October - Poverty and Hope

Poverty and Hope appeal

The Diocese of Rochester Poverty and Hope Appeal channels Christian concern in our Diocese about justice for the poor and food for the hungry towards our commitment to tackle the causes and effects of poverty in different parts of the world.

The Appeal has been raising money since 1977 to help eradicate poverty in the UK and abroad. It aims to do this by supporting national and international projects that focus on core issues that lie at the heart of poverty – agriculture, education, empowerment of disadvantaged people and communities, and healthcare. It also seeks to foster education in the Diocese, working with schools on issues of global citizenship and encouraging churches, schools and communities to learn more about the causes of poverty and how it can be tackled around the world.

The 2017 Poverty and Hope Appeal was launched by James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester in May 2017. There are five projects.

KENT: exploring with young people global crisis issues linked with poverty, injustice and climate change, working through Commonwork, an educational charity. Receives long-term support.

ARGENTINA: supporting marginalised people and protecting the land on which they live and depend. Supported since 2015.

BURKINA FASO: improving food security in the face of increasingly unpredictable weather. Supported since 2015.

DEMORCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC): helping members of marginalised communities understand their rights and work with local authorities to secure resources and assistance. Supported since 2016.

INDIA: empowering vulnerable women through community councils. Supported since 2015.

The project in Burkina Faso will receive matching funds from the EU which means that for every £1 you give, the project will receive £10. Similarly, the project in the DRC will receive EU matching funding of £3 for every £1 you give.

We expect this matched funding to continue notwithstanding uncertainties surrounding the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

This year your generosity will transform lives across the globe. You’ll help facilitate peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo, feed families in Burkina Faso, tackle deforestation in Argentina, bring justice for vulnerable women in Delhi and help young people in Kent to grow into global citizens.

Please give generously and join us as we pray and give to our neighbours as Jesus calls us to.

Charities for 2017:

The schedule for 2017 includes one extra month. We had many offers to support a charity in 2016, and were not able to include all those who wanted to take on one of the slots.  Many thanks to all who have agreed to sponsor one of the charities, and in anticipation, to those who will support their efforts.
Jan / Feb The Maypole Project
March Water Aid
April / May Christian Aid
(May / June The Parish Fete)
July / August Médecins Sans Frontières
September The Stroke Association
October Poverty and Hope
November CRISIS
December Action around Bethlehem Children with Disability (ABCD)
(Toys and gifts from the Toy Service to go to Welcare in Bromley)
If you would like any information about the Charity in Focus scheme, do please get in touch with our co-ordinator:

Alison Reynolds tel: 01689 858929

About Charity in Focus

In matters of faith and religion talk can be easy.  The bible teaches us that if we cannot love the brother or sister who we can see how can we love God who we cannot. At St. Giles we seek to put love into action by supporting a range of charities and good causes.  


There is obviously a tremendous amount of need in our own country and across the world with many charities seeking our support. During the course of the year a number of designated charity is supported by our community.  Funds are raised in various ways including Coffee Mornings, Cake Sales, donations and sponsored events. 

There are specific charities which are supported each year on a regular basis,  the remaining months are available for parishioners to choose a charity whose aims and objectives are close to their heart. If you would like to sponsor a charity, or any further information,  then please contact our co-ordinator:

Alison Reynolds tel: 01689 858929



Charity Film Night:
Laughter in Paradise

Tuesday 14th November
8:15pm St. Giles Centre

This is s a British comedy film released in 1951. The film stars Alastair Sim, Fay Compton, George Cole and Guy Middleton

Money Raised 2016:

Month Charity
Jan/Feb The Medaille Trust £300
March Water Aid £1,360
April/May Christian Aid* £974
(May/June The Parish Fete £3,281)
Jul/Aug Friends of the PRUH £585
Sept/Oct Friends of St. Giles £464
November Crisis £1,003
December Welcare in Bromley £1,463
Total (excl. Parish Fete) £6,149
  (Total in 2015 £8,576)

* excludes street collections £1,141

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