CHARITY IN FOCUS


April - May - Christian Aid

https://www.christianaid.org.uk/

This month’s Charity in Focus is Christian Aid and although Christian Aid week is officially 12th until 18th May, we are starting early so that our fund raising efforts do not clash with the Parish’s preparations for our annual Fete, which incidentally will be on Saturday 8th June. It is intended that our fund raising campaign for this important charity will continue into the first week of May.

Christian Aid is the international development agency for 41 sponsoring churches and keen to serve and work with other churches, too.

From the Christian Aid website:

“We were established so that the sponsoring churches and others ‘could respond to Christ’s command to care for all in need’. Our values are rooted in our Christian belief and are based on our understanding of relational theology, which asserts that human beings are called to have a special relationship with God and in turn to have a particular relationship with one another. Everything we do is in response to God’s gift to the world, of his son Jesus Christ. Jesus promised ‘good news’ for the poor and ‘freedom’ for the oppressed, calling us to action. Jesus called his followers to ‘love God and love your neighbour’. Through his life and teaching, his death and his resurrection, he inspired his followers to love God, love their neighbours and long for justice. Our faith in God, and in his loving relationship with us, gives us confidence and hope that poverty can be ended, despite all that might stand in the way.”

We made such a difference together last year

We fought poverty = £8m

Together we raised this incredible amount to help poor communities

We stood together = 57,000

This is how many of you gave your time to take part in Christian Aid Week

We raised funds = 2,266

You requested this many packs to support your Big Brekkie fundraising

 

https://www.christianaid.org.uk/




Charities to be supported 2019

This is the provisional list of charities to be supported in 2019. 

Month Charity
Jan / Feb ZANE - Zimbabwe A National Emergencu
March Guide Dogs for the Blind
April / May Christian Aid
(May / June The Parish Fete)
July / August Friends of St. Giles
September The Cystic Fibrosis Trust
October Poverty and Hope
November CRISIS
December Welcare in Bromley

Many thanks to all who have agreed to sponsor one of this year’s charities.  

Eddie Roberts
stgiles.charity@gmail.com

See below for totals raised for charity 2018.

About Charity in Focus

In matters of faith and religion talk can be easy.  The bible teaches us that if we cannot love the brother or sister who we can see how can we love God who we cannot. At St. Giles we seek to put love into action by supporting a range of charities and good causes.  

There is obviously a tremendous amount of need in our own country and across the world with many charities seeking our support. During the course of the year a number of designated charity is supported by our community.  Funds are raised in various ways including Coffee Mornings, Cake Sales, donations and sponsored events. 

There are specific charities which are supported each year on a regular basis,  the remaining months are available for parishioners to choose a charity whose aims and objectives are close to their heart. If you would like to sponsor a charity, or any further information,  then please contact our co-ordinator:



 
If you would like any information about the Charity in Focus scheme, do please get in touch with our co-ordinator: Helen Roberts, contact details above.

Money Raised 2018:

Month Charity
 
Jan/Feb Certitude £277
March MIND £388
April/May Christian Aid* £1,710
(May/June The Parish Fete £3,329)
Jul/Aug London City Mission /
Church Mission Society
£869
September Friends of St. Giles £415
October Poverty and Hope £587
November Crisis £693
December Welcare in Bromley £1,232
     
Total (excl. Parish Fete) £6,171
  (Total in 2017 £6,820)

* excludes street collections.

ABOUT ST. GILES CHURCH


 

Charity Film Night:
Going My Way

Wednesday 12th June
St. Giles Centre 8:00pm


Going My Way is a 1944 American musical comedy-drama film directed by Leo McCarey and starring Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald. Based on a story by Leo McCarey, the film is about a new young priest taking over a parish from an established old veteran.

Crosby sings five songs in the film, with other songs performed onscreen by Metropolitan Opera's star mezzo-soprano, Risë Stevens (in the role of a famous Metropolitan Opera performer) as well as the Robert Mitchell Boys Choir (in the role of juvenile deliquents turned into a choir).



Going My Way was the highest-grossing picture of 1944, and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winning seven, including Best Picture.  Its success helped to make movie exhibitors choose Crosby as the biggest box-office draw of the year.