Charities supported in 2021
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.