Charities & Social Responsibility Committee
|Silke Tetzlaff||Ex. Officio||n/a||n/a|
|Doreen Braganza||Committee Member||n/a||n/a|
|Petra Ashdowne||Committee Member||n/a||n/a|
|Maureen Brice||Non PCC||n/a||n/a|
Purpose and Scope
The Sub-committee will be responsible to the PCC for:-
- Compiling a list of charities to be supported through the monthly Charity Sunday scheme and ensuring the necessary promotion is placed in the Parish Magazine and weekly notice sheet.
- Development of links with other agencies for charitable relief.
- Other matters, as referred to it by the PCC.
- Arranging speakers for Charity Sundays.
- Bring to the attention of the PCC matters of social responsibility on both a global and local scale.
- The development of schemes (with other bodies and churches, as appropriate) that respond to identified needs.
- To raise awareness of issues on a global or local scale (notifying of demonstrations concerning peace, justice and social responsibility matters).
- Working closely with other bodies with common aims (such as the Partnership Framework).
We have a social responsibility within the community to react to the needs of the Parish.
We have been successful in areas such as Bereavement Counselling, assistance with travel to and from Church and enabling worshippers from Mote Lodge to be involved in our services to name just a few.
One area that has proved helpful within the village has been the Remembrance Stars at Christmas available in Church for people to write short messages. These stars are then hung on the Christmas tree and blessed. A book is available for people to write additional messages. A large number of people have found this very helpful, especially as Christmas is a time when we all remember and reflect on family members no longer with us.
We also provide Lilies in Memory at Easter and with the generosity of the congregation, gifts for Homeless Care at Easter, Harvest and Christmas.
If you have any ideas or thoughts that you would like considered please contact the committee.
Making it easier for you to give.
Some of you have commented that the organisation of Charity Sundays has not always allowed you to give to those charities that you wished.
You have asked for more notice of which charities are to be supported and more flexibility in the way that the system operates.
With the agreement of the PCC, we have developed the concept more into a “Charity of the Quarter ”.
In practice, this means that, as long as you clearly label your gift, we will accept contributions to the nominated charity in collections at any time during the 3 month period.
We hope that this development will help give you more flexibility in the organisation of your charitable giving.
We have a list of well-known Charities (not exhaustive but growing) including contact numbers and Web Site links, please take a look at the Charitable Organisations Links Page
Ever wondered where to look if you have a problem and don’t know where to turn, well, take a look at the Pastoral Care Links Page
Charity Sunday is the second Sunday of the month, except in November when it is the first Sunday.
- Please put any money you wish to give to CHARITY ON CHARITY SUNDAY in a BLUE envelope and write “FOR CHARITY” on the outside. You do not need to fill in all the details.
ORANGE ENVELOPES are used for REGULAR MONTHLY CHARITABLE GIVING. This is particularly helpful if you are a taxpayer, but anyone may use them as a reminder to donate to our charity. These may be put in the collection plate on any Sunday.
Tony Henley is able to supply you with these envelopes.
- Any LOOSE MONEY in the collection plate on Charity Sunday, and BLUE envelopes NOT marked “For Charity” will go to the church. White weekly offering envelopes continue as usual.
PLEASE MAKE CERTAIN THAT THE MONEY YOU WISH TO DONATE GOES TO THE CORRECT FUND.
Audrey Bullock – Charity Convenor.
Charities for 2022
|Month||Charity Website||Church Page|
|9th January/13th February/13th March||Centrepoint (speaker 9th January)|
|Charity for April 2022 to March 2023 inclusive|
|Dandelion Time (speaker 3rd April)|
|Remembrance Sunday 13th November||Royal British Legion 10:45am Morning Service|
|Service of Remembrance. Date not yet available.||Cruse|
|Christmas Eve 24th December - Christingle||The Children's Society|
|Christmas Cards||Demelza House|
|Easter, Harvest & Christmas||Maidstone Homeless Care|
Charities for 2021
|Month||Charity Website||Church Page|
|10th January/14th February/14th March||Symbol Trust (speaker 10th January)||Symbol Trust>|
|11th April/9th May/13th June||Fegans (speaker 9th May)||Fegans|
|11th July/8th August/12th September||Dementia U.K. (speaker 11th July)||Dementia UK|
|10th October/7th November/12th December||Kent M.S. Therapy Centre (speaker 10th October)|
|Remembrance Day 14th November||Royal British Legion 10:45am Morning Service|
Cruse 6.30pm Evening Service
|24th December - Christingle||The Children's Society|
|Gift Aid Tax Refund 2021||Womankind Wordlwide|
|9th January/13th February/13th March||Centrepoint|
The work of the Charity Committee is wide-ranging. We select Charities each year to receive the collection plate offerings over a 3 month period. The Charities are selected to give a balance between local, national and Worldwide causes, as well as secular and non-secular organisations.
We also react as necessary with special collections during times of crisis i.e. major disasters such as Floods or Earthquakes.
If you have a Charity that you actively support and would like us to consider, please contact the committee.
Will you be a Filmbox Star?
This year the charity committee has been asked to do extra fundraising for our chosen charities. You already all give generously in your orange envelopes and once a month with loose money in the collection plate, and thank you for that. This will continue as usual. There are lots of raffles, coffee mornings and cake sales, so we thought we would try something else. We would like to give as many of you as feel able to have one, an empty film box. Would you then, please, put your spare change in it (silver if possible, but pound coins welcome too!). When it is full please return it to Maureen Brice or Audrey Bullock.