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Home MissionWhat is Home Mission?

Home Mission is all about helping Baptist Churches and individuals to reach their mission potential and bring the love of God to their communities. It is the Baptist family purse, and each year, our Union has an appeal to raise money for Home Mission.  Please click here to view a one-minute video explaining what the Home Mission Fund is.  The fascinating history of Home Mission can be found on the Baptist Together Website.

How is the Home Mission Fund used?

Grants to local churches - these 200+ grants identified by regional associations include church planting, renewing local churches and mission project grants.  Through Home Mission, hundreds of lives have been affected and many have found faith in Jesus.

Regional Associations - who are engaged in mission development in each area, supporting established churches and new initiatives.

Specialist Teams - to resource churches in their work through legal, ministries and missional support. In addition, representing the mission of God in national ways such as engaging with the Government and speaking out on matters of faith.

Types of Grant and Eligibility

We offer three types of Grant:
  • Mission through Ministry Grants
  • Mission Project Grants
  • Special Ministry Grants
Mission through Ministry Grants
These grants are for church-based ministry, which will encourage and equip the church in its mission, They are normally only paid to churches with BUGB accredited Ministers, who pay their Minister the Home Mission stipend (or appropriate proportion thereof). They are also available for ministers-in-training and recognised ministers from other denominations in LEPs.

Churches seeking to apply for a Home Mission grant should contact their Regional Minister for an initial conversation.

Mission Project Grants
Mission Project Grants up to £1,500 will be given to encourage and enable Baptist churches to respond to the mission needs of their community as part of their ongoing work and ministry. They will be one-off grants for new projects or for a significant development within existing projects. These projects must have a mission focus, in that their main aim should be to benefit people from the community, which the church is seeking to serve.

Applications for Mission Project Grants will be considered throughout the year subject to available funds.

Before completing the application form, you should contact your Regional Minister.

Special Ministry Grants
Special Ministries are ministries not covered in any of the other categories; this may be a special initiative or a church planting/replanting situation.

Home Mission Stories

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Promoting Home Mission in Your Church

There are numerous resources available to help promote Home Mission in your church.  Details can be found here.  If you would like someone to come and talk about Home Mission at one of your services, please contact Amy Allen.

Giving to Home Mission

Every Baptist Church is encouraged to give a minimum of 5% of its income to Home Mission every year. If this were to happen, we would be able to continue to support new and established local churches in their mission and continue to fund your Association as we seek to inspire, connect and resource churches and missional communities across the Southern Counties.

Churches and individuals can give to Home Mission by contacting Amy, the Association Administrator Manager for bank details at: Amy

SCBA Home Mission Ministries in 2022

SCBA are supporting the following churches, chaplaincies and special ministries in 2022:

Anderson Baptist Church, Reading, BerkshireAnderson BC
- Partnering with a Nepalese fellowship
- Seeking to be a community which shares the good news of God's love for all
- "To be a community which shares Christ, makes disciples and reflects God's glory"

Barton Community Church, OxfordBarton
- Seeking to be authentic community bringing hope to the heart of Barton through making Jesus Known
- A diverse community of around 40 people who call Baron 'home' - an area of real deprivation.
- Planted by Headington Baptist Church in 2010 and continuing to partner with them

Colwell Baptist Church, Freshwater, Isle of Wightcolwell-bc orig
- A bible-based, family-friendly church in the village of Freshwater on the Isle of Wight
- Joining in with the mission of God, in reaching out to make disciples and to make a difference in God's world.
- Wanting to be a church in the community, for the community

Freemantle Baptist Church, Southampton, Hampshirefreemantle-1 orig
- A small community of Christian believers who try to share the love of God with their local community
- A growing church made up of people from all walks of life and from different backgrounds and cultures
- Working alongside the families in the community

Gosport Waterfront Baptist Church, HampshireGosport Waterfont BC
- Seeking to present the gospel message of love and peace through Jesus Christ to a new generation and in a new and fresh way for the 21st century
- A rich heritage of long and faithful witness in Gosport
Settling into a new building with a new minister

Guernsey PACEGuernsey PACE
- Creating opportunities for children to explore the Christian faith
- Connecting schools and churches; communicating Christian beliefs and values; creating space to explore faith
- A dedicated team of schools workers and volunteers who support teachers by leading assemblies, lessons, lunch clubs and Prayer Spaces

Iford Baptist Church, DorsetIford BC a
- A warm and welcoming Baptist Church with a great building, in a beautiful location close to the River Stour.
- A 'small' church with a mainly 'older' congregation who want to share the hope they have with those around them, both in word and deed.
- Well placed to engage with the local community - both the residents with whom they have good relationships and those who visit the river for recreation.

Orchard Baptist Church, Bicester, OxfordshireGraven Hill
- Taking responsibility for outreach on the rapidly growing self-build development at Graven Hill
- Aiming to serve and bless the residents of Graven Hill by building personal relationships and building community in order to help to influence the forming culture to be one of joy, peace, justice, love & grace
- "Building kingdom values in the foundations of this community"

REInspired, Reading, Berkshirere-inspired-4 orig
- Delivering RE lessons on Christian topics in the local RE syllabus that range from Christmas and Easter sessions to more challenging topics such as death and difficult questions
- Working with teachers to tailor sessions to meet specific learning objectives and develop new sessions to meet the way individual schools implement the local RE syllabus

Shinfield Baptist Church, Reading, BerkshireShinfield BC
- A dynamic church made up of people from all walks of life and from different nations
- Renewing the Baptist Church at Beach Hill which had closed, with a small team from SBC, supported by the church as a whole
- Have been busy building relationships in the village and organising different activities that have been well supported and appreciated

Stow on the Wold Missional Listener, GloucestershireStow on the Wold
- Joining with Chipping Campden Baptist Church in calling a Pioneer Missional Listener
- Listening to people's stories, getting involved in the local primary school as a school governor
- "Finding ways to join with God in and around the community"

The Meeting Place, Westbourne, West SussexThe Meeting Place
- A refurbished Victorian chapel building which hosts various community activities and is base camp for a missional community headed up by Pioneer Minister Neil Attewell.

Warren Park Cafe Church, Havant, HampshireWPPC 1
- A small friendly group exploring life together through the teachings of Jesus
- Church gatherings always starting with food and teaching is creative and relevant to the people on the housing estate
- Discipleship happening incarnationally on the housing estate and in the local school