Our giving

We try to look beyond the confines of our own parish to what God is doing elsewhere.  We are delighted to be able to support a number of charities both via long-term giving and via ad-hoc collections.

We offer financial support to the work of Christian organisations working in the UK and in overseas mission.  Further information about these charities is shown below.

The Parish Youth Group also supports Grassroots Child Sponsorship programme in Theta, Kenya.

Our annual "Carols on the green" on Christmas Eve provides a further opportunity for the whole community to give, supporting charities which vary from year to year.

Ad-hoc collections are also taken, for example in response to disasters or, by request, at memorial services.

Support for our Benefice Churches

Our four churches within the Benefice seek to perform a vital role in the local community as well as supporting charities and mission work further afield. The donations we receive from members, visitors and the wider community are key to resourcing this work.  We are hugely grateful to everyone who feels able to support our churches financially, however large or small the donation.

Our beautiful buildings are very much the focal points for our villages and we know that many in our community feel strongly about preserving their living history.  For those who wish to give specifically to preserve the buildings, segregated funds exists to enable this.

If you would like to support any of the churches on an ongoing basis, please contact us for details of our envelope scheme, standing orders and gift aid.

St Peter’s Church selected charities for 2022

NEW FOUNDATIONS

New Foundations is a response to the call of God to go to the people of the Niger Delta. Since 2003 the foundation has sought to serve God in a very difficult environment. Starting as a visiting boat clinic it has evolved into four established clinics, and twenty-five fully trained Health Care Workers who treat around 6,000 patients across remote and often inaccessible communities each year. They run a small fellowship at the mission station where people come to ask questions about Christianity, discuss, and share a meal. New Foundations programs are grassroots and very much part of community life. They provide support to a local Primary School which they founded, staffed and equipped, provide boreholes for the provision of clean drinking water, and established a day centre for feeding and support for children perceived at risk from sexual predation. A fundamental part of the training is discipleship. The workers regard themselves as medical missionaries to their own communities and are working toward New Foundations becoming a self-sustaining, Nigerian led organisation. Find out more about this organisation at:

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MANNA

MANNA raises financial support for the diverse and inspiring work of the Anglican churches of Mozambique and Angola.

Mozambique and Angola are among the poorest countries in the world and are facing up to the challenges which follow years of destructive civil war.

The Anglican churches in these countries are experiencing tremendous growth, yet are held back by lack of funds. Today in these two countries there are over 800 Christian congregations in these dioceses that are constantly growing. Their needs are growing too as these churches seek to support and empower their local communities, fostering change in health, education and development.

The projects which MANNA raises funds to support include building churches, clergy training and facilitation of transport, as well as education, health and development projects.

Find out more at www.manna-anglican.org.

MAGGS

Maggs Day Centre provides the basics, a lifeline to help people survive the worst of what life throws at them. Open five days a week, providing a safe, dry environment where homeless and particularly vulnerable people can get food and hot drinks, as well as using showers and laundry facilities . Committed to helping and mentoring all those who are ready to make changes, to start getting their lives back on track they create individually tailored support plans to help them achieve their goals. It provides the homeless people an escape from social isolation and gives them the chance to feel normal, have ordinary conversations and forget, for a while, about being homeless. The Maggs Clothing Project offers clean clothing, sleeping bags and other bedding which the Homeless may visit once a week to get the clothes and bedding they need. When a homeless person finds a place to live, they can also provide starter packs to help them along. Their ‘resilience project’ aims to help/ guide them to reintegrate back into mainstream society, by accompanying them to services/activities, until they have the confidence to do so independently by themselves and provides skills training that helps homeless people to function better in society. Find out more about this charity by visiting:

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Christians Against Poverty

Christians Against Poverty – Poverty is so much more than going without. It’s so much more than lacking materially. Poverty destroys lives. It robs people of joy, hope and opportunities. It tears families apart, isolates those most in need of support, and leads many to believe there is no way out. CAP's vision is to see transformed lives, thriving churches and an end to UK poverty. Through a team of more than 400 dedicated staff members based in all four UK nations, and hundreds of incredible churches delivering our services, people in desperate need are discovering life-changing freedom and hope every day. Since 1996, CAP has helped tens of thousands of families and individuals break free from debt and poverty. And as the impact of the cost of living crisis is felt in households across the UK, there is much more to be done. Find out more about this charity by visiting:

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St James’ Church selected charities for 2022

St Paul’s Hostel Worcester

Provides accommodation for single homeless people and rough sleepers in Worcestershire. For further information please click the link below.

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Farming Community Network

FCN was founded in 1995 by Christopher Jones MBE, who is now our Honorary President. It was set up as a joint venture between the Agricultural Christian Fellowship (ACF) and Germinate: The Arthur Rank Centre. It was founded under the name The Farm Crisis Network. In 2001, farms in England and Wales were hit with 2,000 cases of foot-and-mouth disease. Over 10 million animals were slaughtered and thousands of businesses and jobs lost as a result. FCN became a key player in supporting farmers during the outbreak. More people became aware of the work of FCN, leading to an increase in recruitment within the charity. FCN attracted more funding, allowing the national helpline to be developed. For more information please click the link below.

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LIV School, Zulu Natal, South Africa

Educates and provides a home for orphans from HIV-AIDS

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Caring Hands In The Vale

Caring Hands in the Vale was founded in 2003 as part of Vale of Evesham Christian Centre and seeks to demonstrate the love of God through the relief of poverty and need in the Vale of Evesham. The Lighthouse Centre provides a hub for services for the homeless and those on low incomes. Those referred to receive food parcels, toiletry packs, bedding, clothing and blankets free of charge depending on their circumstances. They support all in genuine need on a referral basis. Referrals include people on low incomes, those in severe debt and with benefit issues, single parent families, ex-offenders, families of offenders, street homeless/homeless, people with substance misuse issues and mental health problems, and also in crisis situations such as illness, injury, relationship breakdown and bereavement. Caring Hands networks with nearly 100 community organisations including Rooftop Housing, John Martin’s Charitable Trust, St Richard’s Hospice, Citizen’s Advice, CCP homeless outreach, Swanswell, the NHS, Social Workers, Probation Services and many local churches. For more information in respect of this charity please click the link below.

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St Nicholas’ Church selected charity for 2022

Waterloo Schools Charity

Fifty years ago Laurie Read, founder of the Charity, worked as a teacher in Sierra Leone, Africa before returning to the UK to take up medicine. His love for this little African country never left him. At that time, newly independent Sierra Leone was developing and full of promise for the future. However, the subsequent years of dictatorship and civil war brought the country to its knees and made it difficult for Laurie to keep in touch. Upon retiring from the NHS in 2005 he and his wife, Sue, made a visit to Sierra Leone to see whether he could work there as a surgeon. It also gave Laurie a chance to visit the Peninsula Secondary School where he had been principal and had taught science so many years earlier. He was horrified by what he found. As a direct result of that visit Waterloo Schools Charity was founded in 2005 and its aim is to co-operate with the people of Waterloo in restoring and developing nursery, primary and secondary school education. Sadly, Laurie Read passed away in 2014 but his legacy lives on through the efforts of a committed group of trustees, here and in Sierra Leone, and ably led by Sue Read. Waterloo Schools Charity works entirely through local organisations which represent the citizens of the town and the parents of children attending our three schools. These organisations include Waterloo District Council, the chiefs and elders of the township, the schools boards of governors and the Peninsula School Old Student's Association (POSA). Many of the members of POSA were, in fact, students when Laurie was principal and now hold important positions in both Waterloo and Freetown. A working party of these past students organizes and supervises any project funded by the charity and is therefore our main partner. For more information regarding this charity please click the link below.

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Farming Community Network

FCN was founded in 1995 by Christopher Jones MBE, who is now our Honorary President. It was set up as a joint venture between the Agricultural Christian Fellowship (ACF) and Germinate: The Arthur Rank Centre. It was founded under the name The Farm Crisis Network. In 2001, farms in England and Wales were hit with 2,000 cases of foot-and-mouth disease. Over 10 million animals were slaughtered and thousands of businesses and jobs lost as a result. FCN became a key player in supporting farmers during the outbreak. More people became aware of the work of FCN, leading to an increase in recruitment within the charity. FCN attracted more funding, allowing the national helpline to be developed. For more information please click the link below.

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Caring Hands In The Vale

Caring Hands in the Vale was founded in 2003 as part of Vale of Evesham Christian Centre and seeks to demonstrate the love of God through the relief of poverty and need in the Vale of Evesham. The Lighthouse Centre provides a hub for services for the homeless and those on low incomes. Those referred to receive food parcels, toiletry packs, bedding, clothing and blankets free of charge depending on their circumstances. They support all in genuine need on a referral basis. Referrals include people on low incomes, those in severe debt and with benefit issues, single parent families, ex-offenders, families of offenders, street homeless/homeless, people with substance misuse issues and mental health problems, and also in crisis situations such as illness, injury, relationship breakdown and bereavement. Caring Hands networks with nearly 100 community organisations including Rooftop Housing, John Martin’s Charitable Trust, St Richard’s Hospice, Citizen’s Advice, CCP homeless outreach, Swanswell, the NHS, Social Workers, Probation Services and many local churches. For more information in respect of this charity please click the link below.

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St Paul’s Church selected charities for 2022

The Church Army

The mission of Church Army is for everyone everywhere to encounter God’s love and be empowered to transform their communities through faith shared in words and action. Their work is unconditional, tackling social deprivation through partnership and collaboration to help empower individuals and communities. They do not shy away from challenges and strive to help those most in need. Through partnership and collaboration, they aspire to empower lives and nurture a sense of belonging in communities across the UK and Ireland. Everything they do is built on the foundations laid by Wilson Carlile. A visionary with an extraordinary idea that would inspire generations of evangelists and give hope to millions in their time of need. For further information please click the link below.

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Crisis

Every bit of Crisis' work is integrated, and all contributes to our purpose of ending homelessness. The services provided are carefully informed through decades of experience of working with homeless people, and the research carried out over the years. Their research is driven by their knowledge from working side-by-side with homeless people every day. And this influences their campaigning for permanent change. They support people out of homelessness for good. They do this through education, training and support with housing, employment and health. They offer one to one support, advice and courses for homeless people in 12 areas across England, Scotland and Wales. They help homeless people find and keep a rented home by working with landlords to ensure a supply of places to live, and giving homeless people the tools and knowledge they need to rent successfully. Their Housing resource centre provides information and training for housing professionals and carry out pioneering research into the causes and consequences of homelessness, and campaign for the changes needed to end it for everyone, for good. Working with others, they are working on a plan to end homelessness once and for all. For more information please click the link below.

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Caring Hands In The Vale

Caring Hands in the Vale was founded in 2003 as part of Vale of Evesham Christian Centre and seeks to demonstrate the love of God through the relief of poverty and need in the Vale of Evesham. The Lighthouse Centre provides a hub for services for the homeless and those on low incomes. Those referred to receive food parcels, toiletry packs, bedding, clothing and blankets free of charge depending on their circumstances. They support all in genuine need on a referral basis. Referrals include people on low incomes, those in severe debt and with benefit issues, single parent families, ex-offenders, families of offenders, street homeless/homeless, people with substance misuse issues and mental health problems, and also in crisis situations such as illness, injury, relationship breakdown and bereavement. Caring Hands networks with nearly 100 community organisations including Rooftop Housing, John Martin’s Charitable Trust, St Richard’s Hospice, Citizen’s Advice, CCP homeless outreach, Swanswell, the NHS, Social Workers, Probation Services and many local churches. For more information in respect of this charity please click the link below.

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Farm Africa

Today, more than half of the world’s extreme poor live in sub-Saharan Africa*. The vast majority work in agriculture. Farm Africa reduces poverty in eastern Africa by helping farmers grow more, sell more and sell for more. For more information click the link below.

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