This year St Mary’s charity is Dementia UK and, in addition to raising money, we also want to provide practical support for those living with dementia.
Please consider joining our team of volunteers who will be visiting St Matthew’s Care Home to chat with residents suffering from dementia. Just an hour or two of your time each week would enrich the lives of these residents, many of whom have no regular contact with friends or family.
Because we’ll work as a team there will be cover for weeks when you aren’t able to visit the Home. Advice and mentoring will be provided by the Care Home and you’ll be able to share ideas with other team members. You are even encouraged to bring your dog or a child – guaranteed to delight the residents!
If you think you might be able to help, please contact Stephen Boffey for further information, without any obligation.
Many thanks to all who supported Sunday’s Cake Sale organised by the Mothers’ Union in support of the people of Chamnye in Tanzania with whom we have a special link.
This short video gives an insight into how the money raised by the Mothers’ Union in recent years has been used. Do turn up the volume on your computer to hear the wonderful music!
We are delighted to announce that a total of £10,500 was raised in 2017 to support our Charity of the Year, Open Doors UK, serving persecuted Christians throughout the world.
Highlights of the year have included the wonderful concert given by Julie & David Beaman and friends from the BBC Concert Orchestra, another successful Harvest Supper and Quiz, the sponsored reading of the gospels by the Gospellers, and the memorable ‘Beer and Carols’ at the Cricketers.
And of course our support of Open Doors wasn’t just about money – a cycle of prayer for countries in Open Doors’ ‘World Watch List’ has continued through the year, with the ‘Bells for Peace’ initiative focussing a week of prayer on 50 countries where it is most difficult to live as a Christian with 50 tolls of the church bell each day.
Will and Tim both made visits to countries in the World Watch list, and gave insightful talks on their experiences and the challenges facing Christians in those countries on their return.
Thank you all so much for your support, and watch this space for details of our Charity of the Year for 2018.
The Charitable Finance Committee