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
For 2019, charities supported were:
January: Oxygen, a charity that engages with the young people of Kingston upon Thames and other London boroughs through activity projects.
February: Shepherds Hospice in Sierra Leone , provides palliative care services and training in Sierra Leone.
March: Bishop’s Lent Appeal
April: Fiddlers Green, care home in Surbiton
May: Christian Aid, works to support sustainable development, stop poverty, support civil society and provide disaster relief.
June: Leprosy Mission,transforming people’s lives through health and disability care, rehabilitation, education, better livelihoods, and advocacy for social change.
July: Matabeleland Link Diocese
August: KCAH (Kingston Churches Against Homelessness), help solve housing problems and improve the quality of people’s lives and Joel Trust Night Shelter offers a safe haven, loving community and a fresh start out of homelessness and isolation.
September: ABCD,Improving the quality of life of children with disabilities across the West Bank
October: United Society USPG, sharing God’s love through action, and seeing lives transformed, working in direct partnership with people and communities around the world.
November: 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.