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Annual Bishop’s Appeal 2016

20th Annual Bishops Appeal – May 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

The Board of Trustees of SPCK/USA (The Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge) voted to begin a new initiative supporting the mission and ministry of Episcopalians in Cuba. SPCK’s work has yielded opportunities for hundreds of Cuban children and youth to attend Vacation Bible Schools in poor parishes in Cuba. Working closely with local clergy, and with the knowledge and permission of the Bishop of Cuba, SPCK gives parishes the opportunity to support this worthy cause, Escuelitas de Fé or Little Schools of Faith. SPCK will begin its campaign soon by reaching out to private donors, Episcopal parishes and Episcopal schools all over the country.

We appeal to each of you to join with us and help us spread the word about the ministry of SPCK/USA in your Diocese. Please support the ministry of SPCK/USA during our Annual Bishop’s Appeal with your gift of $100.00 or more. 

Thank you for supporting the work God has given SPCK/USA to do as we “Go forth and carry the Gospel message of hope for the world.”

Faithfully yours,

Richard Hall, Chair & The Board of Trustees

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History of SPCK

More than 300 years ago, the Reverend Thomas Bray, an Anglican priest in London, formed the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (SPCK) to “promote learning in the plantations and abroad and to propagate Christian knowledge at home.”

Coins for Change – VBS in Cuba

SPCK Coin1 Coins for change #4Coins for Change is the latest way to support the mission of SPCK/USA of “Promoting Christian Knowledge” all over the world. During the last three years SPCK/USA has provided more than $6,000 dollars in grants to parishes and missions in Cuba hoping to host a Vacation Bible School. In 2015, 300 children were served in seven parishes. In 2016, that number doubled to 600 children in 14 parishes. Coins for Change is making a difference in the lives of children all across Cuba.

Our vision is for each participating parish to introduce this initiative as part of their Christian formation programs. Parishes of all sizes are encouraged to use our lesson plan, make their own Coins for Change bank, and get involved in the mission. But hurry, the deadline for collecting funds is April 1st, 2017 so that we can distribute those grants to parishes all over Cuba.

For generations, Cuba prohibited religious education. Thousands of adults and now their children have never heard the Gospel of Jesus. The Episcopal Church in Cuba is on the front line of evangelism and you can be a part of that effort. Our goal is to raise $25,000 dollars over the next three years. With your help that can become a reality.

Visit www.spckusa.org today and make a donation! Give a child the gift of the Gospel.

For more information you can also contact Patti Joy Posan by email: spck@sewanee.edu

 

 

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL CUBA 2016VBS 2

Each year, the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge works to help Episcopal parishes in Cuba host a Vacation Bible School by providing grants of

up to $200.00. This summer alone we supported 14 VBS camps that served more than 600 students. Campers sang songs, played games, listened to stories, prayed, did arts and crafts, and made memories that will last a lifetime. For many of them, it was their first introduction to Jesus Christ.

Through the work of your Christian education program, and others like it across the country, children whom you’ve never met will hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ and learn just how much God loves them. We look forward to working with you as we support the mission of the Episcopal Church to “restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.” Enclosed you will find instructions and ideas for creating your coin bank as well as how to discuss this mission project with your class. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

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