Good Causes Supported by the Church
As a church community we are always willing to help good causes, both local and further afield. Below are details of the charities we help on a regular and occasional basis:
The Epiphany Trust’s Child Action Lanka Centre for Street Children in Kandy is the Church's Charity for 2013/14.. The Centre in Kandy, the third largest city in Sri Lanka, has become a haven of security for more than 150 youngsters.
The project has expanded to include workshops and skills training for the mums also, many of whom beg on the street.
We support this charity through retirement collections at our Harvest Thanksgiving service in October and by having fun events throughout the year.
Woking & Sam Beare Hospices aspires to a time when every individual can approach death informed, supported and free of pain; a time when the needs of the individual, and of those close to them, are met with personalised care at the end of life.
Most recently our organist, Dave Fisher, raised funds jointly for Holy Trinity and Sam Beare through an Organ Marathon.
SANDS is a national charity, established by bereaved parents in 1981. They support anyone affected by the death of a baby. They work in partnership with health professionals to improve the quality of care and services offered to bereaved families and promote research and changes in practice that could help to reduce the loss of babies' lives.
Our community support SANDS by knitting baby blankets. We recently had the following message:
"Thank you so much for the donation of the beautiful blankets These are invaluable to parents both to povide their baby with dignity, but also as a precious keepsake from their short time together as a family. The blankets are very much appreciated".
Our knitters are still hard at work and we continue to support this charity throughout the year.
Here at Holy Trinity Lyne we support the Salvation Army Tin-A-Week scheme and encourage our parishioners to bring non-perishable food stuffs every Sunday when they come to worship. We always collect tins for the Salvation Army at our Harvest Thanksgiving service.
At Christmas we ask our weekly donors to consider swapping from basic food stuffs to things that would appeal to children, such as chocolate biscuits, crisps, sweets, cakes etc. Christmas week boxes for families with children can then include an 'interesting' extra item sure to raise a smile.
In partnership with our Church of England school next door, we are supporting the Trussell Trust's Christmas Shoebox appeal to Bulgaria and Serbia, providing a box of Christmas joy to an adult or child in need.
The Genesis Project is a MU led project in a very disadvantaged area called The Manor in Sheffield. Every year we collect and send toys at Christmas to them. Some toys are distributed directly to families, and others are made available to buy through the Genesis shop, enabling those on low incomes to be able to buy Christmas presents at prices that are affordable.
Income generated from the Genesis shop is ploughed back into other Genesis projects, things as diverse as providing breakfast clubs at the primary school, pensioners hot lunches, and other very local specific community support.
We have a large wooden sleigh and each year on the first Sunday in December we have our wonderful Toy Service which fills it with toys. The sleigh acts as a poignant reminder to our congregation, young and old, of the true meaning of giving at Christmas.