For many years it has been the practice of the PCC to put into action the principle of tithing our anticipated income by giving 10% of it to other charities. The following 3 charities received some money in December 2020 and attached are the links to the thank you letters we have received from them.
Our link is with Mityana Projects Trust which is based within our Deanery. All our primary schools are linked with schools in Uganda, and over 50 people from our villages and communities in the Deanery have visited Mityana.
Their Mission Statement and visits reflect:
involvement in educational projects in rural primary schools
investing in small income generating projects.
supporting vocation centres
offering support to the Mityana diocese
Andover Food Bank
The Andover foodbank was started in March 2006 to provide emergency food boxes to people in crisis in and around Andover. They operate from a warehouse and office in Alexandra Road. They employ two part time managers and have more than 60 volunteers.
They are a community based project using resources within the local community to support those in need. In addition to the distribution of food and other items they offer support to help people address the underlying issues behind their crisis.
Church Mission Society (CMS)
Our gift goes towards the work of Chris and Anna Hembury who live in an area of Hull where people are known for their no-nonsense attitude and honest vulnerability, an area suffering from high unemployment, child poverty, addiction, mental and physical health problems, prostitution and increasing racial tension. People feel a crippling lack of self-worth. But it’s an area full of buried treasure, untapped potential and dormant creativity.
They support a group who are living in a CMS house for mission and serving their local community. They help look after a community garden and a sort of drop in/sofa-church in their neighbourhood. They help run Orts, a sewing collective where women from all walks of life can support each other, learn and create together. They work alongside the Hull Youth for Christ (YFC) team, supporting children, young people and families.
We also make one-off donations throughout the year from special services. Because we have not been able to have these services in 2020 we made a donation to the Children's Society from our Living Nativity (see it here).
We plan to discuss the giving for the next 3 years in May or June. This is likely to continue with Mityana because of the longstanding links and visits. We will be exploring the possibility of an ongoing link with the Hembury's and hope to invite them to join a PCC meeting for a 10 minute chat via zoom in the early summer.