Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Mission Support

During the year we gave grant support to the following charitable organisations direct from church funds: Church Urban Fund; Papyrus; Prison Fellowship and Get Warrington Talking. We are also giving financial support to Christ Church, an adjacent parish to ours.

In addition the following funds were raised directly for the following.
The Christian Aid the door to door collection raised £660
Samaritan’s Purse was supported through the donation of filled shoes boxes for Operation Christmas Child brought to our “Toy Service” in December.
SureStart was supported through the donation of wrapped gifts given at the Christmas “Toy Service” and taken to SureStart, Halton where the charity distributed them to their local family centres.
The Children’s Society is supported with donations from our Christingle service. This amounted to £840.52 from our 2022 service and from carol singing at the local pubs.
MacMillan Cancer Fund – a coffee morning was held to raise funds

Fairtrade Foundation
All Saints’ is a fully registered Fairtrade church (our Fairtrade status was renewed in July 2020) and Fairtrade tea and coffee is used whenever refreshments are served. We hold a Fairtrade stall in church after the services every 1st and 3rd Sunday as well as on other ad hoc occasions, including at Thelwall’s annual Rose Queen Festival.
The popular All Saints’ Wine Tasting event in May 2022 again featured Fairtrade wines and we hold a very well supported Fairtrade Coffee Morning during Fairtrade Fortnight each year, drawing in around 70 people and raising funds for Transform Trade. Three church members are dedicated volunteers at Warrington’s own Fairtrade shop, Fair 4 All.

Ecumenical relationships
All Saints is a member of Lymm and District Churches Together (LDCT).
We hold around 7/8 meetings a year. Last year we held our service at the Cross on Good Friday. We had our annual early rise at the Dam on Easter Sunday followed by bacon sandwiches at the Sanctuary Café. We had a Songs of Praise outside the Sanctuary Café during the Lymm Festival. In September we had Hugh Osgood to speak at the Lymm Community Centre. Each year we have our breakfast during the week of Christian Unity.

The Sanctuary Café is a Community Interest Company that began as an idea developed by CTLD and is supported by them. The café is really busy at present with lots of people coming for breakfasts/lunches/cake and our wonderful drinks. We have a great group of young people helping on a Saturday. We also have four youngsters coming for an hour each week to do their Duke of Edinburgh award. We have a great book shop selling books, gifts and lots of cards. Please come along and visit us.