Beyond Ourselves

‘Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute.
Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.’
(Proverbs 31: 8–9)

Part of our mission as a church is to help support those who are marginalised or who live in poverty. We actively encourage volunteering and allocate funds to international, national and local charities. During a recent consultation the congregation chose to focus on poverty and the environment as areas for special action. We hope you might feel inspired to get involved with these.

Poverty

  • opportunities for homelessness volunteering in Winchester, with Winchester Churches Nightshelter and the Trinity Centre
  • fund-raising for refugees

Environment

  • using the framework of the environmental charity A Rocha to get better at caring for God’s creation; this involves taking small, achievable steps towards becoming an eco church

Some of the main charities the parish currently gives to:

Through Church Mission Society we support a young family in southeast Asia, working alongside the local church as it seeks to respond to new opportunities and challenges, leading training and also teaching English to resource emerging leaders.

Christian Aid works globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. It is part of a wider movement for social justice.

Wells for India is a water-harvesting agency, working in rural India to expand the provision of water, sanitation and livelihood skills to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged people.

Church Urban Fund tackles poverty in England by informing, inspiring, resourcing and supporting churches as they work to build community.

Trinity Winchester provides life-changing opportunities for people who are homeless or suffering from social deprivation.

Winchester Churches Nightshelter provides high-quality accommodation and food, a safe and caring temporary home and specialist support to enable people to rebuild their lives and escape homelessness for good.

All charities aided in 2016

Barnabas Fund supports Christian minorities in the world suffering as a consequence of their faith.

Bible Society is a global mission encouraging reading of the Bible, an extraordinarily important book in today’s world.

Church Mission Society is a community of people in mission around the world who want the world to know Jesus, who can change lives.

Embrace the Middle East improves the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people, regardless of their faith or nationality.

Feed the Minds work with some of the world’s most disadvantaged people to improve literacy skills which can positively change their lives.

Leprosy Mission gives treatments and general health care for those affected.

Mission to Seafarers provides help and support in over 260 ports worldwide.

USPG (United Society – Partners in the Gospel) works in direct partnership with Anglican churches around the world helping those in greatest need.

Wells for India works on water-related projects in Rajasthan, northwest India.

Church Urban Fund works to tackle poverty and transform the lives of the most marginalised in our country.

Churches Together Winchester supports refugee charities on a monthly basis: Medecins sans Frontières, Aid to the Church in Need and Firefly.

Friends of the Family Winchester supports vulnerable families to find solutions to their problems.

Minstead Training Trust offers residential and day care with training in work, life and social skills to adults with learning disabilities.

The Olive Branch is a counselling service for people living in Winchester and the surrounding area.

Street Pastors, Winchester are a group of church members who work on the streets helping those in need at night.

Trinity Winchester addresses the effects of homelessness and vulnerability through specialist practical and emotional support.

Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) works to cut the carbon footprint of Winchester district.

Winchester Churches Nightshelter is open 365 days a year and offers accommodation, food and vital support services to homeless people in Hampshire.

Winchester City Centre Chaplaincy are a group of people who build friendships, listen and support people in their place of work; Liz Russell is the chaplain we support.