An important way in which we at St Giles attempt to express our mission is by raising and giving money to good causes across London, nationally and around the globe.
Each year we select a number of charities which we support. In 2012, our main outward giving was focused on the Church Urban Fund, a UK-wide charity that seeks to help the most underprivileged in society through practical support and aid. In 2013, our main charity was the Barnabas Fund, a charity that campaigns for and supports persecuted Christians around the world. In 2014, we will be supporting Mind in Camden, a charity that provides practical support and counselling to those suffering with mental health problems here in our own borough of London. In 2015 we return to the Church Urban Fund.
Our main fundraising effort for our chosen charities takes place through the collections we take at Sunday services on the first Sunday of each month. If you are unable to attend a service but would like to support a particular special collection, you are encouraged to send a donation to the church, marked Special Collection.
Here is a full list of the charities we will be supporting in 2014:
Focus charity: The Church Urban Fund
January, February, April, June, August
The Bishop of London’s Lent Appeal
During Lent, we will be supporting the Bishop of London’s Lent Appeal, which in 2014 will be in support of the Bishop of London’s Mission Fund.
Over the past ten years the BLMF has granted over £3 million in funding to a broad range of over 150 projects across London. It has supported much imaginative work across the Diocese helping our parishes to flourish and to make a real difference within some of the most deprived communities in our city. As they share the love of Christ in practical ways, often filling the gaps left by retreating council and government agencies, so they are also able to share the Gospel and bring new hope and peace in Jesus Christ.
May – To be Confirmed
Again in 2015 we will be making a collection for the Leprosy Mission during the patronal festival of St Giles day. The Leprosy Mission exists to minister in the name of Jesus Christ to the physical, mental, social and spiritual needs of individuals and communities disadvantaged by leprosy; working with them to uphold human dignity and eradicate leprosy. Despite its strong Christian inspiration, the Leprosy Mission serves people regardless of religion or ethnicity. As a foundation that was first established in the 12th century as a leper hospital, we feel that it is fitting that St Giles-in-the-fields maintain this link to the ongoing struggle against this terrible disease.
Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution
At our harvest festival in October we will make a collection for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI), as we have done in past years. The charity, which is strongly supported by a number of our congregation, provides long-term care and emergency help for retired farmers, farm workers and working farmers and their families who find themselves in financial difficulties.
At the time of remembrance for the war dead, the St Giles special collection will be taken for the Halo Trust, a charity that works for the eradication of land mines. This is a charity in which one of our congregation is heavily involved, so we look forward particularly to being able to support an extremely worthy cause.