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National Christian Mission Awards announce 2016 winners

National Christian Mission Awards announce 2016 winners

The Joel Community Trust, Peaced Together, and the Bardsley Youth Project are among the winners of this year’s National Christian Mission .

The third annual, national Christian Funders’ Forum (CFF) Awards celebrate the best of Christian mission projects run by churches and charities in the UK and were announced at Lambeth Palace on 17th November.

The awards have six individual categories including Best Innovative Youth Project, Best Project Advancing the Christian Faith and Best Replicable Project. Category gold winners on the night were The Joel Community Trust for Best Social Action Project. Peaced Together for Best Replicable Project. St James and St Basil church based in Fenham, Newcastle for Best Church Building Project category. The Best Project Advancing the Christian Faith award was awarded to the Wolverhampton Pioneer Ministries and the Best Innovative Youth Project gold winner was the Bardsley Youth Project.

This year also included a new award for Best International Development Project in acknowledgement of the fact that 15% of grants go to overseas projects. This was won by Hope Enterprises Addis Ababa.

Matt Bird, Chair of the Christian Funders’ Forum and host of the ceremony said:

“The CFF awards shine a light onto the best Christian missions in the UK and overseas. It is always very difficult to select three nominations from the vast amount of incredible work being done by churches and Christian charities. The judges commented that whether the nominees won gold, silver or bronze they epitomise the very best of Christian mission, and we value just how much they contribute to the life and wellbeing of their community’s.”

The awards are supported by UK Christian grant makers including the Joseph Rank Trust and Laing Family Trust and Lancaster Foundation.

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Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.

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