Through the year, the Missions Group raises funds for our 3 'link' partners. In addition, the PCC allocates funds from the annual 'tithe' which is calculated as a percentage of the PCC's Unrestricted Income. The 3 full partners are......
The Bible Society and The Children's Society also benefit from plate collections taken at one or other of the Christmas services.
A brief description of all the above follows . . . . . .
This parish has supported the work of the Bible Society for several years. Bible Sunday, which usually falls in October is marked by some kind of special service, which may include an outside speaker. This is usually followed by a display in the church hall of Bibles and Bible Reading materials.
Our home-groups give regularly to Bible-Society by donating their coffee money and several members are part of the Bible-a Month scheme. Bible society was featured as our chosen charity in our Christmas Card Tree appeal, two years ago. Updates of Bible Society news appear on the Missions Notice Board, in occasional articles in Seasight and on the Bible Society website.
The Children’s Society has been supported by St. Peter and St. Paul since the time when there were two children’s homes here in Rustington - Fairlight on the Worthing Road and Carruthers Corfield House in Shaftesbury Road. Members of the church, who formed House Committees, visited these homes regularly. Fund-raising events were held to provide treats for the children.This continued until the early eighties when the homes closed and the charity started to focus on community care.
Minutes of a meeting held in 1980 record that although the local homes closed, the “Appeal’s Committee” would continue to support the Society as it worked to help vulnerable children.
Jessica Meale from the Society, gave a brief outline of current projects when she joined us for the Vintage Tea Party.
During the last year:-
Through our direct work we reached over 23,000 children across 98 services and centres, which include those at risk or affected by drug and alcohol abuse and sexual exploitation, thousands of young runaways, those with physical or learning difficulties, those living in poverty and Young Carers.
As a direct result of intense lobbying through the Fair & Square campaign, 160,000 more children living in poverty started getting a free nutritious school meal.
More than 40 local authorities have signed up to our Runaways Charter.
The society has influenced new Government guidance protecting hundreds of young trafficking victims.
Following the publication of our Hidden from View report and two decades of campaigning, this year saw a change in law to support thousands of young carers.
Every year the Transform Awards sets the standard for brand development and positioning work in Europe. The Children’s Society has put children’s stories at the centre of its work. In recognition of the Best Visual Identity from a Not for Profit Organisation, the panel of judges awarded a bronze medal to the society. This positive recognition from such a prestigious organisation will enable the society to increase its work with children, families, local authorities and government.
Jessica stressed that at the heart of the success of the society are the volunteers and supporters. She extended her gratitude to the people in Rustington who support events organised by the committee. We were delighted that the Vintage Tea Party raised £600.06 for disadvantaged children.
To find out more about The Church of England Children’s Society visit www.childrenssociety.org.uk
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