Outward Giving

"Freely you have received; freely give."

Matthew 10 v 8

Living generously and giving to those in need is an essential part of the Christian life, we have recieved so much from God that we can have no response than to give of our time, talents and money.  As a Church we have various charities and missionaries we support.  The Missions Links Forum provides a link between the Parish and the various missions and other charities which are supported directly by St Nicolas Church.  A percentage of our regular income is allocated to Outward Giving and we give further sums which are raised by collections, coffee mornings and the proceeds of special events. Among charities we support are:

Adventure Plus

The Bible Society works to make the Bible available, relevant and credible in widely differing cultures. Scriptures are translated and distributed in 2,261 languages. Scripture cassettes "Faith comes by hearing" allow fresh encounters with the Bible. Testimonies and dramatised Scriptures can be heard on some radios and in Asia a CD ROM has been produced in eleven indigenous languages. Films on the life of Jesus have been produced and are available in many countries including Britain, which is now considered as needing missionary help by the Bible Society. For further information visit www.biblesociety.org.uk.

The Bible Society

The Bible Society works to make the Bible available, relevant and credible in widely differing cultures. Scriptures are translated and distributed in 2,261 languages. Scripture cassettes "Faith comes by hearing" allow fresh encounters with the Bible. Testimonies and dramatised Scriptures can be heard on some radios and in Asia a CD ROM has been produced in eleven indigenous languages. Films on the life of Jesus have been produced and are available in many countries including Britain, which is now considered as needing missionary help by the Bible Society. For further information visit www.biblesociety.org.uk.

CAP

The Church of England's own society for the care of children. We support this Society by our giving and through home box collections. Specific care programmes for children are:

  • To help and lobby on behalf of the 100,000 children who run away from home each year;

  • Some 51,000 children in Britain are estimated to be looking after a sick or disabled relative. The Society is working to raise awareness of the needs of young helpers;

  • The Society provides advocacy services for children in residential and foster care;

  • The Society runs a "Faltering Growth" programme working with families to make sure that children under eight are given the best possible start in the critical years. Work also continues to promote the development of disadvantaged pre-school children;

  • Britain locks up more children than almost any other country in Europe yet far from deterring crime, prison brutalises and corrupts young people; four out of five re-offend. This year The Children's Society has been instrumental in contributing to child protection procedures being implemented in prisons;

  • The Society continues to campaign for inclusive education by working to prevent children being excluded from school.

For further information visit www.childrenssociety.org.uk/.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide

 

 

Cord's vision is a world where peace is fully realised, to be an effective partner for peace in Africa and Asia by working in societies affected by violent conflict and poverty and to develop the capacity of partners to build sustainable peace.

 

CORD works in conflict and post-conflict societies with people of all faiths and none to enable them to address and overcome the root causes of conflict.

They do this by helping communities to work together so that:

  • women and men have a better chance to earn a living

  • governments understand their people’s needs better

  • families can invest in their future and send children to school

  • Over almost 50 years, Cord and our partners have empowered people and their governments to work together to heal past wounds and promote present well-being.

For further information visit www.cord.org.uk

Hugh & Debbie Skeil with The Church Mission Society (CMS)

Although this mission is over 200 years old, it has moved from being a pioneering group spreading the gospel to sending professional people to work with churches throughout the world.  We currently support Hugh and Debbie Skeil who are working at the Christian Medical College (CMC) in Vellore,

South India.

 Debbie is a doctor whose work includes time in the Rehab Institute.  This involves seeing people with brain injuries and children with cerebral palsy, helping with teaching sessions & helping to develop services for those who cannot speak.  She has also helped develop a specialist children's unit.

An accountant by profession, Hugh is the manager of the Development Office. This aims to raise charitable funds for the hospital, and involves a lot of 'friend-raising' developing links and partnerships with individuals and organisations in India and abroad. They raise funds to enable the hospital to treat marginalised patients, give scholarships to students and to develop the infrastructure (equipment and buildings).CMC receives a large number of visitors and Hugh is often involved arranging tours and looking after delegations from other universities and organisations. Hugh also teaches management and finance for staff and students (both internal and visiting).  Outside his official work, he helps smaller hospitals - giving advice and hands-on help - and is  member of the Vellore Rotary Club.

For further information about the work of CMS visit www.cms-uk.org/

Christian Aid
LeatherHEAD START

Formerly Leatherhead Night Hostel now LeatherHEAD START.  The night hostel in Leatherhead was set up by the churches in the district, with the co-operation of MVDC, to provide an open access hostel for homeless people requiring short term accommodation in the area. They can accommodate eight men and four women, with no stay normally exceeding two weeks. During their stay the wardens will provide counseling and practical assistance to enable the visitors to take advantage of facilities which those of us with permanent homes take for granted. They house people with a wide range of problems and cover a broad age band. Drunkenness is not tolerated.

In addition to the regular annual giving we usually donate to the hostel most of the non-perishable groceries given at Harvest Festival and help to provide for their Christmas meal.  

More information at http://leatherheadstart.org/

We work with many other local churches (Bookham Baptist Church, St Lawrence, St Nicolas and Eastwick Road Church) top help raise money for Christian Aid Week in May.  This is done by a house to house collection & an annual sale to supplement this collection. For further information visit www.christian-aid.org.uk/

We don't just give money directly to charities, as a Church we aim to buy products which are not produced in exploitative ways.  The Gospel influences every inch of our lives, not just our financial giving.  We are a Fairtrade Church, sell TraidCraft products and encourage our children to give as well.

TraidCraft work to tackle poverty through trade.  Their vision is a world where all trade is just and there is no more poverty.  They work for this by helping people to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to set up businesses which can support them.  All the projects supported have both social and business aims which seek to benefit whole communities and not just individuals.  TraidCraft also campaign against unfair trade in the UK and lobby both policy makers  for changes in law and businesses to pay fair prices (which means wages which their producers can actually live on.)

World Vision

World Vision is the world’s largest international children’s charity, working to bring real hope to millions of children in the world’s hardest places. And they do it all as a sign of God’s unconditional love.

Poverty, conflict and disaster leave millions of children living in fear. Fear of hunger and disease. Fear of violence, conflict and exploitation. Fear that robs them of a childhood.Our local staff work in thousands of communities across the world to free children from fear. They live and work alongside them, their families and communities to help change the world they live in for good.Our worldwide presence means we're quick to respond to emergencies like conflict and natural disasters. We also use our influence and global reach to ensure that children are represented at every level of decision-making.

At St Nicolas we support world vision through Child sponsorship, with our sponsorship coming from donations made at TotsAlive! and in Sunday Children's groups.  The little girl we sponsor is called Toma Rani Bormon (pictured)

More information at http://www.worldvision.org.uk/

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