Charities we support
Christian Aid has the slogan “We believe in life before death”, and so works to help reduce poverty and suffering caused by disasters and injustice. focusing on the need for trade justice. House-to-house collections during Christian Aid Week remain the biggest single fundraising event.
Traidcraft – Fair Trade at St Mary’s
The Oxford Diocese, to which St Mary’s belongs, is committed to being a Fairtrade Diocese, agreeing to use and promote fairly trade goods. Buying Fair Trade products ensures that workers receive a decent wage for their efforts, and may better support their families.
You may buy Traidcraft goods from a stall in the meeting room on the 2nd Sunday of each month.
There is a rather fine tradition at St Mary’s of supporting the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (USPG) by attending our annual “Cream Tea” event.
The Children’s Society
St Marys supports the work of The Children’s Society through collecting boxes and the Christingle Service.
Collecting boxes are available for anyone wanting to support the Society in its work with vulnerable children. These are collected in at the Christingle service.
The Children’s Society is active in a large number of projects – campaigning for children’s rights, supporting the disabled, homeless and children who are carers.
West Berks Foodbank
Our Harvest Festival Collections this year supported West Berks Foodbank. This local organisation provides emergency food support for people in the Newbury, Thatcham and Hungerford area. St. May’s is a donation and collection point for the Foodbank.