... our work as a church with partners beyond the parish for mission, justice and peace.
Our church works with organisations beyond the parish for the wider mission of the Church and for medical, educational, justice and peace causes. We resource this engagement from the 'Parish Tithe' - the committed allocation of one tenth of the income we receive each year from the giving by individual members. Two-thirds of the allocation goes to organisations working overseas and one-third to organisations addressing national and local need.
Using the voluntary gift income received during 2011, we have given to the work of these organisations.
Merton Homeless Drop-in Centre
The Faith in Action Merton Homeless Drop-in Centre is an inter-faith project providing support and advice for local homeless people. The project works closely with the housing department, drug and probation services, health services and other agencies.
The centre is open on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the year. Housed in the Salvation Army Hall in Kingston Road, it’s run by a friendly and caring project management team with twenty volunteers from different faith groups. The drop-in offers a very warm welcome to about 60 vulnerable people each session. They can eat, shower, change their clothes, do their laundry, get sleeping bags, food parcels, do some emailing, engage in social activities and be seen by key agencies and be accompanied to appointments. In short, feel like human beings again.
See information about the drop-in centre in Kingston Road which Holy Trinity helps to fund.
Click on the YouTube link to see the video and hear our fundraising song (specially written by Linda Kirby): "Who’s gonna love you when you’re down and out". Merton Homeless on YouTube
Further donations urgently needed.
>>Download a Square Meal appeal leaflet
and a Square Meal appeal standing order form
Contact Person (via Contacts Page
): Ann Walker.
Also contact the project at: email@example.com See the Faith in action website
Fusion Youth Group
Fusion Youth Group
provides youth activities on High Path Estate, South Wimbledon.
Merton Street Pastors
Merton Street Pastors engage with young people who feel themselves to be excluded and marginalised wherever they are, in terms of their their perspective of life and where they hang out. See the Merton Street Pastors website
HIV/AIDS Education Project (South Africa)
Our contribution goes to helping to support the Tshwaranang Centre (HIV/AIDS Education Project) in the South African Anglican diocese of Grahamstown.
>> Download Reports from the Tshwaranang Centre: Jan-March 08
, April-June 08
, July-Sept 08
, October-December 2008
, January-March 2009
, April-June 2009
, July-Sept 2009
, October-December 2009
, January-March 2010
, July-Sept 2010
, Oct-Dec 2010
, Jan-March 2011
, April-June 2011
, July-September 2011
, October-December 2011
. and January-March 2012
, April-June 2012
. and Oct-Dec 2012.
We are also supporting the Tshwaranang Vegetable Garden
project. See photo of one of the gardens at a school in Ezibeleni township, taken by Sarah Codrington during the Holy Trinity trip in May 2008. (Note from Sarah: school enthusiasm makes this garden a real success and the children get fresh vegetables. The photo shows the head-teacher and a colleague in the garden. See also this photo of one of the staff-room windowsills - the staff are keen! December 2011: the Tshwaranang vegetable gardens are continuing, though there have been setbacks, as you can see in the downloadable reports above) More about our friends in the Eastern Cape
Contact Person (via Contacts Page): Sarah Codrington
USPG Anglicans in World Mission
The United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (new name: USPG Anglicans in World Mission) works with churches around the world, providing resources that local people need to enable them to grow spiritually, to thrive physically and to have a voice in an unjust world. They work in direct partnership with Anglican churches in over 50 countries. The many projects they support include: work towards peace and justice in Israel/Palestine, support for those living on the edge in the Philippines, healthcare for St James' hospital in Lesotho, and support for the church in Zimbabwe. In 2010 (from 2009 funds) we are particularly supporting the long-term work of USPG in Haiti. USPG also keeps a rapid response fund which helps provide emergency aid in response to natural disasters.
For more, see USPG website
and USPG weekly Prayer Diary
(via Contacts Page
We have also given from 2011 funds to the work of these projects:
Kingston & Wimbledon YMCA 'Open Room Project'
(Detached youth work in Wimbledon)
Prison Advice and Care Trust
which supports people affected by imprisonment, providing practical and emotional support for prisoners' children and families, and for prisoners themselves.- see PACT
- see Inclusive Church
for their work in Bulgaria, mainly for development work at Tvarditsa Social Home for men with learning and physical disabilities.
Hurcovo Psychiatric Hospital, Bulgaria
(we pay for them to have newspapers)