As a church we support a number of external projects and charities, chosen every couple of years by the church members. We currently support these three charities regularly with prayer and financial gifts: Mercy Ships This charity equips and runs medical ships that moor off the coast of countries with poor hospital facilities. The ship provides operating theatres, recovery wards and all the staff necessary to bring top medical provision to people who would otherwise not be able to access it. Replenish UK This is a local charity, based in NE Essex, which provides befrienders and support for those suffering with mental health issues. Braintree Foodbank We collect food each moth to send to the foodbank which serves our area. This food is distributed to those who would otherwise be unable to feed themselves and their families. Other charities we have supported over the last couple of years include BMS, Christian Aid, Colchester & Tendring Women’s Aid (with Christmas gifts), United Christian Broadcasters, Spurgeon’s Childcare and Water Aid.