At St John’s, we believe that we should share what we have through a programme of external giving throughout the year.
Tithing from the PCC Funds
As in 2017 it has been agreed by the vicar, church wardens and PCC that St John’s church will continue with tithing in 2018 and the PCC agreed to providing an amount to support a number of charities. At the PCC meeting on February 26th, these donations, recommended to the PCC by the External Giving Team, were agreed for 2018 and St John’s donated the following amounts:
- £1000 to the parish of Awaso, our Ghana Link,
- £1000 to the Church Mission Society, currently supporting Faith Gordon working in Brazil,
- £800 to support Upturn, a part of Solent Mind, that provides help and support to young people needing support for mental health issues,
- £500 to ‘Friends without Borders’ for their work supporting refugees,
- £1000 to Joy for Children to support families with disabled children in Uganda,
- £1000 to St George Foundation which provides child welfare support in Freetown, Sierra Leone,
- £500 to EMMAUS, a UK based charity and community working together to end homelessness,
- £500 to the Salvation Army for their work with the homeless locally and nationally,
- £500 to the Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS) to support church leadership development.
- £500 to The Trussell Trust, a Christian charity supporting local foodbanks.
- £1000 to Mustard Seed Appeal supporting the Church to extend a helping hand in financial distress.
- £474 to Fareham and Gosport Basics Bank to buy provisions for those in need at Christmas.
The charities above have a historical link to St John’s and most have received support from St John’s in the past, lately through the External Giving Team. Tithing to these charities is from the PCC funds and is in addition to the regular giving events organised by members of St John’s. Each has a nominated contact from St John’s who can provide us with news and updates. More information is available on the Mission Board in church and below.
St John’s has a long-established relationship with the Parish of St Matthew’s in Awaso, Ghana and members of the two churches continue to remain in regular contact. There have been visits both to Ghana by members of St John’s and also visits to St John’s by clergy from St Matthew’s. Members of St John’s have taken St Matthew’s into their hearts and regularly given generously towards this work.
Church Mission Society
St John’s contribution to CMS has been to support Faith Gordon on her mission in Brazil. This is her last newsletter which describes her reasons for leaving CMS to pursue another challenge in Brazil.
Solent Mind Upturn Project
The Upturn project offers support to young people age 14-18 with mental health issues, such as anxiety, stress, self-harm, low mood and depression. Upturn offers talking therapies and teaches a range of skills and techniques to help young people better manage their mental health.
Friends without Borders
Friends without Borders exists to support some of the poorest and most neglected people. It is not always widely known that asylum seekers and refugees face a very difﬁcult, not to say hostile environment in this country. The following pdf documents provide more details:
FWB has a Facebook page which gets updated regularly and contains some interesting snippets. Search for “Friends without Borders, Portsmouth”.
Joy for Children
This is a Christian UK registered charity that works in Uganda. They focus on development projects that empower and provide for some of the most disadvantaged people in the poorest areas of Kampala.
St George Foundation
St George Foundation is a charity which rescues street-children in Freetown, Sierra Leone. They assisted during the Ebola epidemic from 2014 to 2015 and the mud slide disaster in 2017.
Emmaus is a UK based charity and community working together to end homelessness. They don’t just offer a bed for the night, they offer a home for as long as someone needs it, as well as meaningful work in social enterprises.
The Church Pastoral Aid Society enables mission in local churches across the UK.
The Trussell Trust
The Trussell Trust supports a network of over 400 foodbanks, giving emergency food and support to people in crisis across the UK. They also have their More Than Food programme, to help foodbanks develop into community hubs, providing people in need with emergency food and a range of support in one location.
Mustard Seed Appeal
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Mustard Seed Appeal was born out of his vision for a fairer, more just and equitable financial system in this country that works for all sectors of society, but particularly those who are excluded and disenfranchised from mainstream financial services. The Appeal raises vital funds for the Just Finance Foundation.
Fareham and Gosport Basics Bank
The Fareham and Gosport Basics Bank is a Christian charity providing practical support for any in crisis (food, toiletries, some clothing) in a welcoming, caring environment where each person is valued and respected as an individual.
Fundraising through the year
In addition to tithing by the PCC, there are various charity fundraising events throughout the year. These take the form of retiring collections for DEC crisis appeals through to coffee mornings for cancer charities. Over £6,900 was raised in this way during 2017. We are blessed with a generous community.