Christian Aid

Annual Report (February 2020)

Christian Aid Week is 10-16 May 2020, and is the single biggest act of Christian witness in Britain and Ireland.

This year we are standing together with our sisters and brothers on the frontline of the climate crisis.  Through every prayer, gift and action, you can help create lasting change, before it is too late.

We are losing a lot of our collectors now for various reasons, so if your road is not covered and you wish to donate, there will be envelopes available in the porch and they can be returned with the offertory or left in the Church Office or contact Judy or Cecily.

We participated once again in the House to House collection for Christian Aid in 2019, although with very limited collectors, but we also continued handing out Christian Aid envelopes on both Sundays of Christian Aid week to our own congregation.  The result of this new approach was that we raised a splendid £1,025 from our congregation, as well as £568 via our House to House collectors.  This was added to the other fund raising efforts by other churches and resulted in Wokingham raising just over £9,000.

Thanks to you, Christian Aid has been there for people like Faith.  Faith’s fields used to be dirt and dust. Ongoing drought in Kenya meant nothing grew.  However Faith now grows crops thanks to a nearby dam built with the help of Christian Aid.  Drought pushed Faith to the brink, but with your support she brought her fields back to life.

Christian Aid Week unites thousands of people like you to step out in mission.  Together we are bringing God’s Kingdom closer, and together we are stronger than the storms.  Speak to Judy Jones or Cecily Amos if you can join us with the annual House to House collection.

Judy Jones

 

Retirement Home Services

Annual Report (February 2020)

At Suffolk Lodge, we visit on the first Sunday in the month, bringing, in a short service, a Bible message, some singing and prayer, and spending some time chatting to the residents too.

Similarly, the following week and on Thursday mornings monthly, we are at Alexandra Grange.

Both of these Homes give us a warm welcome and the residents seem pleased to see us.

Rosi & Lesley are at the WADE Day Centre on the first Monday of the month to read a Bible Story to those in the lounge.  Anyone who would like to help with these visits would be welcome.

We are thankful for the musical help with the singing from Leslie, Kim & Rosi.

Angela Burrell

 

mha logoMethodist Homes

Annual Report (February 2020)

MHA Boxes and Donations over the year to August 2019 amounted to £244.  I would like to thank to those who continue to give generously to this worthwhile charity.

Gillian Wells

MHA website 

 

JMA

Annual Report (Year ended August 2019)

JMA continues to be an important way for our children and young people to help the outreach work of the Church.  The money they collect supports many projects around the UK and the World, from a story telling garden in Birmingham, a Youth Worker in Doncaster, to providing wandering teachers in South Africa, supporting medical and feeding programmes for malnourished children in Venezuela and emergency relief to Sierra Leone.  All these projects spread the word of God and show his love to people in all parts of the world, this is why it is so important as a church that we continue to support JMA.

This year we had 2 book collectors which helped increase the amount raised considerably from the previous year.  We raised £1115 (£797 prior year), a total to be very proud of.  A big thank you to them both and also to the congregation for the many donations received through the year boosting the total.

We now have 3 book collectors for 2020.  I would still really welcome any new book collectors.  We have a very generous congregation who are always willing to become subscribers and so this is not a difficult task.  Collecting once per month works well so you do not have to be there every week.

Another way to collect for JMA is by taking a box and filling it with your spare change.  Every one really helps our total and the great work the Mission fund does.  If you do not have a box and would like one, just ask me – I carry a supply with me each Sunday.

As always, any general donations the congregation would like to make would be gratefully received.

Thanks again for your continued support in helping our Church achieve its vision.

Gill Manning

 

Wokingham Night Shelter

We are one of seven Wokingham churches hosting the Night Shelter for one night each week during January and February 2020.  The guests will only come on referral from the council or Salvation Army and are served a cooked evening meal and breakfast.  The shelter is run by a paid manager and church volunteers.

More information is available via the Pilgrim Hearts website where you can volunteer, donate and learn more.  Thank you for your continued prayer and support.

Annual Report (February 2020)

The night shelter has run from 1st January until 29th February.  Churches involved were Kings, Corpus Christi, Salvation Army, All Saints, Norreys, Wokingham Baptist Church and of course ourselves.  The shelter has not been without its challenges, but all of the guests (between 2 and 8) we have welcomed have benefitted from warmth, shelter and hot meals.  I am so blessed to have had so much support in resourcing the shelter in terms of equipment, clothes and food and also time given to man it.  I am especially grateful to Christ Church for all of their support and time.  They have been amazing and we have benefitted from spending time with them and sharing the experience with them.  A review meeting is due in the next few weeks to feedback and discern whether we continue the shelter next winter.  I have enjoyed the relationships I have formed with people from other churches in the town in undertaking this valuable work. 

Claire Knight

 

Home Mission

(Mission & Ministry in Britain)

What is it?

Home Mission supports a variety of important work in communities throughout the UK.  Every donation given, no matter how large or small, goes to help support those various projects.

What does it support?

Giving to Mission and Ministry in Britain empowers people to use their talents to do God's work throughout the UK through the following:

  • Evangelism, training and resources, nourishing new congregations, mission in rural areas and grants to local churches and circuits;
  • Support for children's work and engaging with young people;
  • In prisons and industry;
  • Interfaith, ethnic and community initiatives;
  • Supporting our heritage;
  • Making the best use of our assets to serve our communities.

Will my donation make a difference?

In 2019 a total of approximately £230 was received from collection boxes and other donations.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who gave so generously!

Margaret Norton

 

AFCLogoAction for Children

Annual Report (March 2020)

In July 2019 150 years of Action for Children was celebrated with a special service led by Christine Morgan.  In December £790 was raised from the Christmas card post box, Christingle service and the Christmas morning service.  The Home Collecting Boxes achieved a record sum of £488.  Some collectors have moved away and if anyone would like to have a box to collect for Action for Children please speak to Malcolm Souter.

Thank you everyone for your support.

Barbara Knee and Maureen Lewin

 

Fund for World Mission

Annual Report (February 2019)

Collectors and donors have very generously contributed £2035 to this worthwhile cause last year.  Anyone wishing to collect should please contact me through the church.  Thank you.

Maggie Shepherd