Charities we are supporting

Mindful of the message and prayer of St Francis and of Michah’s challenge [Micah, Ch. 6, v. 8] ” …. what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God”, at St Francis’ we seek to be conscious of the needs of the wider world.

Charities we are particularly supporting throughout 2016/17:

Each year St Francis’ aims to follow the Biblical principle of the tythe, and so gives a tythe (one tenth) of its income to needy causes at home and overseas.

Our charitable and outreach giving enables us as a Church to collectively support community, outreach and welfare activities and provisions that we are presently unable to resource within our own Church capabilities, and this an important way in which we share with others the burden of being a caring, giving Church community living out our Christian calling.

At Christmas 2016 our support was to:

Shelter (www.shelter.org.uk):  (supporting the homeless and needy in Britain) and to The Red Cross Syria Appeal (www.redcross.org.uk/syriacrisis):  (particularly supporting the needy and refugees of and from the conflict in Syria).

For 2016/2017, Charities and good causes benefiting from our tything and support are:

OUR ‘MAJOR’ CHARITIES:

Acts of Random Kindness (ARK) Eastleigh; part of Zion Projects:  making a difference to those in our wider locality who have become disadvantaged by circumstance.            https://twitter.com/arkeastleigh

Fledge Youth Support:  A Christian-based Charity operating in Eastleigh Borough providing accommodation, support and mentoring for homeless young people between the ages of 16 and 24 in the local area, many from dysfunctional families .  https://fledgeuk.wordpress.com/

OTHER CHARITIES WE ARE SUPPORTING:

St Francis School Benevolent Fund: To support special financial needs identified by our local Church School.

Stop The Traffik – Solent ACT Group:  The local group of this national Charity working to stop people trafficking and to aid and train the authorities in identifying and helping those who have been trafficked. https://www.stopthetraffik.org

Winchester Cancer Research Trust:  A local Cancer Research support Group, whose work benefits many locally including potentially members of our own Congregation and neighbourhood.

Youth With A Mission (YWAM):  Supporting one of our own Church Family who works as a missionary with YWAM.  YWAM enables young people with a Christian vocation to make a difference to disadvantaged people in many locations world-wide.    http://www.ywam.org/

Follow the links to their websites to learn more about the work of each Charity.

Charities we support continually:

Fairtrade Traidcraft

St Francis’ is a Fair Trade Church – all of the tea and coffee we serve are fairly traded products, and we have a regular Traidcraft stall selling a wide range of products sourced under the auspices of the Fair Trade Foundation.

For more information on the work of the Fair Trade Foundation and on how to make a difference by buying and using Fairly Traded goods, click on the logos above or on these links Traidcraft and Fair Trade.

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Christian AidWe actively support the annual Christian Aid Week collections.

We welcome support to help us to complete coverage of the whole of the Parish as we collect from door to door during this week, to raise vital funds to support the great caring and development work of Christian Aid and its partner organisations, in areas of need internationally.

To support our Annual Christian Aid Week Collection please contact:

Geoff Roberts Christian Aid Secretary Via the Parish Office

To find out more about the Christian Aid movement click www.christian-aid.org.uk

Through the work of Christian Aid we are also supporting the “IF” campaign.  The IF Campaign, which brings a wide range of nation aid agencies and interests together is focused on lobbying the G8 Summit Conference to be held in the UK shortly.  The argument is simply that in a world where hunger is still rife, there is:

ENOUGH FOOD FOR EVERYONE IF …. the world and its Governments act together and address the obstacles to achieving a fair distribution of the world’s plentiful food capability.

Hunger is the world’s most shocking problem and our toughest challenge.  But IF we act together we can provide enough food for everyone.

To fid out more and to join the campaign click on the Christian Aid link above.

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stop the traffikIt may well be over two hundred years since the Abolition of Slavery in the UK, but did you know that globally 9.1 million men, women and children are trafficked across borders and within their own country at any given moment in time. It is the world’s fastest growing global crime, and sadly we have recently seen high profile legal cases of instances of human trafficking into a variety of forms of exploitation and abuse here in Britain.   St Francis’ supports the work of the Stop the Traffik campaign which is a global movement of individuals, communities and organisations fighting to prevent human trafficking around the world.

Stop the Traffik works to inspire, inform, equip and mobilise communities to know what trafficking is and how to identify it; to know how to protect themselves and others; and to know how to respond.  Through the work of Stop the Traffik, vulnerable ccommunities are being turned into places where it is harder for traffickers to hide their activities and their victims.  For  more information on this important work click www.stopthetraffik.org/

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toilet twinningValley Park has plentiful water supplies including several large balancing ponds to cope with excess rainwater!  We also enjoy excellent sanitation.  However 2.5 billion people – that’s 40% of the world’s population – don’t have somewhere safe, clean and hygienic to go to the loo.  So we have twinned our Church Loos with Loos in Uganda, to support the work of Cord and Tearfund, through their Toilet Twinning initiative, which is working to flush away poverty!  Click www.toilettwinning.org/ to learn more.