St James's Church, Hampton Hill

Charities and Links through the years

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Twenty-first century Britain is a very different place from Victorian Britain, but sadly the need to think of those less fortunate has not gone away and charitable giving is still at the heart of our parish outreach - an essential part of the good news our Christian faith encourages us to proclaim.

Before the advent of the Welfare State the giving of charity was one of the most important social functions of the church. At that time St James’s maintained several almshouses for the poor in the parish. It supported the Provident Club to encourage a habit of thrift in poorer parishioners, and the early vicars (indeed later ones too) gave generously out of their own pockets to support those in need.

Beyond the needs of the parish itself, our church has always contributed generously to the wider work of the Church. In the early years this was through the Home and Foreign Missions, together with other charities such as the NSPCC and the Waifs and Strays’ Society. St James's formed a Missionary Working Party, renamed the Parochial Working Party in 1923, to help the work of the church overseas by raising money for different projects. In the 1920s, the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (SPG), the Church Missionary Society, and the Colonial and Continental Church Society were the main societies supported.

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St Luke’s Mission Hospital

Later on, in the 1980s, through contacts with USPG ('U' stands for 'United') made by Hannah Stanton, a prominent member of the congregation, St James's became associated with St Luke's Mission Hospital, Milo, South West Tanzania (shown right), a long-standing link that continues today. Read the page St Luke's Mission Hospital, Milo. Then in 1998 our parish took an active interest in ALMA, a new partnership link between the Diocese of London and the Anglican Church in Angola and Mozambique. As well as supporting the general aims of ALMA and its Lent Appeals, St James's has helped churches in Teddington with their link parish of Santa Maria Madelena in Pemba (on the north-east coast of Mozambique).

The £2000 in 2000 appeal was launched in 1999 to welcome the new millennium by raising at least £2000 for a Christian Aid Health Education project in the Diocese of South West Tanganyika (in a district neighbouring the area served by St Luke's Hospital in Milo). The project was to provide clean water, sanitation and basic health facilities where very few existed at the time. Thanks to various fund raising events and some generous donations the appeal raised £10,000. This allowed the parish to give £9,000 to the Christian Aid project and £1,000 to St Luke's Hospital in Milo to build a hostel for visiting relatives. Read the article £2000 in Y2000.

St James's has never left its charitable giving to chance. Every year it continues to set aside several thousands of pounds in its budget for charitable grants, both in this country and abroad, particularly in Africa. A magazine article from 2009 What a difference we all make is a good summary of the ongoing work of the Charities and Links committee on behalf of the parish. Read the articles Charities and Links Donations and Charities and Links Activities.

Read the additional articles:
ALMA 'Partners in Mission' (2000 July)
Christian Aid Week (2003 May)
The Upper Room (2004 February)
Mission News (2006 June)
Tools Charity that offers Better Future (2011 March)
Spread a Little Happiness at Christmas (2011 December/2012 January)
How we helped schools in Africa (2014 October)
Our giving keeps going every year (2015 February)
Changing lives is within our power (2016 May)
A powerful force for world peace (2016 October)

The Charities & links page on the main site gives interesting and up-to-date information on this subject and the above information covers the period from when any records could be found until November 2016. This was when Revd Derek Winterburn became St James's tenth vicar and from this time onwards any new information can be found on the main site's page Mission through the years and all the news items can be found on the main site's page Year by year giving.

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