The Parish of Ponteland

Charity Support

In 2015 the church gave about £26,000 to charity. The Parochial Church Council agree each year to support five charities with £200 each. These are

· PCDC (Practical Compassion for Destitute Children), a charity founded by Rev Malcolm Jones (a former curate) which works in Palestine.

· The Shirley Community Chaplaincy (North East) is a charity based in the North East that seeks to support and encourage ex-offenders towards a better way of life.

· Bible Society –

· People’s Kitchen, working in Newcastle.

· Cornerstone, working in Benwell.

In addition, collections at specific services are sent to charities. Every year the two Crib services on Christmas Eve raise over £1000 for the Children’s Society, and the Carol Service raises about £1,200 for Christian Aid. The Bible Society, Christian Aid, Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and Tynedale Hospice at Home also benefitted in 2015. On occasions a special collection is made at the end of Sunday services for a specific appeal.

A large amount of money given at church services goes direct to charities outside the church. At funerals we ask the families which charity they would like to support, then put a donation plate out, handle the money, and pass it on to the charity. At weddings we ask for half the collection, and pass the other half on to a charity chosen by the couple. The total amount passed to charities in 2015 was £9,700, the most popular ones being Alzheimer’s Society, Macmillan Nurses and Great North Air Ambulance.

Church members support Eric and Sandra Read (through CMS) and Vicky Hopley (through the Friends of Mandritsara Trust) – both get £3,000 per annum. There is more information about their work on separate tabs

The PCC makes a payment of £250 to Party in the Park every year, and many of our congregation support the event. We work ecumenically with the local Bible Society group, and many of our congregation support the twice-yearly lunch and coffee mornings. In 2014 the Ponteland Group sent £3100 to Bible Society HQ. Many in our congregation support Christian Aid and the 2016 collection in Ponteland will be organised by Jane Lewis from St Mary’s (she takes over from Bill and Sylvia Hickey, to whom much thanks).

From our congregation, there is support for the Children’s Society (Quiz Nights, Coffee Mornings and collecting boxes), Church Army (an annual Plant Sale and Coffee Morning), Traidcraft, Macmillan, British Heart Foundation and Changing Faces. Mary Bailey organises an annual donation of Shoeboxes for the Samaritan’s Purse charity. In 2015 57 boxes were sent. The Coffee Club donated £627 to various charities last year together with £92 to 'Daft as a Brush’ and the Mothers Union raises money for its own work at Diocesan, National and International levels.

Our church is a collecting point for the West End Food Bank and about six large bags of food donated by church members are taken every two weeks. We take no pride in the fact that Newcastle has one of the largest foodbanks in the country -

We make the Parish Centre available at a charity rate to several groups during the year. We make no charge for the Ponteland Brownie pack for their two meetings a week and there is rarely a charge made when a fundraising event for a church-supported charity takes place in the Centre. In addition, much of our £131,000 payment of Parish Share supports ministry outside Ponteland.

The full report is available here.

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