Thank you from Kuluva Midwifery Training

Following our Gift Day in 2017 we sent £993.75 to help train midwives at Kuluva Hospital in Uganda. 

Kate Quarell, a CMS Mission Partner, wrote us this letter of thanks:


"I thought I would update you on how the money has been spent so far. The nursing students from CN13 cohort have recently received their results from their national final exams. These results enable the students to go to the Nursing and Midwifery Council in Kampala to register as nurses. However, not all students have paid their fees for their course for a variety of reasons. Consequently, the school withhold their exam results and certificate until the fees are completed, this is a standard procedure in Uganda to try to recoup fees owed. Hence the gift from St Mary’s is timely. I have spoken to the Principal to discuss the donation and which of the several students with debts would most benefit from assistance. Initially 3 students were identified but I have only met up with two so far. There are other students needing assistance but we are trying to see how they are able to contribute first before offering assistance. 

The first student is Simon, who is pictured holding his examination certificate. The church donated 450,000 UgSh (Approximately £98). His father is unemployed and takes no responsibility for Simon. He was dependent on his grandfather, a Reverend to support him. However, he retired during Simon’s course hence financial support became limited. Simon’s sister was trying to help him with the fees but at the time of the exams results Simon owed 1,000,000 Ug Sh (Approximately £218). He was greatly encouraged to be told he would be helped with half the debt. This help to motivate his family who managed to complete the other half so he was able to collect his exam certificate and can now register as a nurse. Please find attached his thank you letter.


The second student is Amon, a delightful caring student. His father died when he was young. His mother had been providing for him but unfortunately she developed a back problem which has been diagnosed as a prolapsed disc and is currently on traction so the money for Amon’s fees was diverted to pay for hospital care. His family have paid half of the debt and your church paid the other half, hence 493,000UgSh, approximately £108 was donated. I have attached Amon’s thank you letter. Like Simon he is now able to go to the Nursing and Midwifery Council to register as a nurse.


As you can image it is wonderful to see lives changed as both these young men can now start to earn a living and contribute to their families.

The third student identified is Eunice who currently owes 2,571,000UgSh (approximately £561). Her father has developed kidney failure and is receiving dialysis treatment in Kampala hence the money for Eunice’s fees have been diverted to his health care. Apparently the family have raised 1,000,000UgSh (Approximately £218) for her hence your church has paid 1,571,000UgSh (Approximately £343). The reason we have given her more than half is because her father’s prognosis is poor and the family have limited ways of income generating.  I have delayed sending this email as I was hoping that Eunice would have come to Kuluva so I could take her photograph but she lives in Lira, which is in Central Uganda which is over 5 hours away by car from Kuluva. This means that Eunice will need to find additional transport costs and her journey by public transport will take a day’s journey. As soon as she arrives I will take her photograph to send it to you.

Thank you so much for your wonderful help in supporting students at Kuluva. It really gives them hope and an opportunity to start their careers. It is also an encouragement and privilege for me to see delighted students receiving their results and having their hope restored, thank you.

Love, Kate"

28 August 2017


Our mission at St Mary's is to share the life-changing love of Jesus, serving our whole community

Sharing Jesus and serving the church community

We believe that as the Church grows in our love and understanding of Jesus then we will be better equipped and motivated to share the life-changing love of Jesus with others. As well as our regular services, we have a number of small groups, fellowship groups and youth groups which help us strengthen our faith and our love for each other. Further details of these groups can be found elsewhere on the website.

Sharing Jesus and serving the local community

Within the local community we look to share the love of Jesus through our relationships, our words and through providing practical help and support. 

Sharing Jesus and serving the worldwide community

Further afield we look to share the love of Jesus by providing prayer, financial and practical support to others who share our vision. This may be those called to a specific ministry nationally or internationally or those living or working in their local communities.

St Mary’s is committed to supporting specific mission activities through our financial giving. Recognising that God blesses us more than we could ever imagine we have an annual gift day and these funds are directed towards other projects that provide opportunities to share the life-changing love of Jesus with others.

To read more about our Mission Partners, please click here.

In addition to those ongoing partnerships, the church family also supported the following other projects financially through our Gift Day in May:

Children & Families Outreach and Nurture

As many of you know so well, Chippy is a very different town to that portrayed in the media. Sadly the wealth of a few masks the experience of many families of significant rural deprivation. Until recently, our ACE Centre provided a good level of support for some of these vulnerable families, but LA cuts mean that most of their services have been axed. People are now expected to make a 30 mile round trip to access any support or advice services.  Already the schools and Health Visitors are seeing the effects of these cuts, but we have been presented with an amazing opportunity to step in as a church and do something to fill that gap:

On Monday mornings we have been invited to run a ‘drop-in’ to support parents, and on Friday mornings, the school has offered us their hall to run a ‘stay and-play’ soft play session. Both of these openings will enable us to engage families who most need support, to signpost them to the support that they can access locally, and to build relationships with them.

We see that the that the levels of commitment and expertise required for this ministry are beyond our limited volunteer workforce and so recognize the need to employ a Children’s and Families worker to staff these sessions, to build a team to assist in that ministry, to continue to shape the way that we reach out to families in our community, and to coordinate our own children’s ministry.

Our vision to see families move from just-about-surviving to thriving in our community and surrounding area. 

Rafiki Thabo Youth Mission Bursary

Next summer, we have a brilliant opportunity to take a group of young people to Kenya on an overseas mission with the Rafiki Thabo Foundation (which was established in our Benefice by Jon Uglow). We plan for our youth to share the love of Jesus by serving communities which don’t enjoy the same privileges as us, not only practically but also by sharing our experience of God with other young people in a totally different culture.

Overseas mission can be totally life changing for many, and our hope is that the trip will help our young people grow in their faith as they are pushed well out of their comfort zones and witness God at work. We pray that we impact the people we meet, but also that we ourselves will be forever changed by our encounters and experiences. Just imagine the results if we can bring back those life lessons and faith-building moments to Chipping Norton and impact our whole community! 

Sustainability Project for Children's Ministry

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these" (Luke 18:16)

Nearly four years ago, we launched ‘OneWay’ so that families with children from 3-11 yrs-old could be served every Sunday and those children encounter Jesus for themselves in an environment specifically tailored to their needs. Quite obviously, though, the specific needs of a 3 yr-old are very different to those of an 11 yr-old and, as we’ve see more children join our church family, it’s been more and more difficult to cater for that whole age-span in the same space.

 Already that limitation has started to ‘hinder the little children’ from coming (and we have also lost a couple of great leaders who found the task unmanageable). We desperately need to adapt the space in the Parish Rooms in which they meet, so that we can split the children into 2 smaller age groups, making our Children’s Ministry sustainable and ready to embrace the further growth we anticipate...

Many of the other groups who use our Parish Rooms regularly would similarly benefit from the space being more versatile, so this project will also help us to serve our community better. 

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