Home & Overseas Mission


The House of Grace, Romania

This project has been supported by St Clement’s Church since 1997. The vision was to provide a centre in the Romanian countryside where disadvantaged young people and disabled people of all ages, from the industrial towns of Western Romania could come for a week or more to enjoy fresh air, good food and companionship in a Christian environment.

In 2000 we were asked to provide a week’s holiday at the House of Grace for young people who live in an orphanage in Uricani. Each year since then a team of people from St Clement’s (led initially by John & Angela Fisher) raised the necessary funding and provided for all the activities each day for the children’s holiday. These included games (indoor and outdoor), craft activities, evening entertainment, and Bible study and worship sessions.

Due to the pandemic the House of Grace was closed throughout 2020 and 2021.

Within days of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia in February 2022, Maria at the House of Grace, was asked to house Ukrainian refugees. With financial support from St Clement’s and other churches, they have continued to provide accommodation for refugee families as well as running summer camps for young Romanians.

Donations for the ongoing work of the House of Grace are still welcome.

House of Grace adults



House of Grace childrenHouse of Grace all in 2011





Christmas shoeboxes for Romania

This project came to an end in December 2021 due to difficulties in organising transport of the boxes from Poole to Romania. Cash donations are still welcome, and any money received will go to the House of Grace in their support of young people.