St. Mary's has a strategy of donating a proportion of the total amount available (10% of the church’s direct income - the church‘s tithe) to charities/projects on a five year commitment basis as well as annual one off grants.
The Giving Committee continues to keep to the present format of supporting three charities, one international, one national and one local. It was felt that a charity which could spend money on “glamorous” and bulky advertising was probably less in need of our donations than one which used more low key advertising.
Accordingly a donation was given to each of three charities; Open Doors, Emmaus and Bexley Snap.
Information about theses charities can be found opposite.
A sum was left for “emergency” donations and half of this was sent to Crisis at Christmas, to help homeless single people in London by providing food, shelter , health care and counselling for their problems.
The other half was sent to “Nepal Charity Missions” which helps small churches in Nepal and “to provide the unconditional care for the people, those who are living with fear, no hope and no aim of living without knowing Jesus Christ.”
In addition to the donations decided upon by the Committee the church gives money by way of special collections.
If you have any questions about the giving or suggestions for funding, please e-mail our Giving Committee.
Open Doors is active in over 50 countries, supplying Bibles, leadership training, Scripture-based literacy programmes and support for Christians suffering for their faith.
More details at www.opendoorsuk.org
Emmaus works to help homeless people throughout Britain.
Emmaus Communities offer homeless people a home, work and the chance to rebuild their lives in a supportive environment. There are currently 24 Communities around the UK and several more in development. New research by Just Economics forecasts that each year Emmaus Communities generate £11 for every £1 invested
More details at www.emmaus.org.uk
SNAP stands for Special Needs and Parents. SNAP is a parent-led support agency for families of disabled children and young people in Bexley, and provides a wide range of services to both children and their parents and carers.
More details at www.bexleysnap.ismysite.co.uk