Every year, we choose charities that we can support at Christmas through collections made in our special services. This year, we have chosen The Salvation Army as our national charity and Crawley Open House as our local charity.
The Salvation Army 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 provides 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.
Money collected will be split between these and our 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’.
Worth Parish are pleased to announce that the charities that will be supported through collections at our Christmas services this year are:
- The Salvation Army (national)
- Crawley Open House (local)
- Our own parish
Collection money will be split equally between these charities.
In the church services on Sunday, you heard something of St Thomas’ story and had the chance to reflect on it. I’d like to use these few inches to draw attention to our “Charity Cabaret” on 16 July. This will be a great event to invite some friends and show them that we have fun together whilst also taking seriously our commitment to the wider community. The “Cabaret” reference in the evening’s title is pretty obvious – and one of the reasons it is a “can’t miss” event. The “Charity” reference has, I gather, given rise to some confusion.
So, to explain one aspect of that … The PCC puts aside a ‘tithe’ (10%) of its income each year (not counting any given for a specific purpose and after the deduction of certain costs) to give to other charities. This is one of the means by which we seek to be friends and “constantly there” for those beyond our church family.
Each person who comes to the Charity Cabaret evening will have a part in distributing up to £2000 of this money amongst a range of charities – local, national and international. There will be display boards on show at the Cabaret evening giving information about these charities. The boards will also be on display at St Barnabas’ after the event until the end of July to allow those who were not at the Charity Cabaret to have a chance to have a say in which charities we support this year.
Do, please, take part and use your vote!