‘Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute.
Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.’ (Proverbs 31: 8–9)
Part of our mission as a church is to help support those who are marginalised or who live in poverty. We actively encourage volunteering and allocate funds to international, national and local charities. The congregation has chosen to focus on poverty and the environment as areas for special action. We hope you might feel inspired to get involved with these.
- opportunities for homelessness volunteering in Winchester, with Winchester Churches Nightshelter and the Trinity Centre
- fund-raising for refugees
- using the framework of the environmental charity A Rocha to get better at caring for God’s creation; this involves taking small, achievable steps towards becoming an eco church, and we are pleased to have earned the Bronze Award so far
Some of the main charities the parish currently gives to:
Through Church Mission Society we have been supporting a young family in southeast Asia, working alongside the local church, leading training and also teaching English to resource emerging leaders, but they are currently back in the UK exploring the possibility of going to a different country
Christian Aid works globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. It is part of a wider movement for social justice.
Winchester Churches Nightshelter (working name, The Winchester Beacon) provides high-quality accommodation and food, a safe and caring temporary home and specialist support to enable people to rebuild their lives and escape homelessness for good.
All charities aided in 2020
WaterHarvest helps vulnerable, remote communities in India catch and store rainwater, so they don’t have to drink dirty water; their work improves crop irrigation and promotes land regeneration in semi-arid areas.