EVERY YEAR ST MARY’S GIVES TO A RANGE OF CHARITIES AND IN A RANGE OF WAYS.
St Mary’s Chosen Charities:
During the year May 2019 to April 2020 we are supporting 6 specific charities, each for a 2 month period. These charities have been nominated by members of the congregation who then have the opportunity to supplement the PCC donation with fund-raising through additional events, appeals, even a guest speaker. The person nominating the charity is encouraged to disseminate information via the website, monthly newsletters, the charities’ noticeboard in church. This allows us all to learn something about each charity and to become more engaged with it.
Our chosen Charity for September and October is Church Army https://www.churcharmy.org.uk/
Church army is the Church of England’s very own mission arm for bringing Jesus to the most needy and works in some of the most deprived communities in the UK and Ireland with children, the elderly and everyone in between. Trained Church Army Evangelists are based in parishes and on special projects where the need is greatest. Archbishop Justin Welby says “Church Army exists both to talk to people about Jesus and bring them to faith in Jesus but it also does this extraordinary work of serving the poor and the poorest parts of the country and that speaks to the value of human beings.”
St Mary’s Chosen Charities: May 2019 to April 2020
|May – June 2019|| Godmanchester Foodbank
|July – August 2019||Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) https://support.wwf.org.uk
|September – October 2019||Church Army www.churcharmy.org.uk|
|November – December 2019||Marie Curie http://www.mariecurie.org.uk|
|January – February 2020||Papworth Trust www.papworthtrust.org.uk|
|March – April 2020||Tommy’s Wheels www.tommyswheels.org.uk|
During May-June 2019 we supported Godmanchester Foodbank which is part of the Trussell Trust foodbank network. We support the foodbank throughout the year as a food collection point (and we are a voucher holder as well) but during May-June we supplemented this with financial donation as well as raising awareness.
During July-August 2019 we supported WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature). The Buckden Village Festival Youth Committee were raising money to support the WWF as they are keen to protect endangered animals. Every year the children decide themselves on a charity to support and then devise a way to raise funds at the Village Festival.
ADDITIONAL CHARITIES SUPPORTED
We aim to support any Disasters and Emergencies Committee Special Appeals which may arise during the year.
We support Godmanchester Food Bank throughout the year with voluntary donations of food which can be put into a box at the back of church.
We support the Royal British Legion with the collection on Remembrance Sunday; local charities with donations of food at Harvest Festival; the Children’s Society with personal collection boxes and with the collection at Christingle; Christian Aid Week and other charities via whole village events organised by Buckden & District Churches Together.
In November 2017 we also had a visit from Pudsey Bear and raised £203 for Children in Need