New charity 

The Church has completed its fund raising for our charity in April; it was “>Cavendish Cancer Care”.
The new charity chosen by the Church and Society Committee is Deaf Child Worldwide. Although as individuals we all support our own favourite good causes, as a church we support many charities each year – by giving food items to the Grace Food Bank, sending food and toiletries at Harvest to the Archer Project, filling shoeboxes at Christmas, donating time, energy and a listening ear, not to mention homemade cakes, to people who drop in for company as well as refreshments on Wednesday mornings, selling and buying quizzes, supporting the Beaver scouts’ fundraising events, Corrymeela, Christian Aid (street collections, retiring collections for emergency aid) Hospital Sunday (end of January), the Samaritans (5p collection), Transport 17, the Leprosy Mission, – each year a new charity is chosen for which the church holds several fundraising activities over twelve months.

Many thanks again
Margaret Barron Church and Society

DEAF CHILD WORLDWIDE (reg charity no 1016532 England and Wales)


Our harvest service will be held on October 2nd and, as usual, we will be collecting non-perishable goods for the Cathedral Archer project.  The usual list of non-perishable food will be welcomed, with ring pull tins if possible and pot noodles which are always useful. Also much appreciated are sleeping bags, socks, boxer shorts, and ladies’ pants, hats and gloves.

There will be a lunch following the service.


 The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children round the world and, together with the local church worldwide to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1990 more than 113 million children in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child.  You can even do a shoebox online via Shoebox World – you pick the gifts, they shop and send it off for you for £18. Although you cannot include hand-knitted stuffed toys there are loads of patterns to knit up into glove puppets. They can be found on occuk/occ-knitting-patterns/  

Shoeboxes will be collected in at the South Group service.



Christian Aid week this year was from May 10th to 16th.  We collect house to house each year.  This week makes such a big difference to Christian Aid’s annual fund raising.

As we prepare for the door to door collection during Christian Aid week, there are some useful resources on the Christian Aid website, Your prayers and support for all our collectors will be much appreciated.

 Also on this website are details of an ecumenical prayer vigil across the world on the 24th of every month which it is intended will continue until there is a just and lasting resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Elaine Ferguson