Away From It All (AFIA)

Away From It All (AFIA) is a Mothers’ Union holiday scheme, primarily funded by our members, to give the opportunity of a break to those who may be experiencing stress or difficulties in their family life. On average, we help 2,500 people to have a holiday each year.

Families are able to spend time together away from their stressful situations at home, engage in activities together and have fun. They often experience healing in their relationships by spending this quality time with each other.

Mothers’ Unions involved with AFIA will:

* Help fund part of the cost of a holiday

 * Cover a family’s travel expenses,

* Pay for a whole holiday or day trip

* Organise family weeks for groups of families to have a break with activities and outings.

A number of our dioceses also have mobile homes they fund so that numerous families can enjoy a holiday together throughout the year. Families hoping to have an AFIA holiday don’t have to be a member of a church or our organisation and you can apply for yourselves or recommend someone else for a holiday.

We will try to find the most suitable holiday, because everyone is different!

About Mother's Union

Our vision is a world where everyone prospers. We actively pursue this vision through prayer and action, helping to build confident people and resilient communities.

 Our movement seeks to bring about justice, challenge prejudice and advocate change.  

We aim to show our Christian faith by helping the sustainable transformation of communities worldwide. We do this by helping to nurture strong relationships at all levels, promoting peace and reconciliation locally, nationally and globally.  

We aim to:

* encourage parents in their role to develop the faith of their children

* maintain a worldwide fellowship of Christians united in prayer, worship and service

* promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life and the protection of children

* help those whose family life has met with adversity

* promote and support married life.

Present in 84 countries, our members are not all mothers, or even all women. They are single, married, parents, grandparents, or young adults just beginning to express their social conscience.

Mothers' Union provides a network through which they can serve Christ in their own community. This is done through prayer, financial support and actively working at the grassroots level in programmes that meet local needs.

Charitiy in Focus 2022

Here are the nominated charities for 2022.

Month Charity
Jan - Feb The Church of Bangladesh
March Zimbabwe a National Emergency (ZANE)
April  - May Christian Aid
(May - June The Parish Fete)
July - August Away From It All (AFIA)
September The Friends of St. Giles
October Poverty and Hope
November CRISIS
December The Bromley Homeless Shelter

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.

Eddie Roberts, 01689 851267

Charity in Focus 2021

Month Charity
Jan / Feb ZANE - Zimbabwe A National Emergency
March Hearing Dogs for the Deaf
April / May Christian Aid
(May / June The Parish Fete)
July / August The Primrose Centre
September Friends of St. Giles
October Poverty and Hope
November CRISIS
December Friends of the PRUH.
Eddie Roberts


Charity Film Night:

The Way (2010)

Thursday 22nd Sept, 7:15 for 7:30pm
St. Giles Centre

This is a 2010 American-Spanish drama film directed, produced and written by Emilio Estevez and starring Martin Sheen, Deborah Kara Unger, James Nesbitt, and Yorick van Wageningen.

In it, Martin Sheen's character walks the Camino de Santiago, a traditional pilgrimage route in France and Spain.