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Papua Partners 

Papua Partners

Origins of Papua Partners 

 

Papua Partners is a remarkable and uniquely effective small charity founded in Westcott in 2006.  Naomi and Javier Sosa, the front-line workers in Papua, were married in Holy Trinity Church. Holy Trinity is still Naomi and Javier’s home church and the charity is in large measure funded by the congregation and other local people in Westcott. Papua Partners is now ten years old and the Sosa family has grown to five!


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The impact of Papua Partners over ten years

Over the last ten years Naomi and Javier have been walking alongside local indigenous organisations in West Papua, equipping and enabling them to achieve their vision. The first organisation that they started to work with in 2006 was Yasumat, the social foundation of the Evangelical Church of Indonesia (GIDI). When they arrived in Papua, Yasumat had a big vision but was ineffective, had only two part time staff and were very discouraged. With Papua Partners support, they have become one of the leading faith-based social foundations in Papua, having impacted over 100,000 people!
 
Yasumat was an incubator for Papua Partners to pilot a range of community development approaches. They became a platform to develop culturally relevant tools and techniques for mobilising churches to impact their communities, and most importantly to gain the trust, understanding and confidence of local indigenous people, the Papuan church and cultural leaders.
 
Some of the achievements realised by Papua Partners with our partners over the last 10 years include:
 
-Provision of basic education to 8,000 children in remote communities through Yasumat Parallel Schools Programme;
-The setting up of a solar powered Eruwok Community Training Centre in Bokondini which is providing computer skills, handicraft training, as well as training health workers for 20 communities and setting up a 300-Member Savings Group;
-Together with Yasumat, a significant reduction in maternal and child mortality has been achieved through building the skills of over 200 rural health workers in Yahukimo, as well as raising awareness on HIV and AIDS in over 200 communities;
-Improved livelihoods in over 100 communities through small business, livestock production, savings groups and water supply;
-Trained facilitators from 40 churches to implement a Church, Community and Change process which has seen communities start to reconcile disputes, build roads, fix the houses of poorer members and mobilise their youth for community action.
 
Without the unique accompaniment and mobilisation of Papua Partners, it is unlikely that the changes outlined above would have happened.

What next? 

Based on lessons learnt and relationships built over ten years in Papua, in early 2016 Naomi and Javier have begun a process to scale up their work to impact other organisations and churches. Papua Partners is now partnering with Yapelin, the Social Foundation at the Synod level of the Evangelical Church of Indonesia, while also starting to develop working relationships with other denominations and organisations.
 
This will enable them to work throughout Papua impacting many more communities while continuing to work with our current partners.
 
To get a feel for all the exciting things happening in Papua just go to our web site:-

www.papuapartners.org

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Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
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Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning, or Wednesday morning.

Where and When - Sunday Morning

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We meet at Holy Trinity Church (find us) on Sunday mornings.  There are two Sunday Services to choose from:

The 8:30 am Book of Common Prayer Communion Service

This is a traditional service, with organ-led traditional hymns.  It is a beautiful and peaceful way to begin your Sunday morning.  The service lasts about 45 minutes.

The 10:15am Parish Service is either a service of Morning Worship, or Communion. 

This is a more informal service, with a mixture of traditional hymns and modern worship songs.  The service usually lasts about an hour.  This service is also livestreamed on Zoom.  You won't be able to use your camera or microphone, but will be able to see, hear and join in with the service, from the comfort of your own home.

Mask wearing is no longer mandatory in church, but there are designated seating areas for those who prefer to wear masks.

If you feel unwell, please do not come in person - join us on Zoom at our 10:15am Sunday services.

For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space (if you're driving) and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you will be greeted by one of our Welcome Team who will answer any questions you might have about the service, and help you find a seat.

We serve tea, coffee and biscuits after both services. It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to pause and reflect before heading home. All refreshments are free.
Accessibility: There is wheelchair access to the side of the church, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. 

Where and When - Midweek

On Wednesday mornings, at 10am, there is a small, friendly and informal Communion Service, held at St John's Chapel (find us).  There are a choice of sofas or chairs to sit on.  The service usually starts with a song (unaccompanied but joyful!) and lasts about 30 minutes.  Refreshments are usually served afterwards.  
Parking directly outside St John's is limited, so if you want a guaranteed parking space, it is a good idea to arrive 10-15 minutes early.  However if you are able, there is on-street parking available in Furlong Road or St John's Road.  A warm welcome awaits you!

Getting Connected

Small Groups
While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some mornings and some evenings. Check out Small Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Do get in touch with us if you'd like to know more about any of these services, or if you have any other questions about coming along to church.


We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.