Church Giving

This section describes St Luke’s PCC’s and the congregation’s charitable giving at Home and Overseas.

Information on Charities which St Luke’s supported in 2018

In 2018, a five year cycle of support totaling £8,500 per year for the charities listed directly below, came to an end. A new set of charities was approved by the PCC for support, starting in 2019.

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St Luke’s direct relationship with All Saints Church in Liverpool came to its conclusion in 2018, with the last of five £1,000 donations to assist defray costs of administration, with the church in a vibrant position.

John Mills is St Luke’s CMS Champion who receives regular letters from our Mission Partners.

Is a Scottish-based charity that provides one square meal a day for children at school. It now feeds over 1.4 million children a day – mainly but not exclusively in Africa. Mary’s Meals is now a Charity of the Month.

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.

Is a local charity that offers professional support to people needing to talk through personal problems. Mary Wright is a practicing Trustee and St Luke’s champion for this charity.

St Luke’s support was spent on enabling and supporting 3 students to attend boarding school and thereby attain an education (generally up to GCSE level) and so make something of their lives. SKET is now a Charity of the Month.

This local charity explains to people with financial problems how to go about getting back on an even keel.

The PCC also subvents £1,300 to the MOG Committee for ad hoc donations. In 2018, MOG supported:  

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

MAF enables thousands of aid, relief and mission projects (of various charities) to take place in really remote places.

Their is a vibrant Phab Club in Sevenoaks which inspires and supports children, young people and adults who may be disabled to make more of life together so that they enjoy the same activities and challenges as, and alongside, those without a disability.

  • Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees (SWR)

This local organisation has been created by a core-group of professional people living in Sevenoaks with the purpose of housing and supporting Syrian Refugee families under the government schemes.  Ask Peter Ashwell (01732 461087), St Luke’s SWR champion, for more information.

In addition to the PCC’s  committed giving scheme and via the MOG Committee, St Luke’s congregation donates to a different charity for each month, and for special events (such as Lent Boxes or Christian Aid Week) and directly. In 2018, the following charities – delivering aid Overseas – were supported in one of the ways described above:  

This charity promotes the relief and rehabilitation of physically, mentally or multi-handicapped children and young persons in Palestine by providing medical aid, physical and mental rehabilitation programmes,  education and other services for the needs of disabled children and their families, including the manufacture of aids and equipment.

This is a leading international charity working in over 45 countries supporting the poorest women and children in the world and changing their lives for good.

This international charity works to give justice and hope to people who feel they are forgotten. Such as Street Children ; those in Palestine and Gaza; and Communities in Nicaragua and India.

This charity, founded in 1993 and based in England acts as an inter-denominational Christian aid agency chanelling money from Christians to Christians (which will benefit all faiths) through locally established Christian churches and organisations in 50 countries. Barnabas Fund is part of St Luke’s committed giving programme for 2019 to 2023.

This charity has enabled over 1.4 million girls to be educated in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania and Malawi. It also helps girls to reach their full potential by securing livelihoods and becoming leaders of change in their communities and countries. Camfed is part of St Luke’s committed giving programme for 2019 to 2023.

This UK charity provides help and support to those in need across the world. St Luke’s participates in the annual Christian Aid Week each May.

The IGA is the charity for people with glaucoma. It provides information, literature, advice and fund essential research to prevent the loss of sight.

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, it provides spiritual and physical well being for seafarers.

This is a small local charity that collects clothing and delivers them to refugees in Europe, Jordan and Uganda.

This independent charity, founded in 1981, supports refugees and asylum seekers to resettle and build new lives in the UK.

This charity works to improve the lives of disadvantaged children in Sri Lanka. Its focus is on the family and by working with families and the communities in which they live, it aims to build a sustainable and brighter future for the children.

This charity, supported by the major water companies in UK, has changed millions of lives, working in 28 countries to provide clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. Its work is supported by offices in the UK, US, Australia, Sweden, Canada, Japan and India.

In 2018, the following charities – delivering aid at Home in the UK – were supported in one of the ways described above:  

This national charity helps children who have difficulty with speech which includes the ability to: Listen to the differences between sounds; articulate sounds that make up language; combine these sounds to make words; speak with appropriate rhythm and intonation (rise and fall of the voice); and speak without too many hesitations.

Is a mission-focussed charity that is 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.

The CUF’s vision is to see people all over England flourish and enjoy life in all its fullness by encouraging small locally-based projects. Also it runs themed National Programmes.

This local charity is dedicated to preserving Kent’s churches and helping maintain them in good condition. St Luke’s participates in the annual Ride and Stride fund raising event.

This local charity provides care completely free of charge to patients with a terminal illness, their families and carers in our area.

This involves a range of new projects that aim to help vulnerable people and carers obtain greater independence and well being. The projects deliver a dual service for carers and vulnerable adults in local towns.

  • Kent Air Ambulance

This charity provides an emergency medical services through a helicopter covering the county of Kent and since June 2007, across Surrey and Sussex – requiring an additional helicopter. The service now operates as the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.

This local charity believes that anyone who has a sight impairment should be able to live a fulfilled, healthy and safe life, exercise self-determination and make informed choices, and achieve their own personal goals. It works people of any age and any stage of the sight loss in local towns.

This local charity supports those who are looking to recover from drugs and/or alcohol abuse, as well as supporting their families. There are houses to help addicts to reintegrate and resettle in society.

This local charity helps people who have nowhere to go and no one to turn to by signposting support for their mental health, housing, education and employment.

The mission of this charity is to show Christ’s love to prisoners by coming alongside them and supporting them.  It provides Christian ministry  through a network of 2,000 skilled professionals across the country.

The Bridge Trust has been supporting single homeless people in West Kent since 1991. It helps people with advice, accommodation and support and provides housing to the homeless.

This is a national charity that works with the most vulnerable children and young people in Britain today. It listens, supports and acts to meet its belief that no child should feel alone.

This charity works with local people in developing countries to relieve poverty by providing vocational skills and business training and the tools needed to earn a livelihood through establishing their own business.