Charity support

Charities and Links


Charitable giving is an essential part of the good news our Christian faith encourages us to proclaim. St James’s has a strong tradition of supporting other agencies in relieving need and Christian mission. There is an annual programme of fund-raising projects e.g. Lent Appeal, Christian Aid Week and Harvest appeal. Further the church gives £10000 from its budget to charities. Gifts of food are sent on to the Food Bank; unwanted tools are passed onto to TWAM. The church supports Fair Trade: by providing Fairtrade refreshments, and a monthly stall.

Charities & LinksOver the past ten years, St James has made donations averaging £14,000 a year. This level of sustained giving has been possible because the parish policy was to try and give one tenth of its income. About seven per cent came from the annual budget and the rest from collections or fund raising activities throughout the year, typically during Lent, Harvest and Advent. Unfortunately, as parish expenditure has been greater than income for a couple of years, the PCC decided to change the way we support charities. Instead of using PCC funds, the parish will organise specific fundraising initiatives. 

The Charity support team looks after the parish's charitable giving. It tries to ensure donations are split evenly between charities that support people here in the U.K. and charities supporting people overseas. See Charities supported by St James's.

St James supports Christian Aid, a charity that works with people, of all faiths and none, to combat poverty and injustice across the world. During Christian Aid Week each May, parishioners deliver and collect envelopes from households throughout Hampton Hill. Together with donations from parishioners, this typically raises £3500.

Tools with a missionNon-monetary collections include the Harvest collection of non-perishable items for The Upper Room in Hammersmith and parishioners are encouraged to donate unwanted tools and equipment to Tools With A Mission (shown left).

Giving is also about sharing our lives and growing in understanding and friendship. St James has a long-standing relationship with St Luke’s Mission Hospital in Milo, south west Tanzania. We help where we can, recently contributing to the purchase of a replacement vehicle, an oxygen concentrator and laboratory equipment.

The parish also takes an active interest in ALMA, the partnership link between the Diocese of London and the Anglican Church in Angola and Mozambique. Since ALMA began in 1998, we have supported all of its Lent Appeals.

The Upper RommAwareness and prayer are as important as the money and goods that we give. In April 2017, we were delighted to welcome Bishop Matthew Mhagama and his wife Scola to St James. Bishop Matthew talked about Milo hospital and also told us of his plans for the Diocese of South West Tanganyika. In September Simon Tuke came to talk about the Upper Room and in October we greatly enjoyed welcoming our mission partners, David and Shelley Stokes, on home leave from Argentina. While not as good as personal contact, our magazine and website and intercessions all help to foster a better understanding of our supported charities throughout the year.

Find out more

Charities supported by St James's 
St James's involvement in the community through the years 

Contact

Dennis Wilmot