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Charitable grants

We've been helping to protect the life and work of churches since 1905. But we've always been committed to providing more than just insurance.

We're passionate about supporting people and organisations who, like you, really make a difference by enriching the lives of others.

One way we do this is through our grants giving to the Baptist family including evangelistic projects. The money is used to provide Baptist related causes with the funding they need to develop evangelical initiatives or local Baptist community.

Over the past ten years alone we've given almost £1.5million and we're keen to build on this further. That's why, by insuring your home with us, not only will you get great cover, you'll also know that available profits are invested back into the Baptist community and evangelical projects. 

Please note, the next cut-off date for grant applications being reviewed by the Baptist Insurance Grants Committee is Tuesday 16 October 2018. Please ensure your grant applications are submitted before this date.   

Successful grant applications

Here are a selection of successful grant applications that have been awarded by the Baptist Insurance Grants Committee.

  • Youth for Christ

     
    Youth for Christ (YFC) is all about taking good news relevantly to every young person in Britain. The charity does this through its 70 centres and projects located across the UK, producing discipleship resources and mobilising touring missions teams. 

    One of the charity’s projects is YFC One, a Christian gap year programme for young people aged 17-24. As part of the gap year experience, young people have the opportunity to join a touring team using their skills and talents in sports, music and dance to share the gospel in a variety of settings. One of these touring teams is a band called ‘The Sense’. The band consists of talented young vocalists and musicians who present the gospel to young people across Britain through music. The band can travel between 10 - 15,000 miles a year visiting youth clubs, schools and churches across the country. 

    Prince Laryea, Director of Mission at YFC, says: “The grant came at the perfect time and was such an incredible moment of provision. After the Sense's van and all their equipment was stolen, the grant from Baptist Insurance meant that we were able to replace the van with a much better, more reliable vehicle. Without it, the band would have been grounded so being able to buy a new van has meant that we are able to continue our mission reaching thousands of young people with the good news of Jesus."

    To find out more about YFC, their gap year programme or how you can invite a touring team to your church, visit their website www.yfc.uk 

  • Third Space Ministries

     
    Third Space Ministries (TMS) seeks to demonstrate God’s love in the third spaces of society. 

    “The term ‘third space’ refers to places people gather when they are not at home or at work,” explained TSM founder and Baptist minister, Rev Carolyn Skinner.  “These range from clubs and festivals to sporting events and gyms, and we find that the relaxed atmosphere encourages people to talk about spiritual things, whether they have an active faith or not.”

    “The grant from BIC is a significant financial contribution that enables us to continue to make an impact in the third spaces,” said Rev Skinner. “Our sincere thanks to all involved.”

    To find out more about Third Space Ministries, go to their website at www.thirdspaceministries.co.uk
  • European Baptist Federation

     

    The majority of our grants are awarded to UK projects but, we also fund some church-planting activities in partnership with the European Baptist Federation (EBF), where even quite small amounts of money can make a big difference.


    The Radosc Community Church, in Warsaw, Poland, has been built up from scratch over the past five years thanks to the work of local church-planter, Jonasz Skrzypkowski. Like many capital cities, Warsaw has residents from a variety of countries and cultures, and there have been challenges as the team sought to share God’s love and message with all those they came into contact with. But with patience, prayerful commitment and faithfulness to biblical principles, not to mention the financial support of Baptist Insurance and others, a new worshipping congregation has been established.


    Jonasz summed it up like this: “My mission here is completed – the church is established. Not only does it have its own leaders and a vision… but it also performs the biblical function of church; praises, teaches, cares for believers and reaches non-believers. I thank God I could be a part of His work in Radosc.”


    You can find out more about the work of the European Baptist Federation at www.ebf.org

  • High Street Baptist Church, Tring

     
    High Street Baptist Church in Tring is in many ways typical of Baptist Churches up and down the country. Strategically located at the heart of the town, there are records of a Baptist presence in Tring since 1750 but, were it not for the support of Home Mission in the 1980s, it might have closed down. Yet it is now a busy church, reaching out not just to the town itself but to the villages around.

    In 2016 the church applied to Baptist Insurance Company for financial help, predominantly to fund salary costs for fledgling children’s work, as part of its overall initiative of “reaching into and engaging with our community." Using the existing church building and resources, church staff and volunteers have been able to offer regular mid-week activities that are much appreciated by those who attend, many of whom have commented on the safe environment and variety of activities on offer.  But Children’s Work Coordinator, Carolyn Boulton and the dedicated team of volunteers who plan, prepare, serve and clean up each session, have also been able to get to know the children and their carers, building up friendships and being part of the support network for the community. 

    While most of those who attend the Activity Room, Tots or Play Café sessions do not attend church regularly on Sundays, they do see High Street Baptist Church as a key part of their lives, and some have joined the congregation.  

    “The outcomes of the children’s and young people’s work have exceeded our expectations and continue to grow and develop,” explained Carolyn. “We have been delighted to see our work with children and young people grow over the past year and would like to express our thanks to the Baptist Insurance Company for their generosity in helping bring this about.”

  • Hope Into Action

     
    Best known for his work with churches to provide housing and support for those in need, Hope Into Action’s founder, Ed Walker, is also passionate about sharing the Gospel. To this end, the organisation recently held an evangelistic weekend away for some of its tenants, funded by the Baptist Insurance Company.

    In addition to the serious talking, the 30 participants spent time outdoors doing a variety of activities designed to stretch them by trying new things, to good effect. As one of them said to her Empowerment Worker afterwards “Mustering the courage to do the high-ropes helped me overcome my fear of going to church” – which she has been doing regularly since the weekend away.

    While Ed is careful not to “count chickens”, he and the team at HIA are encouraged by the spiritual journeys being undertaken by tenants, and emphasise the value to them of time away from their normal setting. “Much of our contact with tenants is around the practicalities of life and dealing with their daily challenges.  By going away together for the weekend, we were able to have more in-depth spiritual conversations and put into words the love of God that we and the churches demonstrate through our actions all year round.

    “Your money has been used to share the good news with the poor and rejected in our society – thank you very much and may God bless you.”

  • A Safe Bet

     
    Established 100 years ago to serve a new mining community, Bentley Baptist Church has remained true to its calling through many changes, including closure of the very mine that brought it into existence. Already active in the community through “Who Let the Dads Out”, the food bank and participation in assemblies at the local primary school, the church was led to open a Renew Centre when a neighbouring betting shop premises became available in 2017.

    “Renew Centres are shared spaces where it is okay not to be okay,” explained church elder, Graham Simpson. “Our vision is that by being a prayerful presence of God here at the heart of Bentley, people coming in would find friendship, self-worth and support to face their daily challenges as they experience God’s love for them.”

    Now open three days a week and staffed by committed volunteers from the church, the centre is known as Renew 127. Activities range from knitting or crochet, board games and jigsaw puzzles, to creative writing and discussions on a wide range of topics, alongside light refreshments and a listening ear. Local agencies also encourage clients to come along as a way of alleviating some of the pressures of loneliness, mental health difficulties and increasing age. Numbers vary from 4 to fourteen at anyone time, with many becoming regulars.

    At the core of Renew 127’s activities are “Rhythms of Prayer” where the start, middle and end of day sees visitors invited to join the volunteers in 15 minutes of prayer if they wish. A grant from BIC was used to construct, decorate and carpet the prayer room used for this.

    “Since opening in January 2018 we have seen some people join with us for Sunday worship and become regular attendees,” continued Graham. “The church is really excited and encouraged as we see God touching the lives of those we are building friendship with through Renew 127.”
  • Hope Whitby Missional Communities

     
    Working in a northern coastal town, the goal of those heading up Hope Whitby is to “take the Gospel to every nook and cranny” of the town. To do this, they create spaces in the community where people who aren’t interested in Sunday morning church can come to experience the love of Jesus and become disciples who, in turn, make disciples.

    A big vision, perhaps, but husband and wife ministers Leigh and Rebecca Coates, along with the rest of the team, have seen Hope Whitby grow from just five people in 2010 to 19 “missional communities” today that reach around 150 people face-to-face each month. Many more are in regular contact through social media.

    These missional communities are located in pubs, coffee shops, restaurants, community centres, old people’s homes – wherever the Gospel is welcomed. In addition to popular events for families, there is a missional community specifically for older people, which is going from strength to strength, as well as groups meeting in private homes. Recent Alpha courses have led to baptisms as well as challenging people on the fringes to think more deeply about God, faith and what that means for their individual lives.

    “It is such a welcoming community,” said Rebecca Pearson, Mayor of Whitby and active member of the missional community in Eastside. “Seeing so many children having so much fun is wonderful to see.”

    “Hope Whitby is a wonderful community to be a part of, whether you are looking for a church to be involved in or simply new friendships, they have something for everyone,” added another regular participant, Ceri Holloway. “They are such a supportive, welcoming and tight knit family that really make you feel like you belong.”

    All the members of the Hope team (except Leigh) are bi-vocational by choice as well as necessity, believing that their secular employment allows them to be firmly rooted in the local community that they are serving. However, a BIC grant of £15,000 in 2017 has helped to build on the support Hope Whitby had already received from the YBA and several local churches. “Ever since Hope Whitby was born, we have had to run on a bit of a shoestring,” explained Rebecca Coates. “Whilst God has

    always provided for our needs, it is now amazing to have this money from BIC which, we feel, gives the work here some longevity.”

    Wanting to remain light on their feet in order to respond quickly to the needs of local communities, the team are nevertheless conscious of their own need for accountability and have strong links with Ebenezer Baptist Church in Scarborough, as well as having personal mentors. Each member of the team has a specific role to give them a sense of identity and purpose, with monthly meetings to review their work, plan ahead and pray for one another. As a result, Leigh Coates has been able to use some of his time to help plant missional communities down the coast in Filey, as well as extend the work of Hope Whitby to some of the surrounding rural villages.

    “The grant we received from the Baptist Insurance Company has changed the course of Hope Whitby’s mission for the better,” concluded Rebecca. “Thank you – and may all the glory go to God!”
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