Our Charities 2016 to 2017

Our main chosen charities for the next church year are again, as last year, Christian Aid, Action Through Enterprise (in Ghana) and The Bible Society. We will continue to provide practical support for Loose Ends, the West Berks Food Bank, and the Women’s Refuges through the charities bank, and for Link to Hope through the shoebox appeal and to support The Leprosy Mission through stamps and the catalogue. We support COINS and Loose Ends with volunteers and we continue to promote Fair Trade.

During the church year members of St Mary’s have joined in with an active programme by the Newbury Christian Aid Committee, including 4 flag days, a barn dance, a supper, coffee mornings and concerts. The Newbury Committee raised £18,190, including Christian Aid Week, in the year to 31st January 2017. In Christian Aid Week last May, members of our congregation collected £1312 house-to-house in Shaw and Julie Cobbett’s week-long cake sale raised £226.

At Harvest, dry goods were collected for the Food Bank and a retiring collection was taken for ATE at all the services. October saw the launch of SCATE, Shaw Community links to Action Through Enterprise. We worked with Sarah Gardner and her team to gather local support for ATE around a showing of the film highlighting their work. Schools, Donnington Grove Golf and Country Club, local businesses and individuals have come together in this cause, raising money and making links with the people in Ghana.

In November 271 shoe-boxes were sent to Link to Hope, from church and from around the area. The Christmas and December retiring collections and Christmas greetings messages raised £465.29 for Action Through Enterprise in Ghana, £155 of which was gift-aided, and £417.30 for the Bus of Hope, here in Newbury, of which £105 was gift-aided. When added to the money raised at our St Nic’s coffee morning on 1 December (match-funded by Vodafone) this equated to a wonderful Christmas total of £769.68 for ATE and £721.69 for The Bus of Hope, plus gift-aid.

We had a Fair Trade Breakfast on 26 February, which raised Fair Trade awareness and £75 for ATE. We held a collection on two Sundays in March and at Easter for Christian Aid’s Appeal for the famine in East Africa raising £328.70. We are represented at the new community initiative to further combat homelessness in Newbury, “West Berkshire Homeless”, launched in February. We have heard that during the year 31st March 2016 to 1st April 2017 St Mary's Shaw donated 255.1kg of food and toiletries to West Berks Foodbank; this is the equivalent of contributing to 230 food parcels to those in need. We have been reviewing St Mary’s environmental credentials using material from Eco-Church and are looking at ways of increasing our “green” focus.

Our Charities
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