Covenant with the Poor
Our Covenant with the Poor was first established at Pentecost 1998.
'We, the community of the Parish of St William, will seek to pursue a number of commitments in order to share in Christ's mission "to bring Good News to the poor", as we look forward to the Millennium and a celebration of 2,000 years since the birth of Christ. These commitments are a response to need and require that we give of our time and share our resources, in the spirit of the Jubilee, which in Biblical tradition, is a time of sharing and restoration. Our Covenant demands our prayer and will be reflected in the life of the Parish through worship and liturgical celebration.'
Our Covenant with the Poor is here.
A brief outline of charities we have supported this year is here.
Our Charitable Giving Guidelines are here.
The Parish sets aside 5% of offertory income or £5,000, whichever is the greater, to meet needs related to poverty. Parishioners are encouraged to propose charities, in line with our charitable giving guidelines, to receive funding from the 5%.
Annually at a Parish Meeting.
The distribution of the 5%/£5,000 is also decided upon.
Annually on World Day of the Poor (since 2017).
Grace Food Bank
St William's Lunch Club
Hallam Caring Service
St Wilfrid's Centre
Church Action on Poverty
Hallam Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission
Friends of the Holy Land
Christmas Shoebox Scheme