Church of England Diocese of Newcastle Longframlington with Brinkburn

Charities we support

Members of St Mary's support a number of different charities.  A record of the charities we supported financially last year can be found in our Annual Report, although support is not necessarily all financial.

Here in the UK we are currently coping with coronavirus, but we recognise that other parts of the world do not have access to the resources we do, so last year we supported the Disasters Emergency Committee's appeal for support for Yemen, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Syria, all of which have been battered by conflict and have many refugees.  And now coronavirus too.  

In June 2019 we had visitors from Tanzania, telling us about Tearfund's Church and Community Mobiilsation Process (CCMP) in the Morogoro Diocese in Tanzania.  Since then we have received an update on the work there, with more on Hellen and Wilson whose way of life has changed as they have adopted conservation farming to improve their land and protect their ability to feed their family.  Their lives have been completely transformed through their involvement with this project, which addresses all the community's needs, physical and spiritual, rather than just trying to relieve poverty.  See download below for the latest information.  

Tearfund started a REBOOT campaign in October 2020 calling for a cleaner fairer recovery for all around the world, because the poorest people in the poorest countries are the ones who suffer most  as a result of climate change.  Most of us can afford a little more for our needs, but the poorest, especially those who can barely survive anyway have no money for anything.  Please join us in signing the request to press our government to take action ahead of the 2021 Glasgow Climate Summit in Glasgow.
The three key points that we want the government to act on are:

- Leave no one behind by supporting those around the world most vulnerable to climate change
- Unleash a clean energy revolution that provides jobs and clean energy in the UK and around the world
- Protect, restore and expand our green and wild spaces, allowing nature to thrive

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Tearfund also encourages us to pray for climate Justice:

What does the Lord require of you? Do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God

There is so much injustice in this world

· In this country we take far more than our fair share of the world’s resources: contributing to the shortages of food and other necessary resources at the root of conflicts around the world.

· We in the UK have prioritised vaccinating our own people before thinking of those in poorer nations

· Our thoughtless use of fossil fuels puts greenhouse gases into the atmosphere causing global warming – with droughts, floods and gales disproportionately affecting those in poorer countries

· In the UK, non-white members of the community experience discrimination in access to the services they need and in their treatment by police and other official bodies

· Countries like the UK benefit from arms sales to poorer nations, contributing to prosperity here, but fuelling conflict and persecution in other nations, including persecution of minorities

Lord God,

We want to answer your call to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with you. On Good Friday we marked the day that Jesus was unjustly executed: challenge us to be a voice and a force for justice in our lives, our communities and across the Earth. Amen.
This brief meditation and prayer, broadly based on a Tearfund Lent publication, can be downloaded below

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Other charities we support include

The Children's Society - supported by collecting boxes and through the Christingle service each year.  During the coronavirus pandemic the Archbishop of Canterbury made an appeal for supporters to pray for Children's Society staff and their work with children especially at risk at this time.  We work with the most vulnerable young people. We listen. We support. We act. Because we believe no child should feel alone.

Alzheimer's Society - for whom we  raised over £1800 through the Great Longframlington Cream Tea held in the village Memorial Hall in the summer of 2019

Alnwick District Food Bank - for whom we have a collection box always available in the church porch, and for whom we collected a substantial quantity of non-perishable items and cash at the time of our 2020 Harvest and Christmas celebrations, at a time when food bank clients were exceptionally hard pressed.  We are grateful to our members and the other local residents who contribute regularly to the Food Bank box in the porch

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