THE CHILDREN’S SOCIETY THIS CHRISTMAS AT ST MARY’S
Firstly a huge thank you to all those who have ordered Christmas Cards this year to support the work of the Children’s Society. This was the first time we had tried this at St Mary’s and I am pleased to say we have ordered over £300 worth of cards. The most popular was the one on the right, Madonna of the Firs. All proceeds from the sale of these cards will help make a difference to the lives of vulnerable children.
On Sunday 7th December at 3pm we hold our Christingle service.
Christingle means ‘Christ’s light’ and as we think of this season of advent and Christmas we remember that Jesus came into the world to bring light and hope. The Children’s Society is doing everything it can to change children’s stories. Today, over three and a half million children live in poverty in the UK and by 2020 there will be over four million. All the money raised from Christingle services across the country goes towards making a difference to the lives of these children and young people, supporting them to make the story of their childhood a better one, going from poverty to sufficiency, from stigma to acceptance, and from harm to safety. The Children’s Society believes that no child should have their life devastated by poverty. Christingle is important, as well as nurturing a child’s faith, in raising vital funds to support this vital work of The Children’s Society. Last year St Mary’s raised about £120 at Christingle – let’s try to increase that amount this year!
On Wednesday 17th December, at 8.45pm we will be Carol Singing round the pubs and restaurants in Battersea Square and High Street. The money we collect will be donated to the Children’s Society. All are welcome to join in singing and/or collecting. We meet at church at the end of choir practice. Carol sheets are provided; we advise warm clothes as we may be outside part of the time. We will finish with a drink or two in the Woodman.
Thank you all for your support! Libby Bradshaw, Children’s Society Co-ordinator, St Mary’s
‘The Children’s Society is a children’s charity which wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including safeguarding children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions to improve child protection so that young people have a better chance in life’.