St Margaret’s Vision Statement:
“An outward-looking, vibrant and loving Christian family, where everyone lives out their faith in their daily life.”
One of the key priorities in our second Mission Action Plan was to “Develop a strategic and structured approach to outward giving to mission and charities by establishing a working group accountable to the PCC.” This led to the founding of our Outward Giving Group and St Margaret’s ‘Mission Fund’. The Mission Fund enables St Margaret’s to pass any Gift Aided element on to our nominated charities from donors who are tax-payers.
The present target of St Margaret’s Parochial Church Council for our Outward Giving via the Mission Fund is 5% of our Church Giving income. Therefore our PCC has underwritten a budgeted figure for 2019 of £8,000 for outward giving. However, our hope is that the majority of these funds will be raised through existing and on-going fundraising activities and appeals throughout the year.
Mission Fund Distribution 2018
In 2018, the Mission Fund disbursed approximately £7,974 (against a budget of £8,000), as follows:
|Otley Christian Resources Hub||1,500|
|Refugee Action (Bradford)||200|
|Diocesan Overseas Links (Confirmation)||165|
|JJ Community Transformation (Harvest)||1,335|
|A Bit of a Break (Christmas Appeal)||3,807|
|Other small donations||602|
There was a surplus of £468 which has been retained for distribution in 2019.
In addition, £1,438 raised was paid direct and did not appear in the Mission Fund, including £651 for Christian Aid Week and £787 for The Children’s Society through the Advent Procession, Christingle Service and house boxes. This brought total charitable giving in 2018 to over £9,400 (£12,600 in 2017).
Mission Fund Beneficiaries in 2019 will include:
- Christian Aid
- JJ Community Transformation/Hand-in-Hand
- Otley Christian Resources Hub (OCRH)
- Shine West Bowling
Other organisations will be added to this list over the course of the year. The Outward Giving Group also supports and helps to promote other direct appeals and collections during the year including: the Diocese of Leeds Sudan Appeal; Fair Trade Fortnight; the Children’s Society; and chosen Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) appeals. There are regular displays at the back of church promoting these organisations and the work of the Outward Giving Group.
Christian Aid works with local partners in 37 countries, with people of all faiths and none.CA responds to humanitarian emergencies; campaigns for change; seeks practical solutions to poverty; helps people to access services such as healthcare and education, to become more resilient to shocks and disasters such as drought, climate change and hurricanes and to make the most of opportunities.
In the past, St Margaret’s has helped with house-to-house collections during Christian Aid Week but these are ceasing in Ilkley. This year we will be holding a retiring collection and seeking other ways to raise money for Christian Aid.(https://www.christianaid.org.uk/)
JJ Community Transformation in Uganda
JJ Community Transformation began with the foundation of a small primary school in 2007 in south west Uganda. The project’s aim is to work with the local community to provide free, quality education to children in this poor, rural area through Christian love and values. It now comprises both primary and secondary schools and in 2018 acquired a further education college JJ Excel College providing technical, business and vocational courses.(www.jjctuganda.org/)
Otley Christian Resources Hub (OCRH)
OCRH supports and enables work in local schools through the ‘Open the Book’ project. The ‘Open the Book’ project provides resources for the telling and acting out of Bible stories in primary school assemblies. St Margaret’s ‘Open the Book’ team regularly visits Ashlands Primary School in Ilkley. The Hub’s staff also support children’s work happening through Anglican Churches in the local communities of Otley, Ilkley and their surrounding villages. (www.ocrh.org.uk)
Shine West Bowling
This project, based at St Stephen’s West Bowling, provides activities and support to address unemployment, poverty, addiction and other issues in one of Bradford’s most deprived parishes. We hope to welcome Sarah Hinton to talk to us about their work during the autumn. (www.shinewestbowling.org.uk/)
The Mission Fund is overseen by the Outward Giving Group whose members are Catherine Beaumont, Fr Philip Gray, Lindsay Kitching, Michelle Still (Fair Trade and The Children’s Society), Alison Stretton and Linda Whittaker. We meet three times a year, provide recommendations to the PCC and organise displays and speakers for the chosen charities. We are very grateful for the support given by St Margaret’s congregations and visitors to the appeals and fundraising initiatives over the course of each year and are happy to discuss the organisations we recommend or to receive suggestions of organisations for future support.