Elvet Methodist Church supports a different project each year, alternating between local projects, and overseas projects. The charities supported by Elvet in previous years are mentioned below.
The chosen charity for year beginning Sept.2019 was Mary's Meals.
Mary’s Meals provides life-changing meals to some of the world’s poorest children every school day.
They are a no-frills charity with a simple idea that works: by providing one good meal in a place of learning, children are drawn into the classroom where they can receive an education that could one day free them from poverty.
Mary’s Meals is named after Mary, the mother of Jesus, who brought up her own child in poverty. We consist of, respect and reach out to people of all faiths and of none.
Our vision is that every child receives one daily meal in their place of education. Working together, we believe that can be achieved in this world of plenty.
These life-changing meals attract hungry children into the classroom. The food fills their empty bellies so they have the energy and opportunity to learn, giving them the chance of a brighter future. The meals also support families struggling to feed their children while boosting the country’s wider economy.
Our school feeding programmes are owned and run by community volunteers in the countries where we provide food. For example, there are over 80,000 volunteers in Malawi who take turns to prepare, cook and serve the daily meal in each school.
School feeding committees – made up of parents, teachers and volunteers – are crucial to our work and one of the first things to be established in any new area receiving Mary’s Meals.
Our monitors work closely with these committees. They regularly visit schools to ensure the precious ingredients we provide are cooked and served correctly and to offer training and encouragement to the community volunteers.
Wherever possible, we serve locally produced food. This supports the local community and its farmers as well as the wider economy.
Research has proven that school feeding has a range of positive impacts, since children who are not suffering from hunger are able to make the most of their education.
Around 64 million of the world’s hungriest children do not attend school.
In order to survive, they have to work or beg.
Even if they do make it into the classroom, hunger affects their ability to learn.
The church project from September 2018 to August 2019 is to help Elvet United Against Dementia
The church project from September 2017 to August 2018 is to help Global Care's work in Guatemala.
The church project from September 2016 to August 2017 was to help purchase a van for St Cuthbert’s Hospice
The church project from September 2015 to August 2016 was to help the Grace Haven Orphanage, Myanmar
The church project from September 2014 to August 2015 was to help the South Tyneside Churches KEY Project
The church project from September 2013 to August 2014 was to help the Kwagala Trust
From September 2012 to August 2013 was to help Durham Youth for Christ with their Mentoring Scheme
From September 2011 to August 2012 was to help New Hope In Cambodia in Cambodia with Global Care
From September 2010 to August 2011 we helped asylum seekers in the Tees Valley area through Justice First.
From September 2009 to August 2010 we supported The Kwagala Trust. The previous year we supported Beverley School (a Specialist school for children and young people with autism) and the year before street children in Cambodia, supporting work done by Global Care.
We also support charities with a retiring collection after our communion services.