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Evangelism fund considering grants
June 21, 2013
A special group from the Home Missions Board that encourages outreach projects is now inviting applications for grants over the summer.
The Evangelism Support Group (ESG) has an annual budget of £4,000 and last year helped many congregations across Scotland with mission-minded work.
Since 2005, almost half of the Free Church of Scotland’s congregations have benefited from small grants from the ESG Fund.
Congregations like Kilmallie have been awarded funding in the past for holiday clubs.
A Free Church spokesman said: “With the holidays fast approaching we know a number of congregations have been planning different sorts of holiday clubs, youth events, bbqs or family services to help foster links in their communities.
“The Evangelism Support Group fund is there to help with costs for resources, and we have found it being used imaginatively by many of our churches.
“It is amazing to think how far the £4,000 goes each year, and literally touches the lives of hundreds of people.
“More importantly, the ESG team is also there to offer prayerful support to congregations as they seek to reach out to local people with the Gospel.”
This year the ESG already approved a grant for the Narnia summer holiday club, organised by Tain and Fearn Free Church, which will be taking place in a local high school in August.
Previous applicants which have used the ESG include Back on the Isle of Lewis, Kilmallie in Lochaber and Dumfries (pictured below) in the south-west of Scotland.
The ESG team is made up of representatives from every Presbytery, and has been in existence since 2005 – replacing the old highways and byways committee.
Priority will be given to first-time applicants as well as new and innovative outreach ideas.
Luke 19: 10 “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (ESV)
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