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They do not form part of the Churches Together in Epsom, but of course we support many of these events

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A few are indicated below for quick access, but not in order of precedence.

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Christian Aid fights poverty, because everyone should have the opportunity to thrive

We work in partnership with churches, individuals and local organisations

in communities worldwide, supporting people of all faiths and none to rise out of poverty.

Christian Aid Week Report October 2016

I have now finalised all the accounts for Christian Aid Week, and filed our accounts with Christian Aid.

 

2015

2016

United Reformed Church

414.00

500.00

Wells church

231.26

333.07

Christchurch

1,779.64

1,926.61

St Martins Church

618.96

580.21

Epsom Methodist Church

4,277.23

4,192.0

Baptist Church

1,964.30

1,763.02

St Stephen's Church

433.01

381.20

St Barnabas Church

548.89

642.14

Public Street Collection £384.95 and 2016 £270.00

Total 2015 £10,652.24 and for 2016 £10,588.25

As you will see the 2016 total was only just lower than 2015.This was made up of £6,612.25 from the house-to-house collection, church collections and fund raising giving another £3,706.00 and the public street collection of £270.00

Only Christchurch, Epsom Methodist Church and the Baptist church are still doing an extensive collection, clearly not covering much of Epsom. Participating in a collection brings in a larger donation, but the other churches all do a brilliant job in fund raising, holding events, quiz nights, plant stalls, coffee mornings etc.

Since Christian Aid week I have met up with Laura Mead (no relation) who is the Regional Co-ordinator for Surrey.

We spoke about the difficulties in recruiting collectors for the collecting and the reluctance for the majority of the churches in participating in this event.

There are no easy solutions.

She is aware of the difficulties, which is why Christian Aid is constantly trying to find new ways to fund raise, introducing the Big Brekkie concept, which I donít think any of the churches in Epsom organised. As we all know the challenges for the developing countries never seem to decline, so all of us need to be committed to continue supporting Christian Aid each year.

As I indicated last year I have now resigned from my position as Christian Aid organiser for Epsom Methodist Church, I have done this job for 20 years, and I feel that someone else should take over the position and bring new ideas and new enthusiasm to the role.

I will continue to be the Christian Aid Epsom organiser for the time being, and I will also organise the public street collection.

However, this means that somebody needs to take over the main fund-raising initiative for Epsom Methodist Church.

This could be to continue what we have done in the past by completing an extensive collection, or taking a different route.  I think for several of us who have done collections for many years, we would be happy to continue, so just need someone to organise us.

From my point of view, I have collected for nearly 30 years in Epsom, many of those in the same road.

I come home from work, tired and exhausted, and can honestly say that 2 hours later I have been overwhelmed by the friendliness and generosity of the people that I meet, I know that this isnít the experience of a lot of people, and of course there are some negatives as well, but they are very much in the minority.

So I would urge all of you to look at whether this role is something that you could take on, and I would be very, very happy to talk to you. I would obviously be hugely disappointed if Epsom Methodist Church did not participate in any fund-raising in 2017, but I am very clear, I will not be organising it.

Resources for 2017 have to be completed in January 2017, so if it is something that you can do please come forward and speak to me soon.

Gillian Mead

Future Christian Aid Week dates

2017 - 14-20 May

2018 - 13-19 May

 

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