Charities supported in 2023
€113 was given at our Remembrance Day service, helping Sally Wheeldon to send a total of €650 to the British Legion's Poppy Appeal.
In March €481 was sent to Fenoarivo following the devastation caused by Cyclone Freddy.
€250 was sent from our Discretionary Fund for aid in Syria/Turkey following the earthquake.
Barbara, used money given by the congregation to shop for Restos du Coeur Bébés, who sent the thank you letter below (translated from French).
The Pezenas team is very grateful for your help. Thanks to your generous donations, our cupboard is once again filled with hygiene products. We thank you for your support and the trust you place in us, which allows us to improve the daily lives of our poorest families.
Charities supported in 2022
Annual Year-end Donations
At the end of 2022, using our "tithe" from our General Fund, we continued to support Languedoc Solidarity with Refugees and also gave to Bishop Robert's Advent Appeal (to build a toilet block for a school in Kenya) and L'Institut du Cancer de Montpellier. Each received 400 euros.
At our Remembrance service on 6 November,
Sally Wheeldon sold poppies, raising €148 of the total €560 she raised for the British Legion in the year.
At our Harvest Lunch on 2 October, the raffle, organised by Barbara, plus cash donations, raised €370 for Restos du Coeur.
In September, the remaining €250 in our Disasters' Fund was sent to Pakistan via the World Food Programme, following the devastating flooding.
Bobbie's Bookstall, which is at the back of the Temple at each of our services, is currently raising money for the work of Le Croix Rouge in Ukraine. Bobbie brought her books to our Harvest Lunch to raise more money for this good cause. By the end of October €116 had been raised.
€140 was donated at the Confirmation Service on
28 April 2002 for the Bishop's Fund for Ordination Candidates.
In March, €250 from our Disasters' Fund plus €205 donated by members of our congregation was sent to La Croix Rouge for their work with victims of the war in Ukraine.
Charities supported in 2021
We give a "tithe" from our General Fund at the end of each year. This year €200 has been received by each of the following five charities. Please click on the icons to learn more .
Harvest At our Harvest service we welcomed a guest preacher, Kevin Conroy from the Church of Ireland.Jenny and Alan Morgan provided sweet and savoury treats and wine after the service. €460 (€360 at this service and €100 in previous weeks) as well as foodstuffs, was donated for the Pézenas branch of Restos du Coeur.
RIP William Pinnell
William, a founder member of our congregation, died on 19 September. A collection was taken in his memory at our Harvest service, raising €226 to be split between WaterAid and The Prayer Book Society.
In May, the Chaplaincy Council standing committee decided to send to India, in response to the Covid-19 situation there, the €500 designated each year for response to emergency situations in the world. This was sent via the Barnabas Fund.
Our Lent lunches, which usually raise money for charities, were cancelled for a second year due to Covid-19. Donations were made nonetheless which enabled us to continue our support of Languedoc Solidarity with Refugees and to support Bishop Robert’s Lent Appeal.
Also arising from our Lent Groups, Carol Gardner gave to the Diocese of Toliara in Madagascar, via the chaplaincy, €130 of the money she raised for charities by making and selling marmalade.
Charities Supported in 2020
Our congregation provides help to Restos du Coeur throughout the year, giving foodstuffs and “treats”, via two members of our congregation who are active volunteers. In 2020, as well as essentials, Christmas presents were given for 95 children and a box of chocolates for each of the 155 families supported locally.
We maintain a contingency fund in order to respond quickly to major disasters. In 2020 this was sent via UNICEF to Beirut following the explosion.
Lent and Harvest
Money is raised each year through Lent lunches and usually at Harvest time. Sadly the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in our Harvest event being cancelled but donations made in Lent 2020 were used to support Bishop Robert’s Lent Appeal to help a school in Kenya and Languedoc Solidarity with Refugees, a charity our chaplaincy has supported since it was founded in 2015.
General Fund tithe
The 10% of our General Fund that we commit each year was used in 2020 to support:
Our local branch of La Ligue Contre le Cancer, whose income had been seriously diminished by lack of fund-raising events during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Languedoc Solidarity with Refugees, continuing our support for this local charity.
Médecins Sans Frontières, continuing our support
Polio-France, due to a personal connection
Bishop Robert's Advent Appeal to feed some of the world's poorest people during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Barnabas Fund We gave money to buy goats to enable some of the world's poorest people to become self sufficient.
For more information about the Barnabas Fund, please see Julie's article under Julie Writes here.