Each year the church adopts a cause to support throughout that year. We may support the cause by fundraising, or with our prayers, or we may just learn more about the issues that face the particular charity. In any event, through a planned programme we seek to discover ways in which we can provide active support and encouragement to those involved with the work.
In 2017/18 we have been supporting Firm Foundation, which supports homeless in Harrow. We staffed the Night Shelter for 3 nights last year and hope to do the same again this year.
Since 2014 we have been supporting the Harrow Foodbank, which provides food for families in emergencies, and CAP (Christians Against Poverty) which helps people to manage their finances.
In 2012/13 and 2015 we supported the Karibuni Trust, which supports
several projects in
There have been several events and activities through the time of this project: cake stalls, sale of Christmas cards and calendars, an auction of promises, Kenyan meals. Lillian Kiboma ran successfully in the London 10-k run on July 14th despite the heat! And Catherine and Peter Wells climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.
These and other events and contributions mean that over £6500 has been raised for the really important work that Karibuni do with children from the streets and slums in Kenya and there may be more to come
In 2011 we supported St Luke's Hospice
Many people in Harrow and Brent have been helped or supported by St Luke's at some time in their lives. Whether the care is needed for themselves, a partner, a parent or friend, St Luke's has helped them achieve the best quality of life, for whatever time they have, at what is often an exceptionally difficult period.
Throughout the year we supported St Luke's organised events as well as holding our own fundraising and awareness events.
We finished with a Grand Variety Concert which raised £1400.
In total, we raised about £5000 for this very worthwhile, local project.
In the past we have supported such causes as:
- 2006 - Cystic Fibrosis Trust - We collected over £4000 for this charity, which seeks to improve the lives of people with Cystic Fibrosis, raise the profile and fund research into a cure.
- 2007 - Vidhu - a charity for the education of orphans displaced by the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. We collected and remitted to them over £700.
- 2008 - The Persecuted Church, learning more about issues facing churches in other lands and supporting them with our prayers.
- 2009 - Tear Fund, a leading relief and development charity, working in partnership with Christian agencies and churches worldwide to tackle the causes and effects of poverty in developing countries throughout the world.
- 2010 - Our regular charities, Action for Children, Christian Aid and Traidcraft.
In addition to our major project, we also regularly support other good causes throughout the year as part of our ongoing work:
Harrow Women's Aid provides a safe home for women and children who are suffering from domestic abuse until they can find somewhere else to live. At Harvest-time and Christmas we provide food and gifts for families who may arrive at the home with nothing.
Action for Children is the Childrens charity of the Methodist Church, formerly called NCH. It supports and speaks out for the most vulnerable and neglected children and young people in the UK by providing specialist help and support for disabled children, helping vulnerable and excluded young people, helping to find carers for children who can't live with their families and supporting families at critical times and with difficult problems.
Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. They work globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. They are part of a wider movement for social justice.They provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.
Traidcraft Their mission is to fight poverty through trade, practising and promoting approaches to trade that help poor people in developing countries transform their lives. Established in 1979 as a Christian response to poverty, they combine a trading company and a development charity. They build lasting relationships with producers, support people to trade out of poverty and work to bring about trade justice.
Church coffee, tea and biscuits are Fairtraid products. A stall selling traidcraft items is open in the coffee lounge most weeks and the catalogues of their products are available, from which orders can be placed.