St John & St Mark Church Bury

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We care about the world and the community in which we live and we support a number of local, national and international charities. Often this can be through specific fundraising events. In 2021 this included, for instance, a sale of knitting wool which had been donated to us which helped raise over £400 for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. We also allocate funds to charitable causes as decided by our church council. Each year we aim to give away a minimum of 10% of our planned income to others who need our help.

We have a weekly ‘copper collection’ too during our 10.30am Sunday Services. This money goes to charities which are suggested by the young people in our church.

In 2020 this together represented over £3,800 in financial support.

Practical Help

We also give practical help to Caritas and the Porch Project with gifts of food and sometimes clothing. Plus we make up ‘Shoe Boxes’ filled with small gifts for children suffering hardship in Belarus. We donate second hand Christian books to the Book Aid Charitable Trust for distribution to needy areas around the world. Closer to home we have helped Springside and Tottington Schools with their appeal for children’s books.

On the second Saturday of each month (when not in lock-down) we host the Solidarity Social organised by The Eagles Wing. The Eagles Wing are a mutual support group for asylum seekers and local people in Bury, Lancashire. Their work has been recognised with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2020.

Financial Support

In addition to those mentioned above, the charities that we financially supported last year included: Bury Cancer Support, Caritas Salford, Christian Aid, Church Mission Society, Practical Action, The Royal British Legion, St Joseph’s Prayer Centre, Solidarity, Tearfund and WaterAid.

We also supported The Attic Project with money received over the Christmas period.

This activity falls within the 5 key areas that are really important to us. Please go to our ‘about‘ page for more information.

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