Thank you for your generosity to our Charitable efforts this year. As a church we tithe a percentage of what we spend on ourselves to Charity – a good biblical imperative. We allocated £2,100 this year to charitable giving which is about 8% of what we spend on ourselves (excludes share). Over the year we put aside an amount of money each month so that in November the PCC can distribute that money to worthy causes. The PCC decided that this year we will support these charities by sending £300 to each of the following:
Tearfund – West Africa drought – sent in July at a time of great crisis.
Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust – Social justice, opening doors and minds.
Cystic Fibrosis Trust – Support and research for all suffers.
Shelterbox – Tents and essential items to survive sent to natural disaster areas worldwide.
Hoping Foundation – A charity working to build hope and optimism for Palestinian children.
Booth Centre, Cathedral – Helping homeless of Manchester
Katie Piper Foundation – Helping those disfigured by burns
In the spring our Christian Aid Week collection raised £330. In October at Harvest we followed the pattern of recent years with a harvest of money and we sent finally a total of £400 to WaterAid for the Big Dig project. (Of this £300 was sent in the summer, in faith, as the Government would double any donations made by mid September, so in effect the £400 became £700 for WaterAid
Sunday School continues to raise money for Francis House and we will split the Christingle and Nativity Service collection between the Children’s Society and Francis House as in previous years.
We are supporting the Samaritan’s Purse by filling shoe boxes to be sent to the most disadvantaged children in the world.
I am very conscious that it may seem odd to be distributing money to charity when things are tight. But the reality is that we are hugely blessed in comparison with so many and if we turn our eyes away from the needs of our world, torn apart and in pain then we will become insular, inward looking and we will wither as a Christian community.
Concern for the world beyond our own doors is one sign
of a healthy Christian Community
THANK YOU SO MUCH
8 Nov 12