Social Activities


Thursday 'Pop Up' Art Cafe


Every Thursday 10am to 1pm in the Church Hall. Come in for a chat, meet the artists, have a drink, read the newspaper , do a puzzle, knit or have a good doodle! There are no formal classes yet but if you are a "lapsed" artist do bring in your brushes and be inspired. In the future it can be arranged for some workshops with Ann Harris or other tutors. But do drop by for some fun!!


Meditation group


Our friendly, informal meditation group meet regularly, see the newsletter for dates.


Charity Support


As a church we believe we have a role to play in supporting the many charities that undertake invaluable work to make this world a better place. Each year we chose two charities to support both in terms of raising money and their profile. These are some of the charities we've supported over the past few years. Over the coming year we will be holding various fundraising activities, as well as promoting their life-saving activities.
C.H.A.N.C.E for Nepal www.chancefornepal.org/
C.H.A.N.C.E.

C.H.A.N.C.E for Nepal (Children's Health and Nutrition Care and Education) is a registered charity founded by Barbara Datson in 2006 with the explicit aim of helping children in Nepal who are sick, orphaned, handicapped, or underprivileged. Their mission is to improve children's health, education and wellbeing by promoting and sponsoring high quality medical care in hospitals, orphanages and schools. They accomplish this through a unique collaboration between medical professionals and organisations committed to improving children's health.Their medical support in Nepal mainly focuses on primary health care believing that prevention should be concurrent with acute care. The medical checks in the orphanages and schools are targeted at identification, detection and treatment.
C.H.A.N.C.E for Nepal works closely with two outstanding organizations: Medical Checks for Children, a Dutch based charity which regularly sends teams of highly trained and motivated volunteers to Nepal, and Shenpen, a Nepalese charity dedicated to the alleviation of poverty.
In addition, C.H.A.N.C.E sponsors educational programmes at three schools in Kathmandu. Many children who have been abandoned or their family circumstances are such that they are safer in a boarding environment have benefited from this sponsorship. The charity are therefore constantly looking for sponsors to give a child the chance of a full time education, which in Nepal is a privilege!


Human Values Foundation (HVF) www.humanvaluesfoundation.com
HVG

The Human Values Foundation (HVF) is the publisher and promoter of values-based educational programmes. It was formed in 1995 to encourage, promote and develop human values among young people through its educational programmes, publications, exhibitions, conferences and staff exploration sessions. The HVF is a non-denominational and independent body, which does not represent or work on behalf of any particular religion or spiritual interest. It is a registered charity and a private company, limited by guarantee. The HVF enjoys close links with national education bodies in the UK.
Their vision is that young people among all sections of the community, both in the UK and also overseas, will imbibe and practise human values so as to become responsible, happy, fulfilled members of society and aspire to human excellence. Their mission is to develop, promote and encourage an uplifting education process, especially among young people, teachers and those who look after children. We provide universal resources that foster lasting, life enriching values, which contribute to an integrated, ethical, moral, emotional, social and spiritual education.

Previous Charities supported

Mary How Trust www.maryhowtrust.org


Following Mary How's death from bowel cancer in 1987, the Mary How Trust was formed by her husband and her GP in order to make health screening available to as many people as possible, regardless of their ability to pay.
The charity undertakes some 1850 screenings each year and receives no funding from the NHS. The Trust is based in West Sussex, with a clinic and a charity shop in Pulborough, as well as a mobile screening unit. People do not have to live in West Sussex to book an appointment - everyone is welcome.
In 2005, readers of the West Sussex County Times voted the Mary How Trust the most outstanding charity in the South Downs area.


Practical Action www.practicalaction.org.uk

Practical Action has been working at a development charity for the last 40 years. Their unique approach to development means they don't start with technology, but with people. The tools may be simple or sophisticated - but to provide long-term, appropriate and practical answers, they must befirmlyin the hands of local people: people who shape technology and control it for themselves.
Above all else, the transition from poverty to prosperity must involve investing in people. Practical Action seeks solutions that are defined and owned by each individual community. In eastern Sudan, for example, they established Women's Development Associations, which have helped equip women with skills, training and access to financial services, to enhance their earning opportunities and overall quality of life. Improved negotiating skills means the women are reaching economic independence and have improved access to services.
Their simple, innovative ideas to help people change their lives for the better. In Peru, they worked with poor communities to introduce micro-hydro electric systems. With a sustainable electricity supply, people can now use machinery and communication devices to increase their productivity and improve the quality of their lives. Children now have light to study by without damaging their eyes, while teachers and other professional people are less likely to move away from the villages. These award-winning micro-hydro electric systems can transform lives now and for generations to come.