EVERY YEAR ST MARY’S GIVES TO A RANGE OF CHARITIES AND IN A RANGE OF WAYS.
St Mary’s Chosen Charities:
Each year St Mary’s chooses 6 specific charities to support, each for a 2 month period. These charities are nominated by members of the congregation who then have the opportunity to supplement the PCC donation with fund-raising through additional events, appeals, and with an invited guest speaker. The person nominating the charity is encouraged to disseminate information via the website, monthly newsletters and the charities’ noticeboard in church. This encourages us all to learn something about each charity and to become more engaged with it.
Our chosen charity for July-August 2022 is Church Army https://churcharmy.org/
Church Army tackles social deprivation on the streets of the UK and Ireland enabling God’s love to be experienced through their work as practical evangelists. This is focused on over thirty Centres of Mission and other dedicated projects in some of the poorest communities. By supporting Church Army we take part in this work ourselves.
IN ADDITION TO THE CHOSEN CHARITIES EACH YEAR
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 https://godmanchester.foodbank.org.uk/ .
We support the Royal British Legion with the collection on Remembrance Sunday;
We support local charities with donations of food at Harvest Festival;
We support the Children’s Society via personal collection boxes and with the collection at Christingle;
We support Christian Aid Week and other charities via whole village events organised by Buckden & District Churches Together.
Chosen Charities Supported in recent months
November and December 2021 Godmanchester Foodbank https://godmanchester.foodbank.org.uk/
January and February 2022 Compassion
March and April 2022 British Red Cross appeal for Ukraine. https://www.redcross.org.uk/
May and June 2022 Christian Aid https://www.christianaid.org.uk/