Our church is an outward looking, generous fellowship supporting various local, national and international charities. This is through the financial giving at our annual Gift Day, and other events held during the year such as Lent Lunches and Coffee Mornings. In addition, there are members of the fellowship who are actively involved in work with programmes in India and Bangladesh, making regular visits to these countries.
Last year we supported the Camphill Village Trust in St Albans; this is an urban integrated community providing support and a thriving social network for adults with learning disabilities and mental health conditions. The Trust encourages independence and promotes inclusion in the wider community.
Through giving at our Lent Lunches, the local Salvation Army has been supported financially, and from their letter of acknowledgement it was evident that our support is very much appreciated.
Riding for the Disabled at Gaddesden Place has also been supported. RDA’s ponies and horses provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities of all ages, all over the UK.
Looking further afield, the church has been supporting the Mission Aviation Fellowship for a number of years, and has also welcomed its local representative to give an informative presentation. Working in partnership with hundreds of other Christian and relief organisations, MAF enables practical help, physical healing, and spiritual hope to be delivered to many of the most remote and inaccessible communities on the planet.
Another overseas project that is supported is Mary’s Meals. Mary’s Meals is focused on one goal in needy countries – that every child receives a nutritious daily meal in a place of education. These life-changing meals attract hungry children into the classroom, and with full tummies they have the energy and opportunity to learn, giving them the chance of a brighter future. The meals also support families struggling to feed their children while boosting the country’s wider economy.
World Vision has also been supported, and the list could continue! We give thanks to God for his generous provision, and express this in giving to others.