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Mission & Charitable Links

Community Fridge

The Community Fridges were set up primarily to prevent food waste.  All the food is surplus and comes mainly from local supermarkets. They have previously been distributing locally from the former Youth Centre in Bookham for nearly 2 years, but from January 2022 there will be other separate premises in the local area where you will be able to come along and help yourself to surplus bread, fruit and veg and other goodies from local supermarkets:

Bookham Baptist Church on Lower Road:
     Saturday from 10.30 to 12.00
     Wednesday and Friday from 11.30 to 12.30

St Marys Church in Fetcham:
     Monday from 10.00 to 11.00

Please continue to support us at one or other of our new bases.  If you need to contact us please call The Meeting Place on 07425 133431

Foodbank

We have, for many years, collected food donations for the local Foodbank.  We then take then take items to our local Foodbank at the Leatherhead Community Centre. We regularly update our Bulletin with news received from the Epsom & Ewell Foodbank team and share their wish list of foods required to keep their stock levels up and meet the needs of their clients. If you wish to donate via St Mary’s please drop off using the big green box outside the Church Hall – 10A The Ridgeway, Fetcham, KT22 9AZ. You can also donate in store at Tesco, Leatherhead.

If you would like to see what’s on the wish list, donate money directly
or find out more please visit the Epsom & Ewell Foodbank

CAP – Free Debt Counselling

Christians Against Poverty is a national debt counselling charity working through a network of centres based in local churches. CAP offers hope and a solution to anyone in debt through its unique, in-depth Debt Help service. CAP aims to show God’s love in action by providing sustainable poverty relief through debt counselling, advice and practical help. CAP’s unique ‘hands on’ approach empowers people to help themselves out of poverty and be released from the fear, oppression and worry generated by overwhelming debts.

The charity is a fast-paced, growing organisation whose vision is to answer the national problem of debt in the UK by having at least one CAP Debt Centre operating in every major town and city.  A number of churches across Mole Valley have partnered with CAP to offer debt counselling in Mole Valley. The service we offer is completely free. Visit the CAP website to find out more about our services. If you are struggling with debt call 0800 328 0006 to book an appointment with Mole Valley Debt Centre.

Prayer is vital to the work of CAP and prayer meetings take place on the second and third Monday evenings of each month in Bookham and Dorking respectively.  This is a good time to find out about what is happening locally and nationally and to pray for Jennie (the Centre Manager), Richard (the debt coach), the volunteers, the clients, the steering group and staff at Head Office in Bradford, who do an amazing job.

The Meeting Room

The Meeting Room is a registered charity operating in the Mole Valley and Epsom areas. Our focus is to provide meaningful support to those with a wide variety of issues including homelessness, poverty, physical or mental health difficulties, breakdown of relationships, social exclusion and loneliness and issues with alcohol or drugs.  We run lunchtime drop-in centres 3 days per week at Leatherhead Football Club, Ashtead Baptist Church and The King’s Church in Epsom.  We also organise activities such as walks and table tennis, as well as our annual Christmas Day lunch in Fetcham Village Hall.  The Meeting Room is strongly supported by and connected to St Mary’s Church in many different ways.  For more information, please visit our website : https://www.themeetingroom.org.uk/

AMADET

Link with the Church Mission Society and Nairobi’s Informal Settlements

St Mary’s has been supporting the Church Mission Society (CMS) for more than 20 years. This was originally supporting mission partners, Colin & Anita Smith for their 14 years of mission work in Nairobi. Colin was working in Nairobi’s slums and Anita predominantly at All Saints Cathedral and with the ex-pat community.

Colin and Anita returned to continue their ministries in England in 2013, with Colin now Director of Mission Training at CMS headquarters in Oxford and Anita is vicar of a small church in Banbury.

During the 14 years Colin & Anita were in Nairobi, St Mary’s built up a close relationship with those Colin was working with in the informal settlements, particularly a small parish in the largest slum, Kibera, called St. Jerome. Whilst there, Colin set up and directed Centre for Urban Mission (CUM), which set up training and support for urban ministry, working to set up some formal training for pastors in the slums and also introducing the idea of holistic ministry, trying to improve the lives of those living in the slums, by economic empowerment, supporting HIV sufferers, setting up apprenticeship schemes for teenagers, and homework clubs, where children could have access each evening to school books and electric lighting and teaching support; education is highly valued and seen as the way to escape slum life, so the homework clubs have been a huge success.

Since Colin & Anita left Nairobi, we at St. Mary’s have continued to support this absolutely vital ministry at CUM and we are the main financial supporter of CUM’s Samaritan Strategy. We are able to ensure that every single penny raised goes directly to CUM, through an English charity AMADET.

At St. Mary’s we run a monthly home-made stall, on the first Sunday of every month, (except for January and August) and for the last two years we have raised £1,500; this goes solely towards the homework clubs and the training of apprentices. Additionally, a monthly second-hand book stall raises more money to buy books for the homework clubs. We also run fund raisers from time to time, such as a harvest dinner, or a singsong. Do come along to the hall on the first Sunday morning of the month to see. We will be very glad to receive any home-made contributions, such as cakes, jams, marmalade, greetings cards, garden produce, knitted and embroidered crafts and don’t forget your wallets!

Fairtrade

St Mary’s is a Fairtrade Church. This means that the congregation support the principle of Fairtrade and that we are committed to serve Fairtrade coffee, tea & sugar when refreshments are offered after services or by Church groups.

Although we no longer have a Fairtrade Stall,  there will still be opportunities for buying certain Fairtrade goods, for example, the popular range of Christmas cards will be available to browse and order before Christmas.  We shall still highlight Fairtrade Fortnight at St Marys. 

Thank you for your support over many years.