April - May  Christian Aid

This month’s charity in focus is Christian Aid, and although Christian Aid week is officially 14th until 20th May, we are starting early so that our fund raising efforts do not clash with the parish’s preparations for our annual fete.

It is intended that our fund raising campaign for this important charity will continue into the first week of May, so there will be some more articles and information in next month’s magazine as well. Below is a list of some of the events that we have in store thus far.

Christian Aid Cream Tea

Sunday 7th May 2017 3.00-5.00 pm.

We are once again organising our annual Cream Tea in the St. Giles Centre on behalf of Christian Aid.

Film Evening - St. Giles Centre
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

Tuesday 19th May 8.00-8.15pm

Directed by Joel Zwick, Written by Nia Vardalos, and Starring Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine|

A young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity.

Christian Aid Street Collections

Christian Aid Week 14th - 20th May.

We will be having our usual door to door street collections which are a vital part of our fund raising efforts, bringing in well over £1000 each time. If you can spare some time to help in this then please sign up against a street on the flip chart in the porch of the church.

This fund raising activity has to take place during Christian Aid week which is between 14th and 20th May.

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

Money Raised for Charity 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


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

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