Our church supports a number of different charities, each year, as agreed by the PCC. We have a ‘Charity of the Month’ each month and often stage social events which double as fundraisers for these charities.
Charity of the month
in 2016, the pattern went:
January: Shepherd’s Hospice in Sierra Leone, a hospice caring for the sick in Western Africa
February: Fiddlers Green: a local house offering semi-independent living for adults with disabilities.
March: The Bishops’ Lent Call: whichever charities the Bishops in Southwark seek to support this year
April: Oxygen, supporting Christian youth work in around Kingston
May: Christian Aid, the charity working especially to distribute aid in the Third World
June: Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness/ Joel Community Trust, helping support those in vulnerable housing in Kingston.
July: The Diocese of Matabeleland, our partner diocese in Zimbabwe, where the church is compelled to struggle financially in a state that makes it hard to function.
September: ABCD: Action in Bethlehem, Children with Disability, a hospital in Bethlehem working primarily for Palestinians who are sick or injured.
October: USPG, (The United Society, Partners in the Gospel). The agency that links together Christians around the world.
November: The Fircroft Trust, supporting those locally with learning disabilities, in daily life.
December: Welcare and the Children’s Society, agencies both working with vulnerable children in the UK.
And from time to time, we have further collections, such as for the international refugee crisis.
We hope to support a varied range of causes.
In a more practical way, two groups from the church cook dinner two evenings a month at the Joel Project, based at St Peter’s church in Norbiton, which offers those who have been sleeping rough some interim accommodation as they rebuild their lives.
Every Christmas, St Andrew and St Mark coordinate a lunch for those who are vulnerable or would find themselves otherwise on their own. This takes place at the YMCA.