Charities we Support

In line with many other parishes, we have pledged to give 10% of our freewill giving (that is, any money which is given in collections, the envelope scheme, direct debits, or by other means, which has not been given for a specific cause) to external charities working with the most vulnerable in our world.   The majority is given to 4 main charities, agreed by the PCC each year, along with some smaller gifts to other charities.

From the £19,018 available for 2020 we supported the following charities:
£3982-75 each to The Mityana Charity (in Uganda), CMS (Church Mission Society), CIRDIC (Churches in Reading Drop In Centre) and Bible Society

£937 each to J.A.C (just around the corner), Mothers’ Union Overseas Fund and Open Doors UK

£276 to Compassion (Sponsored child in Rwanda)

Below is a brief overview of each charity we support.  We would encourage you to look at their websites as there is so much more to learn (please click on the logos or the  links above).

The Parish of Finchampstead and California is proud to be a supporter of The Mityana Charity (Reg. Charity 1064825), a Christian charity dedicated to alleviating poverty and promoting education and the Christian faith in Mityana, Uganda – one of the poorest countries in the world.  Just some of the projects started by the charity so far have been to raise funds to start a primary school, the lease of a 500 acre farm where it is hoped to develop a self-sustaining unit that will pay the costs of the school, and possibly provide a clinic for the local community, providing mosquito nets, and digging boreholes to provide fresh clean water.
A drop-in-centre, established in 1990 because a group of local Christians wanted to respond to the needs of the homeless and clearly disadvantaged people in Reading. Originally the aim was to provide a welcoming place in which to offer food and clothing. Now, in response to growing needs, the Centre offers a wide range of support services such as meals, clean clothing, bath and shower facilities, listening time, access to healthcare services, and also holding sessions on such things as budgeting, cookery, and job seeking. They will always welcome visitors and of course volunteers.
  CMS was founded in London in 1799, one of their founders being William Wilberforce.  From their original commitment to such things as the abolition of the slave trade, and social reform at home they have become a worldwide network of people in mission. The mission of CMS is summed up as ‘Sharing Jesus, Changing Lives’ – achieved through three aims: making disciples, resourcing leaders, and transforming communities.
They have Mission partners worldwide as well as here in the UK, and following a vote by members of our congregation, we have decided to support Kailean and Kim Khongsai working for the Christian Environmental Charity A Rocha, in Southall, Hayes, Middlesex.
For updates on Kailean and Kim’s activities you can read their quarterly newsletters here.
Bible Society exists because millions lack the Bible in a language they can understand, in a form they can use or at a price they can afford. At the same time millions still have no understanding of the Bible’s value for them and their communities. Bible Society works to provide Bibles in medium that are relevant to their circumstances, such as translating into local languages, audio, signed etc.  Bible society works throughout the world to bring the good news of the Bible in their own language. During 2012 Bible Society had the unique opportunity to provide Bibles to the athletes in the Olympic Village’s religious services centre.
  With 4 million members working in 83 countries, Mothers’ Union is passionate about caring for families all around the world. Their work involves such things as community farming projects in Uganda, running workshops to raise awareness of health issues, income-generating projects in farming or craft production, and work to support families affected by HIV/AIDS, to parenting and marriage preparation courses, family support groups in prisons in the UK, and so much more.
Just Around the Corner (JAC) is a local Wokingham charity which was set up in 1998. It aims to give hope to young people in the community by showing love and acceptance according to Christian principles. It uses various therapies including equine-assisted therapy at its Rehoboth stables. It raises awareness of alcohol, drug, substance misuse and general well-being among young people and challenges their attitudes using Christian values and ethics. Click here to read more about what they do.
Open Doors has been supporting persecuted Christians for over sixty years through supplying Bibles, training, advocacy and other resources. Through their work, persecuted Christians in more than sixty countries know they are prayed for and not forgotten.

From time to time during the year we also support other charities, including Christian AidCIRDIC (Churches in Reading Drop In Centre) or Wokingham Food Bank or Crowthorne Food Bank (with groceries collected at our harvest services), Link To Hope (with shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts), a local Women’s Refuge (with toiletries), The Royal British Legion  (Poppy Appeal collection) and the The Children’s Society  (cash collections at our Christingle Services).


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