The Children’s Society, previously the Church of England Children’s Society, helps vulnerable children of all faiths and no faith including those at risk on the streets, young refugees, those with disabilities, young carers and those within the youth justice system. Today, over three and a half million children live in poverty in the UK and by 2020 it is estimated there will be over four million. The Children’s Society believes that no child should have their life devastated by poverty.
Winifred Stone, who many people of St Mary’s will remember, was the first, and only, female chief executive of the Children’s Society. She died at home in December 2016, aged 90. Many of us at St Mary’s are aware that she would not have been able to stay at home in the last months of her life if it hadn’t been for the daily visits and making of meals by Charlotte Kirwan who considered Winifred to be the mother she had never had. On Sunday 29th October, after the 11am service, we dedicated the launch of this year’s Children’s Society Christmas cards and the re-launch of collecting boxes to Winifred’s memory.
St Mary’s has been supporting the Children’s Society for many years with individual collecting boxes and donations from carol singing. For several years now we have also held a Christingle service in December and more recently we have had Christmas cards on display for people to order.
FOUR ways in which you can support The Children’s Society:
1. Collecting boxes:
Individual collecting boxes are available for adults or children to collect loose change. Counter top ones can also be supplied for your place of work. Please ask me for one.
2. Christmas Cards:
The display of cards, advent calendars and wrapping paper is up at the back of church together with order forms. All proceeds from the sale of these cards will help make a difference to the lives of vulnerable children. Please complete a form and place it in the box provided
On Sunday 10th December at 4pm we will hold our Christingle service. Christingle, meaning ‘Christ’s light’ is a service for children where we remember Jesus came into the world to bring light and hope. All the money raised from Christingle services across the country goes towards the work of the Children’s society. Ruth Holleley is looking for children to help with the singing at that service so please contact her if you or your children would like to sing. Her number is 07969 831947.
Special collecting boxes for the Christingle are available by the display at the back of church.
4. Carol Singing:
On Wednesday 20th December, at 8.45pm we will be Carol Singing round pubs and restaurants in Battersea Square and Battersea 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 8.45 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!
Any questions or any other fundraising suggestions please contact me as below:
Libby Bradshaw, Children’s Society Co-ordinator, St Mary’s
Email: [email protected] Mobile: 07956 655037
Thank you for your support!