We believe it is our Christian duty to help those in need or those who are suffering and we are seeking to make a difference both in our local area and to wider society:
- The parish is responsible for choosing a charity each month which we donate to.
- The parish has a tithing formula for its charitable giving and the amount is shared between charities.
- The parish gives via the Parish World Bank and Christian Aid.
- The parish hosts the Easter Team who work to feed homeless and vulnerable people.
We are considering a charity for a long term relationship. Suggestions are welcome.
At Christmas 2016, our collections were for:
- The Salvation Army who work with a variety of people including those in poverty or situations of domestic abuse. They also provide support and advice to the homeless and unemployed, tackle loneliness in older people and work to trace family members who have lost touch with each other.
- Crawley Open House who provide local support and services for those suffering the effects of homelessness, unemployment, loneliness, discrimination, or other forms of social exclusion. Visitors to their day centre can access health services, benefits and housing advice, workshops and classes as well as hot food and drinks and empathy and kindness.
- Our own Parish, where there are several projects requiring our attention such as refurbishment of the St Barnabas’ Hall flooring, heating and toilets, as well as addressing water ingress to the bell tower at St Nicholas’.
In Christmas 2015, we gave to:
- Christians Against Poverty, a group striving to release people in the UK from debt, poverty and the causes
- Mary’s Meals, set up to help Bosnian children
- Rockinghorse, a Brighton-based charity which has been supporting children for nearly 50 years
In 2014, our monthly giving was split between Crisis, St Catherine’s Hospice and the Amala Children’s Home in India and in Christmas 2014, we:
- Donated toys, games and books to the Golden Lion Children’s Trust
- Collected £777.21 from boxes in our homes for the Children’s Society and £150 at our Christingle Services
- Collected £1,887. 84 from our collections which was split between Shelter, Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group, World Vision and our parish.