Thank you for your generosity towards 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 again 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:
Christian Aid – Syria appeal which we sent last March but as part of this years giving.
Shelterbox – Tents and essential items to survive are sent to natural disaster areas worldwide.
Save the Children – Wish list initiative – helping children across the world.
Oldham Foodbank – Supporting the worst off in our local community.
Oldham Bereavement Support Services – working with local people suffering bereavement.
Give Hunger the Boot – we added our giving to the £150 the children raised at Harvest to make £450 for Farm Africa’s work to eradicate hunger.
Disasters Emergency Committee – Philippines Typhoon Appeal.
Additionally in the spring our Christian Aid Week collection raised £350. In October at Harvest we changed the pattern of recent years with a harvest collection of food for the Oldham Foodbank and the sale of planted boots for Farm Africa (see above)
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.
The horrific scenes of the typhoon disaster in the Philippines only a few days ago reminds us of how fragile life can be for so many and how lucky we are. However tight things may seem to some of us the reality is that we are rich 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
14 November 2013