Reaching people since 1922
BTPM has had a long history of placing the gospel in text form before the public. Thousands of commuters use the railways and public transport systems of UK every day of every year. As they go about their busy lives, we provide posters which speak to hem along the way with words of encouragement, comfort and edification, words which make them think about their place in God's plans and help them identify with God's desire to usher them back into His arms.
We started with the Gospel Sky Sign Mission was inaugiarated as far back as 1923, when we emulated displays on revolving and other electric signs, but the work originally commenced in 1922 with electric scintilating signs which flashed late breaking news items at busy city intersections, which we adapted into gospel messages.
We also saw the potential of sky writing, where aircraft trail words across the sky in bright colours. One of the first such messages was "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as snow" in three colours across the sky. This gradually led to the current strategy of placing banners and posters in trains and stations. Our latest venture includes placing Banners on London Tube Trains, where they'll be read by a virtual captive audience as they make their way to and from offices, schools, shops and events.
BTPM is overseen by an organising committee which meets on a regular basis to discuss and plan campaigns. All team participation is voluntary, so donations primarily go twards the cost of priting posting and maintaining the message of hope at various stations and now on trains.
The committee is led by Jean Campart, who has a dedicated team supporting her work. Our finances are audited, and we have regular presentation of our accounts before the committee and at general meetings as we maintain a high standard of accountability.
A registered charity
BTPM is a registered charity, number 235773, which means you can make donations and assist us further through the Gift Aid initiative. Helping us through funding increases our capacity for plaing posters and banners in public places.
Every time a message is read it has some kind of impact in a person's life. Hopefully it is mostly positive and there will ultimately be a response. We are aprt of the process of reaching people with the good news that Jesus died for their sins so that they could be saved.
About Gift Aid
The Gift Aid scheme is for gifts of money by individuals who pay UK tax. Gift Aid donations are regarded as having basic rate tax deducted by the donor. Charities or CASCs take your donation - which is money you've already paid tax on - and reclaim the basic rate tax from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on its 'gross' equivalent - the amount before basic rate tax was deducted.
Basic rate tax is 20 per cent, so this means that if you give £10 using Gift Aid, it’s worth £12.50 to the charity. For donations between 6 April 2008 and 5 April 2011 the charity or CASC will also get a separate government supplement of three pence on every pound you give.
How to use Gift Aid
In order to make a Gift Aid donation you’ll need to make a Gift Aid declaration. The charity will normally ask you to complete a simple form - one form can cover every gift made to the same charity or CASC for whatever period you choose, and can cover gifts you have already made and/or gifts you may make in the future. A Gift Aid declaration must include:
- your full name
- your home address
- the name of the charity
- details of your donation, and it should say that it's a Gift Aid donation
(HM Revenue Service)