The people of St. Martin’s regard it as an integral
part of their Christian faith and duty to be aware of the needs of others,
especially those in poor, underdeveloped or disaster-struck countries which are
unable to help themselves.

The charity “Christian Aid” specifically works in such
countries, and looks to the Church in more affluent parts of the world for the

support and fundraising they need.

This year, St. Martin's annual appeal has raised £4,000.00 for Christian Aid.  This is in addition to two emergency appeals earlier in the year which had raised £300.00 for the Indonesian Tsunami Disaster Appeal and £500.00 for the Cyclone Idai Disaster Appeal.

Here you see Father Gorran, the Parish Priest, presenting the cheque to Mr. Steven Turnbull, who is the parish co-ordinator for the charity "Christian Aid".

Prior to Easter, during the season of Lent, we hold the first of our annual efforts for Christian Aid, through a Friday lunch held at The Vicarage. This consists of a frugal but ample meal of soup, rolls, butter, cheese, fruit and tea-or-coffee. The menu is meant to remind us that what would be considered a small meal in this country, would be a feast for many of the people we are trying to help. 

The lunch is provided free of charge by The Vicar, and those who attend it are invited to make a donation roughly equivalent to what they would have spent on their main meal that day. In 2019, the Lent Lunches raised £700.00 of our total money raised for Christian Aid.

Smartie Tube Collections - also during Lent

During Lent, The Vicar gives away a (free!) tube of Smarties to every member of the Church. 

People are asked to eat the Smarties, and then to bring the tube back filled with cash. 

1p and 20p pieces fit the tubes well - £1.00 coins fit the tubes even better! 

Best of all, some tubes are returned containing rolled-up notes or cheques.

In 2019, £510.19 of the total we raised for Christian Aid, came from the Smartie Tubes.

The Jumble Sale, which we hold each year on the last Saturday in April, is the next of our annual events held in aid of Christian Aid.
The 2019 sale raised £430.00 for Christian Aid, which was comprised of £400.00 on the day, and £30.00 the following week, from selling on our remaindered stock.

Every May, in Christian Aid Week, groups of people from St. Martin’s go from house to house in our parish, delivering Christian Aid envelopes through letter-boxes. A few days later, the same people return to collect the envelopes, hoping that they will have been filled with donations.

Two intrepid collectors on the house-to-house collection in May.

The house-to-house collection in May 2019 brought in £1,505.66 of the total funds we raised.

During the Sundays in May, St. Martin’s raises additional funds for Christian Aid, by having a retiring collection after each of the Church services. During the Sundays of May 2019, these retiring collections brought in a further £700.00 towards the total sum we raised.

The Vicar is shown here, receiving some of the Christian Aid envelopes.

A new activity for 2019 was our collections during Christian Aid week outside the Barton shops, which raised £154.15.  More than this, it raised awareness of the Christian Aid Appeal, with great support and encouragement from the general public.

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