maribel Woodley in Bolivia, and David and Sari Gardner in Romania.
During the past few years they have established a church in Alpacoma, a poor neighbourhood just outside La Paz, where previously there had been no church. They have now moved on to work in Potosi, but are in temporary accommodation while they look for more permanent lodgings.
David and Sari are working with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Romania. Their village is in a Hungarian-speaking part of Romania, and they are working initially on a study booklet in Romani. This is the language of the Romany people, who for the most part are no longer nomadic but remain a distinct ethnic group.
Tear Fund is a Christian organisation working with local people worldwide to bring sustainable, lasting change to the poorest of the poor. Many charities have similar aims, but Tear Fund works with local churches to identify the poorest people, who often escape the notice of other aid organisations.
“The Bible asks Christians to ‘act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God,’ (Micah 6:8). So part of being Christian is standing up against the injustice of poverty – the grinding reality for so many people around the world today.”
Affiliate Partners and Missionary Organisations
As a church, we are members locally of Churches Together in Saffron Walden, and nationally of the Evangelical Alliance. We are members of Partnership, a charitable organisation providing support to independent local churches. We also support Saffron Walden Street Pastors who are a national group who are there to listen, care and help their local community on the streets, on Friday evenings.
Stort Valley Trust
The Stort Valley Schools Trust is a local organisation working to bring the truth about God into primary and secondary schools up and down the Stort valley (and a little beyond!). SVST workers lead assemblies and run clubs at those schools to which they are invited.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School (VBS) has been running in the Saffron Walden area for over 45 years. Organised by Saffron Walden Community Church, (formerly Gold Street Chapel) in collaboration with other local churches, VBS is a lively, fun week of Bible teaching, worship and activities for children aged 5-13 years.
From the age of 14, children may apply to attend VBS as Young Leaders, through which they learn about caring for others, setting a good example and sharing their faith with the next generation of VBS children.