Sheffield Fraternal of Black Majority Churches (SFBMC)

In the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s the African Caribbean were located in 3 or 4 areas of Sheffield in large numbers.

This is now no longer the case.  Our community is very geographically dispersed in this great city and can be found within all postal codes.

The ‘localism’ approach – commissioning and delivering services based solely on geographical density has a built-in ‘bias’ against African Caribbean people being able to access services locally.

Most local organisations have an equal access approach and would never knowingly exclude a community, however, the net result for our community is that local services often have little representation from our community.

SACMHA is a solution-focused organisation. We are also a pragmatic organisation; we therefore seek to find solutions that have a sole aim of equitable access.

One of SACMHA’s key relationships is with some of the Black Majority churches in Sheffield.

The rationale for this is that between the 6 largest and longest-established churches there is a membership of around 1000+ African Caribbean people in the city.  With access via familial and community links the churches have to around 3 times that number.

Given that there are around 9000 African Caribbean people resident in Sheffield (depending on whose stats one accepts) this is a significant reach.

By SACMHA coordinating this grouping, we fulfil our role as a ‘conduit’ between the statutory and other Voluntary, Community and Faith (VCF) sector and the African Caribbean community.

Our goal is for SACMHA to be the ‘go to’ organisation in respect of health and social care information between a range of providers and our community as well as a provider of choice in terms of still delivering direct support to our community.

SFBMC is a partnership of the following church denominations in Sheffield

  • Church of God of Prophecy
  • Seventh Day Adventist Church
  • New Testament Church of God
  • Shiloh United Church of Christ Apostolic Worldwide
  • Church of Jesus Christ Apostolic
  • Bethel United Church of Jesus Christ Apostolic

Why do we exist?  What do we want to be known for?

  • To connect members, churches together and share information.
  • Coordinate our food bank ministries, address social injustice matters, build trust among our members.
  • To provide a means of ensuring significant numbers of the African Caribbean community have access to information relevant to their experience

What is unique about our Fraternal?

  • Arisen from the concerns surrounding Covid-19
  • We have a clear focus on addressing social injustice

We want to provide additional spiritual, emotional, physical and mental support for our local communities.

We believe everyone is entitled to the basic necessities of life (food, clothing, shelter, work) in order to fulfil their potential in God’s world. Gen 1.29-31.

People will take notice by WHY we became SFBMC, not what we are doing.

It’s the difference between, “Jesus came to die for sinners.”  What he did AND “Jesus loved us so much that He came to die for us.”  Why He did it.

Mission: (Why we exist. Whom we serve, How we serve them.)

SFBMC exist to work collaboratively with churches and agencies to support the people of Sheffield, through challenging life experiences.

Vision: (fulfils the mission)

We serve to empower people to avoid poverty, sickness and injustice in order to fulfil the potential God has blessed them with. Matt:25:35-36.

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