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
Earlier this year it was agreed by the vicar, church wardens and PCC that St John’s church would continue with tithing and the PCC agreed to providing an amount to support a number of charities. At the PCC meeting on June 6th, the first donations, recommended to the PCC by the External Giving Team, were agreed for 2017 and St John’s donated the following amounts:
- £800 to the parish of Awaso, our Ghana Link,
- £1,000 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,
- £450 to ‘Friends without Borders’ for their work supporting refugees,
- £450 to ‘The Children’s Society’ the Christian movement supporting young people in care,
- £244 to the ‘Garden of Good Wishes’ to build and extend the facilities at the home in Brook Lane for adults with special needs and where Ross King, a member of our congregation lives.
All the charities above have received support from St John’s in the past, lately through the External Giving Team and each has a nominated contact from St John’s who can provide us with news and updates. Titithing to these charities is from the PCC funds and is in addition to the regular giving events organised by members of St John’s.
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 latest newsletter
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”.
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. We are blessed with a generous community.