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. 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 2018 this together represented giving over £4000 in financial support.
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 we host the Solidarity Social organised by Eagles Wing. Eagles Wing are a mutual support group for asylum seekers and local people in Bury, Lancashire. For more details take a look at this post.
In 2017 we gave a Christmas lunch in our church hall for those who would otherwise be on their own. This moved to St Mary’s for Christmas 2018.
In addition to those mentioned above, the charities that we financially supported in the last 12 months included: Bury Cancer Support, Children’s Society, Christian Aid, CMS, Crisis, Embrace the Middle East, North West Air Ambulance, Practical Action, Wood Street Mission, St Joseph’s Prayer Centre, Save the Children, Sense, Shelterbox, Solidarity and WaterAid. In December 2018 we hosted a Christmas Fair on behalf of 4Louis.
This activity all falls within the 5 key areas that are really important to us. Please go to our ‘about‘ page for more information.