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 Christian mission. We strive to relieve need and to raise significant funds for charitable grants from special collections and other fund raising 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 UK and charities supporting people overseas. See the page 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.

Non-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. Gifts of food are sent on to the Food Bank and the church supports Fair Trade by providing Fairtrade refreshments, and a monthly stall.

Our charitable outreach at St James is of course about more than money – it’s about understanding the work that each charity does, building relationships with the people who do the work and sharing the good news. St James has a long-standing relationship with St Luke’s Mission Hospital in Milo, south west Tanzania. 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.

Charitable giving during 2018

2018 was the first full year where the congregation had been asked to support the chosen charities as the church was not able to if it was to balance the books. So the church was asking for ‘new money’ to support the charities and the congregation is to be applauded and thanked for a very generous response.

At the start of the year the Lent Appeal raised £2,733 for the Church Mission Society (for David and Shelley Stokes in northern Argentina), and Welcare. During the year various events including the wine tasting, St James’s day activities, including the raffle and auction, plus Nick and Genevieve’s Anniversary concert raised a total of £2,512 for the church's chosen four charities: Bishop Wand School, London Churches Refugee Fund, Tools with a Mission (TWAM) and ALMA (Angola London & Mozambique Association). Then the Harvest Appeal raised £1,152 for The Upper Room project in Hammersmith. Except for Christian Aid and the Children’s Society, which have always been separate and specific appeals, the total raised from the congregation for charity in 2018 was £7,897. This compares quite well with 2017 where £10,000 came from church funds and £2,925 from the Lent and Harvest Appeals.

Charity concert 2018In 2018 Christian Aid raised £3,733, up about £100 on 2017, although there is an increasing difficulty in recruiting collectors, with some resistance to knocking on people’s doors. The Children’s Society raised £1,155 from the collection boxes, Christingle candles and the plate collection, about the same as in 2017.

A more charitable future

For 2019 we are hopeful that fundraising will enable us to continue to support the causes we value. If you have any ideas or could offer to host an event such as Nick and Genevieve’s charity concert, do speak to Dennis.

With the necessary church cutbacks last year it was quite refreshing for a large personal donation to be able be made to Milo hospital in south west Tanzania and so continue our support there. In late November we were honoured to be visited at the church by two doctors, Adrian and Hilary Murray from North Wales, who at the invitation of local Bishop Mathew Mhagama are to work as volunteers at Milo for at least a year starting next August. This was an inspiring visit and they already have plans to make Milo a maternity centre of excellence, also a centre of excellence for the treatment of HIV, and to fundraise for X-Ray equipment.

The personal touch

It was almost certainly not a coincidence that the Charity Support team met the very next day after the Murray’s visit and wholeheartedly decided to make Milo one of our main charities to support again in 2019 and beyond. This visit by the Murrays, also by David and Shelley Stokes, even recently a guest speaker, Dave Farris, a Diocesan President for the Children’s Society, have all shown that personal involvement can make all the difference and enable the congregation to better understand the charities we support and so hopefully be more generous.

Find out more

Charities supported by St James's 
St Luke's Hospital in Milo
Charities & links through the years 

Contact

Dennis Wilmot on 020 8977 9434

 

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Tools with a Mission

Supporting  different charities

Helping at the Upper Room