PCC have voted on what charities to support in 2024. Each charity has a sponsor who will endeavour to keep the congregation informed of any news throughout the year.
International - Medical Aid for Palestinians - Carolyn Jay
National - CMS for the work of Chris and Anna Hembury - Dorrie Bilson
Local - Whitchurch Welfare Trust - Sue Bailey
Parishioners continue to support the Mityana project which is close to our hearts
Also, donations of non-perishable goods left in the porch at 11 Lapwing Rise will be taken to Andover Food Bank every week.
The Andover foodbank thanks everyone who has donated to us in the recent weeks. Demand is still incredibly high, and we are therefore most grateful for your generosity.
Medical Aid for Palestinians
Carolyn Jay – proposer and Sponsor
Carolyn says, "I've known MAP for a long time - I worked with MAP nurses
when I worked in the Gaza Strip 30 years ago. They are well embedded with
communities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and providing critical services -
for many years to come, I should think, given the current destruction of
medical infrastructure in the Strip."
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.
Anna and Chris said:
Thank you so much for choosing to support our work here in Hull. It is sometimes difficult for folk to appreciate the particular needs and gifts in deprived neighbourhoods such as ours, and much of our mission work and context is pretty unglamorous! Most people here experience multiple disadvantages and are hard-pressed on every side. But we are in the business of treasure-hunting and story-changing, and your support enables us to find and celebrate and grow the transformative kingdom of God here.
We plan to visit All Hallows in person again sometime this year, and will send out a link letter about three times a year, which we hope will serve to give you a sense of what you are partnering with in mission. Our next link letter should reach you sometime next month (all our previous link letters can be accessed on our page on the CMS website too, should anyone want to get more of a feel for what we’ve been hearing / doing / reflecting).
With love and gratitude,
Anna & Chris Hembury
Whitchurch Welfare Trust
We are a voluntary organisation, setup to help with the welfare of people in Whitchurch. We give grants to people or organisations in need. Anyone who lives in the Whitchurch area could be eligible for help. They can be contacted by email: contact@whitchurch welfaretrust.org.uk or a letter to the Whitchurch Welfare Trust c/o the Town Hall.
There is more information on Whitchurch Welfare Trust (thewhitchurchweb.org)
February 2023 update
Here are some photos of the just completed classrooms at Makonzi.
October 2022 Update
Dodie has been looking forward very much to returning to Uganda this month but, unfortunately, her visit has had to be postponed due to a heightened risk of Ebola infection. As of a few days ago there was one case in the Mityana District but it is high risk according to the World Health Organisation. It is hoped that the postponement will not be long but in the meantime our prayers are with all the people living and worshipping in Mityana and with the medical professionals as they work to contain any spread of the virus.
Who we are
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
How we choose
The PCC agreed the following proposal on 21 st September 2021 as a way to choose which charities to support.
As a PCC, we commit to supporting three charities each year,
one working locally,
one working elsewhere in the UK (national) and
one working elsewhere in the world (international).
To be considered for support, the charity would need to be nominated by at least 2 members of the congregation, at least one of whom would agree to be the ‘sponsor’ for the charity and would be responsible for communicating their work to the congregation.
To be considered for support, the work of the charity would also need to contribute to one or more of the Five Marks of Mission, as agreed by the Anglican Communion:
The mission of the Church is the mission of Christ
1. To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
2. To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
3. To respond to human need by loving service
4. To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation
5. To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
We commit to supporting each charity for a period of three years, and (unless in exceptional circumstances) will not ‘roll over’ a charity after the three years are up.
Each year PCC will invite nominations for one new charity to fill a slot in one of the categories (local, national, international).