“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” 2 Corinthians 9:7
Outreach is about engaging people outside of our congregation to show them God’s love, giving them the opportunity, support and guidance to understand and share it. As a Parish we do this by giving up our time, both individually and collectively, and through our giving.
How much do we give?
10% of the money that is given to the Parish through Stewardship is set aside each year to support Outreach organisations.
How do we provide continual support?
As a parish we felt that it was important to ensure that our contribution is meaningful and can make a difference. We do this by offering a commitment to the organisations that we will continue to support them for between 3 to 5 years.
We also work to champion each of the organisations we support, this has included some articles within the Parish magazine (Pilgrim Post) so that we can share the work and progress more widely, please do take a look to see how the money can make a difference.
Who do we give to?
70% of our giving goes to organisations, predominantly Christian in ethos, which aims to reflect the diversity of both our Parish and society. We balance our giving between local, national and international organisations who undertake a wide range of outreach activities. The list of organisations currently supported is detailed below, you can find out more by following the links.
30% of our giving is retained to respond to emergencies and disaster appeals that arise mid-year and to support local mission activity. This will be reported in the Parish Annual Report. In 2015 it included a donation to support those who were left homeless as a result of the devastating fire that ripped through housing on the former tannery site in Canterbury.
Giving - Local
Canterbury Christian Schools Work Trust - A local organisation covering Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay and Faversham that supports children and young people in their personal and spiritual development. Their website can be found at ccswtinfo.wordpress.com.
KIDZ Club - an organisation with a site in Canterbury that supports children and opens them up to faith. Their website can be found at www.canterburykidzklub.org.uk.
Street Pastors (Canterbury) - Street pastors brings together a group of people from Churches across Canterbury who go out in Canterbury at night to support people who may be vulnerable or in need of some comfort. They provide practical support when it is most needed. Their website can be found at www.canterbury.streetpastors.org.uk.
Age UK (Canterbury) - Age UK Canterbury is the new name for Age Concern Canterbury. They support older people live a more independent life. Website: www.ageuk.org.uk/canterbury.
Catching Lives - A local organisation that provides support and shelter to those who are homeless in Canterbury. As a Parish aside from the financial support we also offer our Parish Centre as part of their winter night shelter, providing real, practical support to some of the most vulnerable in society. Website: www.catchinglives.org.
Kent Refugee Help - A small charity supporting immigration detainees held in Removal Centres and Prisons. They are a user-led organisation working with detainees to help them obtain their liberty. Website: www.kentrefugeehelp.org.uk.
Kent Refugee Action Network - An independent charity that provides help and support to asylum seekers and refugees, including minors who have arrived in the United Kingdom unaccompanied by an adult.
Giving - National
Church Army - a national evangelical missionary organisation which seeks to help people live life to the full and transform lives and communities with the Good News of the gospel. Website: www.churcharmy.org.uk
College of St Barnabas - an organisation that provides housing and support for retired clergy members www.st-barnabas.org.uk/
L’Arche - A faith based organisation that provides support to people with learning disabilities in our community. www.larche.org.uk/
Giving - International
A Rocha - is a Christian environmental and nature conservation movement. Their projects focus on science and research, practical conservation and environmental education. www.arocha.org
Barnabas Fund - The main ministry of the Fund is to send financial support to projects which help Christians who are suffering discrimination, oppression and persecution as a consequence of their faith. www.barnabasfund.org
CORD - Cord is an international organisation working to build lasting peace in partnership with people living and working in conflict, or post-conflict situations. www.cord.org.uk
Hope Romania - co-founded 1991 in Baia Mare, North Romania. The project comprises of a Christian Children's Home, Bread Queue for local poor, Farm for future employment, Apartments housing families in crisis, single mothers and children. Starting a Mother and Child Centre aiming at the prevention of abandonment through poverty.
USPG - Founded in 1701, Us are a church-based charity working in direct partnership with people and communities around the world. Their aim is to create dependency by providing support to develop local skills and empower change from within. www.weareus.org.uk
Christian Aid - an international development charity working with people of all faiths (and none) in around 50 countries to eradicate poverty. www.christianaid.org.uk
Pastos Verdes Ministry - Lisa came to share about their work in Mozambique in the Summer and many people gave support. You can find out more at pastosverdes.co.uk and you can read their latest newsletter here