The Poverty and Hope Appeal

The Bishop of Rochester launched the Poverty and Hope Appeal in May. He wrote “At the heart of the gospel is Jesus’ call to love one another and look after those who are most vulnerable. One way that our diocese responds to this call is through our annual Poverty and Hope Appeal.”

This year we are concentrating on supporting, in prayer and financially, projects in the DRC, Burkino Faso, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and, as always, Commonwork Trust. Rather than providing short-term relief, the overseas projects have development as their focus.

Two of the projects are new this year. As a diocese we are at the start of a three year programme to help the Church of England work to support victims of modern slavery and exploitation. The project in Sri Lanka is closely related to this. Also new is the work in Zimbabwe, which includes Rochester’s companion diocese of Harare. This project seeks to improve the lives of those living with HIV.

Our projects in the DRC and Burkino Faso continue. The former teaches people how to engage with local authorities so that their rights are recognised and met. Things are improving rapidly. People have safe places to trade and clean running water. Meanwhile, in Burkino Faso gifts of animals and assistance with agricultural improvements mean that many families have sufficient money for the children to go to school for the first time.

Here in the diocese Commonwork offers justice and global citizen education to school children and also helps vulnerable young people fulfil their potential. If you are involved with a school do get in touch with Commonwork and see all that they can offer.

Over 95% or the money we raise goes to the projects which are generally overseen by one of our partner organisations, Christian Aid, USPG, CMS and Commonwork. They ensure the money is well spent and report to the Poverty and Hope Committee, led by Bishop James, regularly.

More information about all the projects is available on the website or contact povertyandhopeappeal@googlemail. com. We are delighted to provide speakers for Sunday services, small group meetings and school assemblies. Debbie Cooper (Poverty and Hope Appeal coordinator).

Note: This annual appeal is one of the two main ways in which our diocese walks with our neighbours in different parts of the world. The other is through our Companion Diocese links with Estonia, Harare (Zimbabwe) and Kondoa and Mpwapwa in Tanzania. Many parishes, schools and communities enjoy friendships with our Christian sisters and brothers in these places.

For more information, please contact Mike Fawcett at

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:

Helen Roberts 01689 851267

Charities for 2018:

Month Charity
Jan / Feb Certitude
March MIND
April / May Christian Aid
(May / June The Parish Fete)
July / August London City Mission /
Church Mission Society
September Friends of St. Giles
October Poverty and Hope
November CRISIS
December Welcare in Bromley
IIf you would like any information about the Charity in Focus scheme, do please get in touch with our co-ordinator:

Helen Roberts 01689 851267


Money Raised 2017:

Month Charity
Jan/Feb The Maypole Project £354
March Water Aid £1,436
April/May Christian Aid* £900
(May/June The Parish Fete £3,500)
Jul/Aug Medicins Sans Frontiere £521
September The Stroke Association £349
October Poverty and Hope £610
November Crisis £1,004
December ABCD - Action around Bethlehem Children with Disability ** £1,646
Total (excl. Parish Fete) £6,820
  (Total in 2016 £6,149)

* excludes street collections £373

** Toys and Gifts from the Toy Service went to Welcare in Bromley


Charity Film Night:
War Horse (2011)

Wednesday 21st November
8:15 St Giles Centre

War Horse is a 2011 war drama film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay written by Lee Hall and Richard Curtis, based on Michael Morpurgo's 1982 novel of the same name and its 2007 play adaptation.

The film's ensemble cast includes Jeremy Irvine (in his film acting debut), Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Marsan, Niels Arestrup, Toby Kebbell, David Kross, and Peter Mullan.

Set before and during World War I, it tells of the journey of Joey, a bay Thoroughbred horse raised by British teenager Albert (Irvine), as he is bought by the British Army, leading him to encounter numerous individuals and owners throughout Europe.