Christian Aid

Annual Report (March 2022)

Christian Aid Week, 15-21 May 2022, is the single biggest act of Christian witness in Britain and Ireland.  For thousands of people throughout the country, it's a way of answering Jesus’s call to help people in need and showing the community just how much good the church is doing in the world.

The theme this year will focus on the plight of drought which numerous countries around the world face.

Life changing envelopes - Due to the COVID situation our fundraising in 2021 consisted of “collectors”/volunteers joining together and delivering specially designed “delivery-only” envelopes as a group.  This was very successful, with groups of between 10 and 20 people each evening, which meant that we covered 6 large areas over 4 nights, in a very short time (45 minutes to 1-hour max per night).  It was very enjoyable to meet people from other churches and to do this together.  Of course, we do not know the total that was raised in our own area, because most giving was done on-line.

This year we will continue with this group house-to-house delivery format, although those who wish to deliver in their own road are very welcome to do so.  We are also setting up a JustGiving page for Wokingham Christian Aid which will have the added benefit that we will be able to tell you how much we raise in the area.  Envelopes will also be provided in each church and these can be left at Wokingham Methodist Church Office.

CA Walk at Bix - We are organising this for ourselves this year.  There is an option to walk 5 or 10 miles and to get sponsorship if you can and we encourage you to join us.  Date and time to be confirmed.

Coffee morning - Woosehill are organising a coffee morning at the St Paul’s Parish rooms on Saturday 21st May.  More details to follow in the notices.

We encourage you to take part in whatever way you can and if you can spare up to an hour on any night during Christian Aid week we would love for you to join us and help deliver envelopes as a group.

Judy Jones

 

Retirement Home Services

Annual Report (March 2022)

Sadly, due to the Covid pandemic and the need for safety measures to be taken, we have not been able to visit any of the residential homes to take services there.

We will need to discuss the future of these endeavours to decide how and when we proceed again.

Angela Burrell

[Previously we visited Suffolk Lodge, Alexandra Grange and the WADE Day Centre.]

 

mha logoMethodist Homes

Annual Report (March 2022)

MHA Boxes and Donations for the year ending August 2021 totalled £157.56.  I would like to thank all those who gave to MHA, including on line donations during lockdown.

On 11th July 2021 David Morgan conducted an excellent MHA service, the theme of his message being ‘Isolation and loneliness’.

Gillian Wells

MHA website 

 

JMA

Annual Report (Year ended August 2021)

The JMA promise is to: Learn, pray and serve with the worldwide Church of Jesus Christ.

JMA is part of the Methodist Church’s mission programme.  Children and young people raise funds for JMA to support the Methodist Church’s World Mission Fund and Mission in Britain Fund.

During the 20/21 Methodist year we did not have any children collecting for JMA and we raised just £118 in donations.  Looking forward, as we do not seem to have any children attending regularly it is unlikely we will have any book collectors in the current year either but it is good to keep alive the Church’s tradition of collecting so we can encourage any new children to join in.

As always, any general donations the congregation would like to make would be gratefully received.  If you would like to make a donation then please pay into the Church bank account with the description JMA so it can be identified or give to myself or a steward.  I also have a lot of collecting boxes so if anyone would like one then please let me know.  Thank you to my loyal donators and box collectors who contributed last year and continue to do so.  It is more important than ever that we continue raising money for mission and outreach.

Gill Manning

 

AFCLogoAction for Children

Annual Report (March 2022)

Like many other organisations, we weren’t able to do much fundraising in 2021.  Our main fundraising was the Christmas Post Box which was very well supported and we thank you for that.  We also continue to have the home collection boxes available.  We are hoping that 2022 will enable us to promote Action for Children activities once again.

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