Supporting The Children’s Society
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, disabled, young carers and those within the youth justice system.
Last year The Children’s Society reached more than 23,000 children through its children’s centres and programmes. To quote their website: ‘We defend, safeguard and protect the childhood of all children and young people throughout the UK through our network of programmes and services’.
See below for details on some of these programmes and services.
St Mary’s has been supporting the Children’s Society for many years now by individual collecting boxes and our annual carol singing. We currently have 22 people with collecting boxes and raise between £200-£300 per year from these. It would be good to have some more people involved so if you would like a box please let me know.
My email is [email protected] & my phone number is 07956 655037. Box donations and individual donations can be gift aided and I have forms for this.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND FUNDRAISING:
During October and November we will have a display of Christmas Cards you can order to support the charity. This is now up at the back of the church so please look at these and consider supporting these children. Order forms are on the table.
Christingle Service – Sunday 7th December, 3pm
Our service this year will be on Sunday 7th December at 3pm. Asi will be preparing the content of the service, we will be giving collecting ‘candles’ to the children in advance and will need people to help assemble about 100 Christingles on the Saturday! Please let me (Libby) know if you can help.
Christingle means ‘Christ’s Light’ and it is a symbol of the Christian faith. Lots of churches hold Christingle services around Christmas time. The custom of giving out lighted candles in these services originates from the Moravian Church in Germany in 1747 but they weren’t introduced to the Anglican Church in England until 1968.
Christingles are made up of different parts, each one being there to remind us of something. The orange represents the world whilst the candle is to remind us of Jesus because Christians believe Jesus to be the light of the world. The red ribbon goes all round the ‘world’ and reminds Christians that Jesus died because it represents the blood of Jesus. The four cocktail sticks could have either of two meanings: the four seasons or the four corners of the world. The sweets (or sometimes dried fruit) are to remind us of God’s gifts to the world including kindness and love. The foil, when used, is merely there to catch the waxy drips from the candle and does not have a meaning.
Carol singing – Wednesday 17th December, 8.45pm
This takes place around the pubs and restaurants of Battersea Square and Battersea High Street and usually raises over £100 from diners and drinkers. All welcome, meet at church at 8.45pm
Some Programmes and Services provided by The Children’s Society
Our service is an ‘Access to Records’ service, sharing records with those who were either adopted or in the care of The Children’s Society.
We ensure that children in care or in the child protection system have a say in important decisions that are made about their lives.
We are leading the way in developing programmes to identify and support children living in families where parents are affected by drugs or alcohol misuse.
We support children from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller families, as well as refugee and new migrant families.
We support more than 166,000 young carers across the country.
War, persecution and torture force many children to flee to this country by themselves.
Exclusion, ignorance and disrespect mean that many disabled children are allowed little control over their own lives.
We support children when they run away from home or care
Exposed to terrors like bullying, violence and deprivation, it’s not surprising that some children are driven to crime.
We run children’s centres throughout England that support the needs of children under five and their parents or carers.
Through our intergenerational work we aim to improve younger and older people’s experiences of living together in their community.
Helping children feel safe, happy and protected is often about working with the family too.
Pot of Gold and Over the Rainbow, two related initiatives, are ways we involve children and young people in influencing budgetary decision-making and recipients of funding have the opportunity to share their work and show the difference it has made.
The Children’s Society is grateful for every penny that we raise for their vital work with vulnerable children and young people.