Our Charities 2018 to 2019

Our main chosen charities for the next church year are Christian Aid, Action Through Enterprise (in Ghana), The Bible Society and the Bus of Hope. 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, West Berkshire Homeless and Loose Ends with volunteers and we continue to promote Fair Trade and concern for the environment..

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, an information evening, coffee mornings and concerts. The Newbury Committee raised £16,973 including Christian Aid Week, in the year to 31st January 2018. The World Partners Committee organized the last event of our 175th anniversary celebrations, a Christmas concert by the Cromwell Singers in Aid of Christian Aid, which with government matched funding and gift aid raised £1644 for the victims of famine and conflict in South Sudan and Burkina Faso. Our Easter emergency collection raised £115 for the Christian Aid Syria Appeal. In Christian Aid Week in May 2018 members of our congregation collected £816.73 house-to-house in Shaw and Julie Cobbett’s week-long cake sale raised £268.44.

At Harvest, dry goods were collected for the Food Bank and a retiring collection was taken for ATE at all the services, with a total of £75 later doubled in the Big Give. On 29 October we held an Environmental Sunday, with a speaker from A Rocha. The £135 proceeds of a retiring collection were split between A Rocha and Toilet Twinning. We have twinned one toilet and have received a picture of our twin. Another Environmental Sunday in June focussed on over-use of plastics. In November 135 shoe boxes were sent to Link to Hope, from church and from around the area, along with knitted blankets, baby clothes and dolls.

The Christmas and December retiring collections and Christmas greetings messages raised £372 (plus gift aid) for Action Through Enterprise in Ghana, and £340 (plus gift aid) for the Bus of Hope. Sarah and Habib Albeboure and Enid and Peter Boyce spoke about the charities at services in December. We had a Fair Trade Fortnight “Come on In” event on 4 March, which raised Fair Trade awareness and £65 for ATE.

Over the year we have been involved with “West Berkshire Homeless”, the local charity launched in February 2017, including four members of the congregation volunteering at the winter night shelter at the Salvation Army. A member of the congregation is involved in the management of Loose Ends as well as cooking and another volunteers there. We have heard that during the year to 1 April 2018 St Mary's Shaw donated 232.4kg of food and toiletries to West Berks Foodbank.


Our Charities
Webpage icon Christian Aid August/September 2018
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Webpage icon The charities we support
Webpage icon World Partners Committee
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