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 2021 of £7,000 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 Beneficiaries in 2021 to include:
- Christian Aid
- JJ Community Transformation/Hand-in-Hand
- Otley Christian Resources Hub
- The Children’s Society
In addition to these charities, the Outward Giving Group also supports and helps to promote other direct appeals and collections during the year including: the Diocese of Bradford’s Sudan Appeal; Fair Trade Fortnight; and chosen Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) appeals.
The Mission Fund is overseen by the Outward Giving Group which meets three times a year, provides recommendations to the PCC and organises displays and speakers for the chosen charities. Its members are:
Mission Fund Distribution 2020
In 2020, the Mission Fund raised/disbursed approximately £2,436 (against a budget of £8,000), as follows:
|DEC Covid-19 Appeal||£53|
|JJ Community Transformation||£170|
|Staying Put (Christmas Appeal) (actually paid in Jan 2021)||£1,605|
|Other small donations||£250|
Payments in 2019 = £10,485
NB This figure differs slightly from the accounts as we report on the funds raised during the course of the year, some of which are dispersed in the following January.
There was a surplus of £928 which has been retained for distribution in 2021.
It should be noted that our charitable activities, especially appeals, were hard hit by Covid. However, we would like to say thank you for the generosity of the members of the congregation who were able to support our Outward Giving in such a difficult year. We trust and pray that 2021 will bring better and brighter things.
Since 2004 Otley Christian Resources Hub (OCRH) has been supporting Anglican Churches around the Otley area with their ministry to children and young people. Over the past four years their service has grown and they are now also working with other Christian denominations in the surrounding area. Their vision is to be a source of encouragement, inspiration and creativity to churches in their ministry to children and young people.
The main areas of work are in loaning resources, working with parishes to provide 'Open the Book' in schools, as well as offering support and training for all those involved in children's ministry including Sunday schools and crèches, all-age worship, Messy Church and after school groups.
The ‘Open the Book’ project provides resources for the telling and acting out of Bible stories in primary school assemblies. This autumn, St Margaret’s ‘Open the Book’ team hope to resume their regular visits to Ashlands Primary School in Ilkley.
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
Current priorities include:
Hand in Hand is a UK Christian development agency working in equal partnership with projects in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ecuador. It collects and passes on 100% of donations to JJ Community Transformation.
Christian Aid is a global movement of people, churches and local organisations which, for over 75 years, has provided humanitarian relief and long-term development support for poor communities worldwide, while highlighting suffering, tackling injustice and championing people’s rights.