It is customary that we support the Diocesan Poverty and Hope Campaign during the season of Harvest.

This year this will run in parallel with our Support of St. Giles Stewardship Campaign,‘as we are using this month to invite everyone who loves St Giles to consider how best they can support our wonderful church.

Poverty and Hope Appeal:

At the heart of the gospel is Jesus’ call to love one another, and to look after those who are most vulnerable. Jesus calls us to ‘hunger and thirst for righteousness’ (Matthew 5:6), for a world free from poverty, injustice and exploitation.

Here in Rochester Diocese, our annual Poverty and Hope appeal is one way that we answer that call.

 The generous support that you give makes a significant and lasting change in the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people. The impact of Poverty and Hope is a truly global one; through our partner organisations your gift will bring hope to people in Asia, the Middle East and Africa (including our partner diocese of Harare in Zimbabwe).

You will also be supporting the wonderful work of Bore Place, giving opportunities to marginalised and disadvantaged young people right here in Kent.

Our 2019 projects

This year we are supporting five projects.

Sri Lanka

advocacy, intervention and rehabilitation for children who have been traumatised through experiences of exploitation and abuse.Support began in 2018, and the project builds on our diocese’s three year programme to help the Church of England’s work to support victims of modern slavery and exploitation.


tackling HIV/ Aids stigma across four dioceses in Zimbabwe, including our companion diocese of Harare. Supported since 2018.


 providing horticultural training for marginalised groups in Burundi. Newly supported this year.


providing education, training and support for young people whose lives have been affected by the conflict in Syria. Newly supported this year.


exploring with young people global crisis issues linked with poverty, injustice and climate change, working through Commonwork at Bore Place, an educational charity. Commonwork also works with young people with disabilities and learning difficulties to develop their skills and confidence, and with schools in high deprivation areas to tackle the rise in obesity. Receives long-term support.

The project in Syria will receive matching funds from the EU which means that for every £1 you give, the project will receive £10. This matched funding will continue for the duration of our support for the projects, notwithstanding the continuing uncertainties surrounding the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

Charities to be supported 2019

Month Charity
Jan / Feb ZANE - Zimbabwe A National Emergencu
March Guide Dogs for the Blind
April / May Christian Aid
(May / June The Parish Fete)
July / August Friends of St. Giles
September The Cystic Fibrosis Trust
October Poverty and Hope
November CRISIS
December Welcare in Bromley

Many thanks to all who have agreed to sponsor one of this year’s charities.  

Eddie Roberts

See below for totals raised for charity 2018

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 charities are 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 any information about the Charity in Focus scheme, do please get in touch with us.

We are now giving some thoughts to the charities that we would like to support in 2020. If there is a cause close to your heart that you would like to actively sponsor then do please put your idea forward for consideration.

Eddie Roberts, 01689 851267

Money Raised 2018

Month Charity
Jan/Feb Certitude £277
March MIND £388
April/May Christian Aid* £1,710
(May/June The Parish Fete £3,329)
Jul/Aug London City Mission /
Church Mission Society
September Friends of St. Giles £415
October Poverty and Hope £587
November Crisis £693
December Welcare in Bromley £1,232
Total (excl. Parish Fete) £6,171
  (Total in 2017 £6,820)

* * excludes street collections


Charity Film Night:
Reach for the Sky

Thursday 14th November 8pm
St. Giles Centre

This is a 1956 British biographical film about aviator Douglas Bader, based on the 1954 biography of the same name by Paul Brickhill.

The film stars Kenneth More and was directed by Lewis Gilbert. It won the BAFTA Award for Best British Film of 1956. The film's composer John Addison was Bader's brother-in-law.