Just as the principal of giving applies to individuals, so it also applies to the church. Accordingly, St. Michael's gives roughly one tenth of its income to supporting and reaching those outside the immediate church family.
A significant proportion of our giving is to support reaching out to children and young people in Breaston and the surrounding area. It is vital that the church of today recruits and develops the leaders of tomorrow. This is why we employ a Youth, Children's and Community Worker (Simon Bentley).
Each November the PCC decides which charities and organisation to support. In 2017 we gave to the following:
Father Georges in Madagascar - £1,600
Father Georges is a pastor in Madagascar with a heart not only for the souls of his flock, but also their physical well-being and nourishment. The money helps to support these projects which are helping to reduce the level of poverty in the region:
- Rice growing
- Pig breeding
- House building
- A new irrigation system
- Fruit tree planting
- A vermicomposting project (worms).
We receive regular updates from Fr Georges and lots of photographs.
Open Doors - £2,000
Open Doors exists to strengthen the church to be the church in the most hostile places. In over 50 countries, Open Doors is supplying Bibles, training church leaders, delivering Bible-based literacy programmes and supporting Christians who suffer for their faith. In the UK and Ireland Open Doors works to raise awareness of global persecution, mobilising prayer, support and action among Christians.
Long Eaton & Sawley Food Bank - £500
The Long Eaton & Sawley Food Bank is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK. They provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in a crisis.
Greenfields Africa - £300
Greenfields Africa is an Anglican charity based in Market Drayton. They do fantastic work in Africa helping the poorest communities with education and healthcare.