Our story

The Mustard Tree was established in 2003. The charity's name comes from a story told by Jesus about a small mustard seed which - once planted - "grew and became a tree, so the birds of the air came and perched in its branches." This story reflects how we, as a Christian charity, offer shelter and support to the marginalised or overlooked.

OUR VISION is to strategically and practically meet the needs of marginalised or overlooked communities and individuals in our area.

OUR MISSION is to be a voice for the unheard - supporting and empowering the misunderstood or overlooked. We do this by:

  • enabling strategic and practical social action;
  • creating and supporting projects which address unmet needs;
  • speaking up for the unheard in strategic contexts, affecting positive change for these overlooked communities or individuals.

OUR VALUES are to serve the misunderstood with compassion, integrity and professional excellence.

THE MUSTARD TREE'S ETHOS is rooted in our faith in Jesus Christ and in His love, which compels us to serve others. We are motivated and inspired by His message, life and example through which God’s unconditional love for all people is expressed. It is this faith which directs and influences our relationships both internally and externally, as we seek to serve the marginalised and overlooked in our communities. The Mustard Tree works professionally to uphold Jesus Christ’s values, reflecting His inclusivity, integrity and compassion. We believe in the power of prayer to transform situations and our activities are an inseparable outworking of our faith.

The Mustard Tree's statement of faith is as follows:

There is One God, Creator of all, three in One: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. As His creation we acknowledge our dependence upon God as the source and sustainer of all life.

God’s Son, Jesus, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born in Bethlehem by the virgin Mary. He lived a perfect life, suffered and was crucified on the cross bearing the judgment of our sins. He died, was buried and rose on the third day. The Lord Jesus now sits at the right hand of the Father. Through faith in Him we receive forgiveness and eternal life and are free to be in relationship with God. We seek to live out this relationship by expressing Jesus’ compassion, inclusivity and integrity with the help of the Holy Spirit, reflecting His example of serving the marginalised and overlooked.