Thanks to those who gave so generously in the retiring collections following the two superb concerts by the string trio at our Patronal Festival celebrations. We haven’t counted the total amount but it will comfortably come to over £1000 towards our Charity of the Year appeal ‘Pumps for Mpwapwa’ – a project to provide a solar-powered water pump in the village of Msagali, Tanzania, in partnership with the Diocese of Mpwapwa.
And further thanks to our Junior Choir members who took the initiative to organise a cake sale after last Sunday’s service, also in aid of ‘Pumps for Mpwapwa’. They baked all the cakes themselves and raised a magnificent £385 for the charity. Thanks to all who bought cakes and supported the stall with generous donations.
Love never fails. Coronavirus impacts all of us. But love unites us all.
As this virus spreads across the world, love rises up in response. You’ve already shown incredible kindness to your neighbours. Now is the time to reach out to your neighbours both near and far.
Your love protects. From storms, from drought, and now from coronavirus. Your love protects our global neighbours battling the spread of this illness. Your love protects. With soap, clean water and medical supplies.
By making a donation this Christian Aid Week, you can reach out and protect more of your neighbours today.
Watch this short film about Florence who lives in Kenya, and the life-changing impact of a dam full of fresh water near to her village:
Please consider making a difference this Christian Aid week by:
- Making a donation to Christian Aid click here to donate
- Sending an e-Envelope to your friends, family and neighbours click here to send an envelope
Thank you for your support.
Sunday 26th April 2020, 11:00 am
The Friends of St Mary’s Church, Redbourn will be holding their AGM this Sunday, as a ‘virtual’ online meeting so that anyone can join it from their own homes, either to listen in or participate and ask questions.
If you would like to join the meeting please send Will an e-mail and he will reply with instructions on how to join.
The Friends have two simple aims: to maintain and beautify the fabric of St Mary’s Church and its churchyard.
The Friends raise funds in three major ways:
- Membership subscription
- Fundraising events
- Ad hoc donations and bequests
Our beautiful church is over eight hundred years old. There is much to do to maintain and improve the fabric so that future generations can also enjoy St Mary’s. The Friends were founded in 1977 as a result of the wish of many, living in or near Redbourn, to play a part in caring for the ancient building, irrespective of whether or not they worshipped there.
The Church is surveyed every five years and essential maintenance work is scheduled and prioritised. The Friends finance a portion of this work. They also contribute towards major restoration or improvement projects outside the scope of the five year survey.
Since 1977, the Friends have raised almost £80,000 and have made contributions to a wide range of projects. As well as donating over £40,000 for repairs to the church roof since 1990, the Friends have contributed in recent years for repairs to the organ, to the provision of new gates, lighting and a mower for the churchyard and to the preservation of the historic rood screen inside the church.
Joining in the Social Life. The Friends organise regular fund-raising social events, which over the past 20 years have added to the varied social life of the community of Redbourn.