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 previous years, it has been agreed by the vicar, church wardens and PCC that St John’s church will continue with tithing in 2020 and the PCC agreed to providing an amount to support a number of charities. At the PCC meeting in February, these donations, recommended to the PCC by the External Giving Team, were agreed for 2020 and St John’s donated the following amounts:
- £1000 to the Ghana Sekondi Diocese,
- £1000 to the Church Mission Society,
- £750 to ‘Friends without Borders’ for their work supporting refugees,
- £750 to Joy for Children to support families with disabled children in Uganda,
- £750 to St George Foundation which provides child welfare support in Freetown, Sierra Leone,
- £750 to Fareham and Gosport Basics Bank to buy provisions for those in need,
- £750 to Two Saints, a Christian charity supporting local homeless people,
- £500 to The Bible Society, for their global mission to offer the Bible to every man, woman and child,
- £250 to Light for Bulgaria, to help the elderly and disabled people who live in the mountain villages of South West Bulgaria,
- £500 to Barnabas Fund, to help Christians who are being targeted and oppressed.
- £500 to Anti-slavery International, a long-established charity that works to free the world from slavery.
The charities above have a historical link to St John’s and many 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 Ghana and this donation is made via the Fareham Deanery IDWAL link.
Church Mission Society
St John’s contribution is to the CMS General Fund.
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.
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.
Two Saints is a Christian charity that supports homeless and vulnerable people in crisis locally and around Hampshire and the South Coast.
The Bible Society
The Bible Society is charity on a global mission to offer the Bible to every man, woman and child. We use their material for the Bible Course.
Light for Bulgaria
Light for Bulgaria is a UK registered charity set up to help the elderly and disabled people who live in the mountain villages of South West Bulgaria.
The Barnabas Fund
The Barnabas Fund is an international, interdenominational Christian aid agency that supports Christians who face discrimination or persecution as a consequence of their faith. It was established in 1993 and channels aid to projects run by national Christians in more than 50 countries.
This is long-established charity that works to free the world from slavery.
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 £6,000 was raised in this way during 2019. We are blessed with a generous community.