Tearfund is an evangelical Christian relief and development charity working with local partners to bring help and hope to communities in need around the world.

St Thomas’ & Tearfund

The purpose of Tearfund is to serve Jesus Christ by enabling those who share evangelical Christian beliefs to bring good news to the poor.
Proclaiming and demonstrating the gospel for the whole person through support of Christian relief and development.
Working through a worldwide network of evangelical Christian partners
Encouraging partnership in prayer and support from Christians in Britain and Ireland
Seeking at all times to be obedient to biblical teaching

St Thomas’ & Tearfund
St Thomas’ started to support Tearfund in late 1969, during the ministry of Michael Christian-Edwards. The main focus of support then as now was a monthly Bread & Cheese Lunch where those who came were asked to donate the cost of their normal Sunday lunch.

This lunch has now run almost unbroken for 40 years and is thought to be the longest running focus event for the work of Tearfund. The lunch is held normally on the third Sunday of each month except September when we have the Harvest Lunch. Most lunches are just an informal meal of bread & cheese; occasionally we have a presentation about the work of Tearfund.
In November 2006 Tearfund launched its first long term project called Work a Miracle, this project is scheduled to run until 2015 and aims to raise £60 million to eradicate Aids in 42 partner countries. With the permission of Allan Coutts it was agreed that from November 2006 all donations from Bread & Cheese lunches would be allocated to the Work a Miracle Project.
These lunches are very friendly and informal and are enjoyed by both children and adults; there is no need to book, just turn up. If you need to know more about the work of Tearfund or Work a Miracle in particular, contact Hughie or Wendy Armitage.

Tearfund 2010
Global recession hits poor communities hardest, as exchange rates cut the value of Tearfund’s funding. Tearfund remains committed to their ten year vision: to release 50 million people from material and spiritual poverty through a worldwide network of 100,000 local churches.

When we launched Tearfund’s ten-year vision in 2006, we chose our words with great care,’ says Matthew Frost, Tearfund’s Chief Executive. ‘We asked supporters to “Be part of a miracle.” Not to “Be part of a revolution” or “Be part of a change.” We see from the life and teaching of Jesus that miracles are not dependent on favourable circumstances, but faith and determined actions combined.’