Church Giving

This section describes St Luke’s congregation’s charitable giving locally, nationally and internationally.

In 2016 St Luke’s made the following donations:

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Reports on Charities which St Luke’s supports

Periodically we are sent newsletters and reports about the work the charities are doing and the current information is listed below – click on the Charity’s name to read their latest news and, once you have finished reading, click on your browser’s back arrow to return to the website:

John Mills is St Luke’s CMS Champion. He receives regular letters from the Cloustons and visited them in their home during their last stay in the UK. In addition, information packs are sent to St. Luke’s Church and are displayed in the Publications section at the back of the church. Click on the Church Links menu tab for more information.

Is a local Christian-based charity that offers our young people an ear to listen to their worries and concerns about growing up in our and their turbulent worlds. Click on the appropriate link to see the SAYT Website (where their is a brilliant video describing their work) or to read their recent Newsletter.

Stephen Scott, a founding Trustee of SAYT, is cycling in Africa in support of SAYT and SKET (below) and some other charities supporting Education in East Africa. Click here for details of a fund raising Quiz and the opportunity to make a donation to Stephen’s Virgin Money Giving account.

The Secretary and Founder of SKET, David Debenham, reports that St Luke’s has supported this charity for some years with  a donation of £1,000 per annum to fund its work. If the congregation asks, “How is this money spent in Kenya?” Well, it is wholly spent on enabling and supporting 3 or 4 selected students whose family (if any) are too poor to find the school fees. Living in distant parts of the countryside, boarding school is the norm. This also ensures the students have an adequate diet. Ultimately it enables these few youngsters a chance to begin their education (generally up to GCSE level) and so make something of their lives. The students keep in touch with St Luke’s throughout the time they are helped.

This is a leading international charity working in over 45 countries. It supports the poorest women and children in the world, changing their lives for good. St Luke’s has been involved in supporting this work for many years. Our support gives a child enough to eat, a safe place to live and education, which means a brighter future for them and their community.

St Luke’s has been supporting this Christian charity for many years. Our first association was via Tom Hewitt who visited St Luke’s over 15 years ago to tell us about his work with Street Children in Durban, South Africa. From those small origins, Amos Street Child – now reaches out to children across South Africa, Burundi, India and Tanzania who are forced to exist on city streets. In recent years Garth Hewitt, Tom’s dad, has spoken and sung at St Luke’s about injustice and Amos’efforts to transform unjust structures.  In particular he has spoken about Amos Palestine – Working in the West Bank and Gaza with local and international peace activists, and partnering with grass-roots projects, to call for a just peace, reconciliation and full equal rights for all Palestinians and Israelis.  In addition we have learned about Amos Communities – Working through partners in Nicaragua and India to address the impact of climate change and build sustainable rural communities by equipping them with the skills, knowledge and resources they need to identify their own problems, break the cycle of poverty, claim their rights and become empowered agents of change.

The Fund is a charity, founded in 1993 and based in England. It acts globally as an inter-denominational Christian aid agency channelling money from Christians to Christians through locally established Christian churches and organisations in 50 countries. The majority of aid is for Christians in Muslim countries who face discrimination and persecution because of their faith. However, the Fund supports projects developed by local communities so the benefits are not exclusively for Christians. The Fund is the voice of the persecuted – making their needs known to Christians around the world and the injustice of their persecution known to governments and international bodies.

28 million girls in sub-Saharan Africa are out of school. Poverty is their greatest barrier to accessing an education. To start redressing that situation, since its foundation in 1993 by a wonderful Welshwoman called Ann Cotton, Camfed has raised money for the education of more than 1.4 million girls in five sub-Saharan African countries (Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania and Malawi). By working with schools in those countries it has also improved the educational outcomes of a further 3.5 million children, vulnerable boys as well as girls.

Now Camfed aims not only to raise money to educate another million girls but also to help the girls it has already supported through school to reach their full potential by securing livelihoods and becoming leaders of change in their communities and countries. These girls are able to support each other and to mentor younger girls by joining an international alumni network called CAMA, which currently has 100,000 members and will rise to over 140,000 members by 2019.

For more about Camfed see the video below:

Camfed Annual Review 2016 – the highlights from Camfed on Vimeo.

This charity aims to offer relief to the sick elderly and support for the development and education of children under statutory school age whose parents must work, in a particular region of Romania..  It has nearly completed the building of a multi-functional centre.

The Church Army is a mission focussed community of people who are transforming lives and communities through the work of evangelists, staff and supporters.  It is committed to sharing the Christian faith through words and actions in a variety of contexts throughout the British Isles.

St Luke’s has supported this charity , which was established by the Church of England  over 30 years ago, for a number of years. The vision of Church Urban Fund (CUF)  is to see people and communities all over England flourish and enjoy life in all its fullness.

CUF brings about change in three ways through the TOGETHER NETWORK, a group of partnerships between CUF and local dioceses across England. This is the way CUF works on the ground in local communities. It supports church led social action by helping to raise funds for local projects, building local partnerships and facilitating skills development through training and events all across the country.  CUF also runs themed National Programmes to support local communities in bringing the change they want to see:

  • NEAR NEIGHBOURS works to create integration and social cohesion by addressing hate and prejudice in local communities and by encouraging different communities to work together to address urgent need in their community.
  • PLACES OF WELCOME works with local community groups to make sure that everyone in their area has a safe place to go for a friendly face, a cup of tea and a conversation.
  • JUST FINANCE NETWORK addresses issues of financial exclusion and the distress caused by unmanageable personal debt, by developing community-based responses and financial services.

CUF also uses the practical knowledge gained at a local level to influence policy and better inform decisions made in government and more widely.

The Kenward Trust supports those who are looking to recover from drugs and/or alcohol abuse, as well as supporting their families. The residential centre is at Kenward House in Yalding where there is a personalised 3 to 6 month recovery programme for each resident.  There is also a programme for young women who have addiction problems, based at Hawkhurst and a new project working with service veterans.  There are also houses to help addicts to reintegrate and resettle in society, based in Kent and Sussex. Kenward is involved  in the community with education projects helping individuals and families to understand and hopefully avoid addiction. Kenward works closely with the churches where it is based and especially in Yalding and now has a chaplain supporting its work.

Mission Aviation Fellowship enables thousands of aid, relief and mission projects to take place in really remote places.  Flying onto desert and jungle air strips, lakes and rivers, MAF light aircraft and their mission pilots provide a lifeline.  Working in partnership with other charities and relief organisations MAF enables practical help, physical healing and spiritual hope to be delivered to many of the most remote and inaccessible communities

This charity is a missionary arm of the Anglican Church, founded over 160 years ago and now with a presence in over 200 ports throughout the world.  Its outreach to those at sea is as important today as ever, providing spiritual and physical wellbeing for seafarers, to whom we are indebted for carrying 90% of our trade.  Loneliness, poor conditions, hospitalisation, delays to salaries, abandonment and the trauma of piracy are some of the factors the Mission deals with year in and year out.

Porchlight helps people who have nowhere to go and no one to turn to: some people are homeless, others are struggling to cope with the pressures in their lives and need support to keep on track.  The charity works across Kent helping vulnerable and isolated people get support with their mental health, housing, education and employment.  They provide young people and adults with advice, guidance and skills to live independently in the future and play an active role in the community.

Established 50 years ago to help people across the world work their own way out of poverty, support is given through simple, innovative technology which communities can maintain themselves.

This independent charity, founded in 1981, supports refugees and asylum seekers to resettle and build new lives in the UK. Past work has included reception of refugees from Vietnam, Bosnia and Kosovo. Each year the charity provides practical support and advice to over 10,000 vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers.  It currently runs the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Scheme in some areas of the UK.

This charity continues the work of a number of charities established over the past 350 years.  It offers help to sustain Anglican clergy, their families, ordinands, missionaries and related servants of the Church when facing financial, medical, emergency and other difficulties, and stress.  It awards several thousand grants annually, the total of £2.5 million last year demonstrating its value to the clergy community and its need for general support.

The Bridge Trust has been supporting single homeless people in West Kent since 1991. It has helped over 6,000 homeless people with advice, accommodation and support and has housed over 700 people in that time.

The mission of this charity is to show Christ’s love to prisoners by coming alongside them and supporting them.  The Fellowship seeks through prayer and practical care to help, support and develop a Christian ministry to prisoners and their families and does this through a network of more than 2,000 skilled professionals across England and Wales.

St Luke’s has generously supported TSR for years since it is a very worthwhile charity that works with local people in developing countries to relieve poverty by providing vocational skills and business training, as well as providing actual tools, so that people can get earn a livelihood through establishing their own business. There are hundreds of volunteers in TSR groups all over the country, collecting and refurbishing tools, and raising money and publicising the charity’s great work. Its a very practical charity that literally gives people the tools to make a better life, and helps them build their self esteem.  Below are some of the tools which have been refurbished and are now in use: