St. Mary’s Shephall Church supports The Children’s Society, a Christian charity to work with both young and older children especially working with teenagers and their families. There are parish boxes available to collect your small change and will be emptied annually or when full. St. Mary’s – Shephall also supports through our Christingle Service held around Christmas time where small candle holders are given out at the beginning of advent and collected during the Christingle service, again collecting small change. To find out more about the Children’s Society go to their web page: http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/
The Women’s Resource Centre, Stevenage is based within our parish at the Hyde. The centre offers one-to-one support, counselling, domestic abuse support and information, family law sessions and courses. To find out more about the Centre and the services they provide go to their web page: http://www.hertswomenscentre.org.uk/index.html.
We are collecting donations of dry goods, tins and store cupboard staples which we are passing to the Women’s Resource Centre for distribution; any contributions can be left in church.
FROM STONES TO WATER is a local run project started by Daphne Brown in 1999 to help villagers in desperate need in two African countries where there is no water supply. To date the project has raised enough money to supply 41 boreholes and where possible Daphne has visited the villages in person to see how life was before and after the water supply was installed. An added bonus is that the villagers are able to use the water supply to irrigate crops, which in turn can be sold to pay for the children’s education, as well as providing a nutritious food supply. For more information see: http://www.fromstonestowater.co.uk/
Bridge Builders is a Stevenage based charity whose vision is that every child within our community will have opportunities to explore the values of the Christian faith. The trust works with primary schools to provide assemblies and materials for class work. The trust also provides mentoring and counselling services for individual children. For more information see: http://www.bridgebuilderstrust.org.uk/.