Parish Action

Parish Action was launched at the start of 2006 to develop awareness of local and international charities and to assist with their fundraising needs:

Its objectives are to…

  • Raise awareness of social issues in the church and in the wider parish
  • Raise money to help tackle these social issues
  • Take practical action to tackle these social issues
  • Work through charities and other groups who are already addressing issues of concern
  • Inspire people in the parish to undertake their own actions
  • Coordinate and focus work currently taking place

In many churches the equivalent committee is a ‘spending department’ rather than a ‘revenue raising department’. Parish Action’s approach is a bit different – we set out to raise the 10% of the church’s income, and to give it to our charities, rather than taking money from the church’s already stretched budgets.

In addition to raising money, Parish Action aims to ensure we are aware of social issues locally and globally and that we take practical action to help address these issues, assisting individuals and communities in transforming and improving their current situations.

We support five charities who all strive to improve the situations of the people they support. All organisations have links to people in the congregation, and many are locally based. We also encourage and support fund-raising for many other charities.

Charities we will support from 2018 – 2020

  • Christian Aid
  • Glassdoor
  • Bishop’s Lent Appeal
  • Vulindlela Guardians
  • Regenerate

Total funds raised by Parish Action for the following charities in 2017:

Vulindlela Guardians – £16,052

Christian Aid – £6,249

Glassdoor – £8,640

Homestart – £1,437

Hestia – £1,250

Parish Fairer Share – £9,000

 

Mind – Grenfell / Blue Light Appeal – £2,780

Christian Aid (East Africa appeal) – £2,500

Christian Aid (Rohingya appeal) – £2,500

Bishops Lent Appeal – £1,370

Great Ormand Street Hospital – £1,976

Shooting Star Hospice – £1,976

What can you do?

We hope you all will learn about the organisations we support and the issues they face by giving your time, skills and practical support to volunteer.

  • Assist with raising money and donations in kind to support our chosen organizations
  • Give time to the organisations- they all need volunteers, skills and practical support
  • Link us up with what you do at school, Sunday school, work or home to make sure we have maximum impact

If you would like to volunteer please contact Rosie Taylor-Davis via the Parish Office

The Charities we Support

Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.

We work globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. We are part of a wider movement for social justice.

We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.

All Saints’ Contact: Parish Office

St Mary’s Contact: Michelle Penn at: [email protected]

We live in the communities we work in. We have a better understanding of what that community needs, so your money goes more directly to initiatives that will make a change.

We focus on individuals, their needs and aspirations. By getting alongside individuals they have a more profound effect on communities. Most of the people they help go on to help others, even if by just providing hope or a more positive role model for those around them. This type of change makes a longer term impact to the fabric of the community, it’s not just a quick fix.

The human touch.We connect better with those who need support. There is no fixed approach. We don’t give up on them.

Regenerate partner with various groups, churches and organisations, some of these are: Roehampton University Student Union, Wandsworth Public Health service, Catch 22, Regenerate-Rise, Liquid Connection, Heart for Romania, the Doddington Roof Garden Committee, and people from various churches including St Mary’s & All Saints Putney, St Michaels Southfields, C3 Church London, Rainbow Church Edmonton and Roehampton Methodist Church.

Regenerate is a registered charity and company Ltd by guarantee. We receive funding through individual donors, Churches and Trusts and Companies such as Children in Need, the Jack Petchy foundation and Church Urban Fund. We have also received funding from the Home Office and the Public health service.

All Saints Contact: Parish Office
St Mary’s Contact: Parish Office

The Diocese helps with projects in Zimbabwe and this Diocese.

All Saints’ Contact: Parish Office

St Mary’s Contact: Parish Office

Vulindlela Guardians is a small educational charity in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, that has been helping children to go to school since 2005. We pay school fees, provide regular meals, and support Patricia Tshabalala, the social worker, who runs a community centre where the pupils go to do their homework and use the library. These are children who experience incredible hardship in their lives. Some are orphans or may have been abandoned to be brought up by grandparents. Others have parents who are unemployed and cannot afford regular meals, let alone school fees. We currently pay for 75 children who we have supported through primary school and who are now in senior school in Bulawayo. We feed 150 children three times a week on ePap, a nourishing porridge.

It costs £200 a year to sponsor a child or £50 to feed a child for a year. Every little helps so please give generously on our JustGiving page.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/vulindlelaguardians2019

For more information, please contact:

Chantry Westwell – [email protected]

Ang Dales – [email protected]

For more information about Vulindlela Guardians please do look at the charity’s own website Click here

Formerly known as West London Churches Homeless Concern, Glassdoor relieves poverty among street homeless people in West London by providing accommodation, advice and support. Each winter since 1999, churches of different denominations in West London have provided the venues for our night shelter. Many other churches provide financial and in-kind support

As London’s largest emergency winter night shelter, Glass Door provides a safe, warm place to sleep for 70 to 100 men and women a night in partnership with churches across Hammersmith, Fulham, Kensington, Chelsea, Barnes and Putney. Homeless guests also have access advice, food, showers and laundry facilities from drop-in day centres. Every night 2 churches open their doors to 35 homeless people, they are given dinner and a warm space in which to sleep.

The night shelter at St Mary’s Church opens in November and it will be running every Monday through to Easter. Glass Door not only saves lives by providing refuge from the cold, we also help our guests build more stable futures.

For more information go to: www.glassdoor.org.uk

Contact: Clemancy Gordon-Martin at: [email protected]

Parish Action is supporting our local Foodbank in Putney but we need your help.

What you need to do

Please donate what you can from the lists that are displayed in both churches from the first Sunday of the month for collection and distribution on the second Sunday of the month.

We also require a number of volunteers each month to assist with the collection, sorting and delivery.

If you can help please contact:

St Mary’s representative – Rebecca Locke  07444 055136 or [email protected]

All Saints’ representative – Catherine Dando  07732 313123 or [email protected]

Church Members’ regular giving

Church of England churches are entirely self-financing. So St Mary’s can only operate because of the generosity of its members funding our worship and our work.

But it is also true to say that we are asked as Christians to be generous in giving to the church and those in need in response to God’s goodness to us. We know everyone’s circumstances are different. It is a matter of personal conscience and response to God. Click this link to read what Rev’d John Whittaker said as part of his AGM sermon on 17th March 2019.  In May this year St Mary’s will hold a funding programme when there will be further input to reflect on this area of stewardship.

God’s Generosity – Our Response – Supporting our Church

If you were at Church on Sunday 12th May, you would have heard bible readings, prayers, preaching and hymns on giving and our request that you reflect on your regular planned giving to the church. To listen to Rev’d John’s sermon, please do click on this link HERE

We also ask that everyone who belongs to St Mary’s review how much they give to the church and how they give it.

Why we give

All that we are and all that we have comes from the goodness and love of God. Christianity invites us all to respond with thankfulness giving of our gifts, time and money to the work of God’s church and the support of others in need. We are called to be generous, realistic and sacrificial in our giving.

Themes that will be covered over the next few weeks

Over the next few weeks, we ask that you carefully and prayerfully reflect on your committed regular giving to the church. To help you in this reflecting we will write to you about: ‘How our church centres on worship and prayer. Why our church building and community is so important. The role of our church in pastoral care and love. How our church teaches and nurtures children.

Why is this important?

The costs we incur to carry out the work we believe God calls us to are substantial. They have recently increased with the appointment of a families minister to support all those working with our young people and children. We ask those not currently giving in a regular committed way to start and those already giving to consider increasing the amount.

How can I be involved?

We would like you to reflect on the amount of money you regularly give to our church and how you give. Regular monthly planned giving allows us to prepare for our shared future. If you don’t contribute monthly and are in a position to do so, please click on the link below to start a monthly subscription using our simple online form. HERE

If you would like to set up a regular standing order, please use the form below:

Standing Order Form – a form to enable you to set up a monthly payment from your bank to the church.

If you would like to make a one-off payment please use the following form:

Gift Aid Declaration Form with notes – should be completed to accompany any one off payment to enable the church to reclaim any tax from the government.

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