October: Poverty and Hope

Diocese of Rochester:
Poverty and Hope Appeal

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do’ (Ephesians 2:10)

Dear Friends,

We are called to love our neighbour, whether they are local or global, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works...” This past year we have seen the injustices of our world all too clearly, exacerbated by the global pandemic that has left no one unaffected.

Here in Rochester Diocese our Poverty and Hope appeal is one way that we look to right the wrongs that we see. For over 40 years your generous support has helped transform the lives of people across the world, and our appeal this year seeks to continue this work. Over the coming year, your gifts will bring hope to farmers in Malawi whose land has faced devastation because of climate change; seek justice for those in Zimbabwe that face HIV discrimination on a daily basis; and help provide a brighter future for survivors of child abuse in Sri Lanka. I am pleased to say that your gifts will also provide support for disadvantaged and marginalised young people right here in Kent through the wonderful work of Bore Place.

So, as churches, schools, and individuals, let us walk along the paths that God has prepared for us as we partner to do good works throughout our global home.

This year's projects

This year's Appeal is supporting four projects:

MALAWI: helping farmers adjust to climate change with drought-resistant crops. A new project for this Appeal.

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 commitment to help the Church of England’s work to support victims of modern slavery and exploitation.

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

KENT: exploring with young people global crisis issues linked with poverty, injustice, and climate change, working through Commonwork at Bore Place, an educational charity. Common work 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 Rt Rev James Langstaff:
Bishop of Rocheste

Charities in Focus 2022

It has been difficult since March 2020 to give the usual support to our Charity in Focus each month. We all hope that 2022 will see the return to our usual fund-raising activities and our nominated charities will benefit.

With this in mind there are available slots to be filled, namely one charity for the combined months of January and February, one charity for the combined months of July and August and one charity for December 2022.

If you have a charity which is close to your heart that you would like to nominate for 2022 please email Eddie Roberts

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 Film Evenings:

After what has seemed an age, I am delighted to announce the return of our charity 'Film Evenings' on

Monday 8th November at 8.15 p.m.
in the St. Giles Centre. 

On the Fiddle 1961 quad poster.jpg

The film is the one that we were supposed to show prior to lockdown - On the Fiddle starring Sean Connery and Alfred Lynch (1961).  Refreshments will be served. 

During the Second World War, spiv Horace Pope is taken to court for street peddling. In mitigation, he tells the magistrate he is working in the black market only while waiting to enlist in the war effort. 

On hearing this plea, the magistrate calls his bluff and forces him to sign up.

Tickets £5 in aid of the homeless charity CRISIS.

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