We have our annual budget setting meeting coming up in the Missions Committee this Monday 12th March.
Now that might not sound very exciting but the Committee fulfils an important role for St Michael's, as it is the group which decides which charities at home and abroad we are going to support during the year. We have a list of over 20 charities that we support on a regular basis and we have a budget of several thousand pounds to distribute. This is money that is given by the church membership as a whole and we decide how it is going to be spent.
We support many charities overseas, ranging from more traditional missionary societies such as USPG and the Church Mission Society, to other such as Christian Solidarity Worldwide and Anti-Slavery International. At home we support local charities such as the Stort Valley Trust and nationwide ones such as Falcon Camps, which aims to help those people from deprived backgrounds, who would not otherwise do so, to have a summer holiday.
If you are a member of the congregation and think that there is a particular charity that we should support, leave a comment here with some details and we will consider it. thanks - Roger S