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Fundraising in 2019

St Matthew's will be supporting the following charities throughout 2019. Others will be supported as appropriate. Find out more about these charities below.


2019 Events

Whilst the table of events below has been planned and facilities booked, there will be other smaller events and projects added, so please check back for further details. Posters in PDF format (if available) giving more details about individual events can be found to the right of the listed event. We look forward to you joining us.

Date  Event  In Aid of


12 – 18 May 2019 Christian Aid Week Christian Aid  
Saturday 29 June 2019 Summer Fete  
Saturday 14 September 2019 Ride & Stride Historic Churches Trust
Friday 6 December 2019 Christmas Fayre    
Autumn Shoe Boxes Link to Hope  
November Parish Christmas Card Scheme The Church
All Year Food and Toiletries Collections Northampton Hope Centre


St Matthew’s Fundraising Policy

The Community & Mission Ministry is responsible for developing mission at St Matthew’s both by raising funds to supplement the Church’s income and also to donate to our adopted charities and others as appropriate

In October of each year the congregation will be invited to nominate one home charity and one overseas charity from which the PCC will vote to select the adopted charities for the following year at their November meeting

Our Lent boxes and Midnight Mass offering would be donated to our chosen charities as would selected events throughout the year

In concentrating on our two charities we limit other giving by the church to The Hope Centre, Christian Aid, the Christingle Appeal for the Children’s Society and the Romanian shoe box appeal. However, we also consider as appropriate national and international disasters

This policy will be subject to review every September

This policy was adopted by the PCC in September 2009


St Matthew's Parish Centre


Find information about the Parish Centre and the facilities that are available for hire.



St Matthew's Ladies Group



Read about St Matthew's Ladies Group.






Christian Aid Week 2019


Read about the fundraising the took place in Christian Aid Week 2019.


Summer Fete 2019


Read about the Summer Fete held on the 14 July 2019.


A Marathon effort for church funds


Read about our Parish Administrator, Kate Arch's, fundraising efforts



Historic Churches Trust Ride+Stride



Read about St Matthew's involvement with Ride+Stride.



Christmas Fayre



Read about this year's Christmas Fayre.



Carol Singing in the Community



Read the latest news article report about Carol Singing in the Community


Barnabas Fund

The overseas charity which we are supporting is an international, interdenominational Christian aid agency which supports Christians who face discrimination or persecution as a consequence of their faith. Barnabas Fund was established in 1993 and channels aid to projects run by national Christians in more than 50 countries. Their main ministry is to send financial support to projects which help Christians where they suffer discrimination, oppression and persecution fas a consequence of their faith. The projects aim to strengthen Christian individuals, churches and their communities by providing material and spiritual support in response to needs identified by local Christian leaders. The Charity seeks to encourage and facilitate prayer by providing prayer information, prayer requests and resources in many different forms and formats. To raise awareness, Barnabas Fund makes known the plight of the persecuted Church, particularly in the Muslim world, by a wide variety of means, in order to educate Christians and others about the current situation and needs as well as the background and causal factors. To contest injustice, when requested by Christians in the contexts concerned, the Charity engages in speaking on their behalf. This can be by public petitions and letter-writing campaigns or discreet contacts behind the scenes. More information about their work can be obtained here.

Action Deafness

The local charity which we are supporting offers a diverse range of services to Deaf, hard of hearing, deafened, deafblind and hearing people throughout the UK. Action Deafness aims to improve quality of life by promoting independence and equality of opportunity for deaf, deafened, deafblind and Hard of Hearing (D/deaf) people. The Charity aims to do this by promoting effective communication and improving access to services, by increasing the status and participation of D/deaf people from diverse backgrounds, and by providing specialist support, learning and community services. Based in Leicester, Action Deafness provides services across the UK including Community Support Services, Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Services, Advocacy, Interpreting Services and much more. More information about their work can be obtained here.

Northampton Hope Centre

From its 1974 roots as the Northampton Soup Kitchen this Christian charity works directly with the homeless and underprivileged community in Northampton and the surrounding area, its principal aim being to help people progress and hopefully re-integrate into mainstream society. Its client base now totals around 1500 people aged 18 to 80. These people need help for many reasons – some have alcohol and drug problems, others have suffered family breakdowns and have nowhere to turn, some are elderly or have mental health issues and are unable to cope, some sleep on the streets and most have been homeless at some time in their lives. But in also helping them to ‘move on’ with their lives through a programme of education, training and development, this builds their self-esteem and enables them to take on responsibility, hopefully leading to employment and/or community volunteering. The Hope Centre tries to give everybody a ‘hand-up’ as well as a ‘hand-out’. A small team of 10 people, 6 full- and 4 part-time, along with 70 or so dedicated volunteers, support up to 100 homeless/underprivileged clients every day. More information on their work can be obtained here. St Matthew’s worshippers bring donations of toiletries and non-perishable foods to church on the first Sunday of every month, which are then delivered by a rota of volunteer drivers; in December we donate money instead, towards providing a Christmas meal for the Hope Centre clients.

Link to Hope

In response to the devastating television pictures in 1991 showing appalling conditions in the orphanages in Romania, a group of volunteers from Worthing hired a truck, loaded it with aid and drove to Romania. Nicolae Ceauşescu’s brutal regime had left the country impoverished and reeling from the effects of the totalitarian police state. The Christian organization Link Romania was established to help the poorest and most marginalized of Romania’s people, rebuilding lives and communities. After 21 years as Link Romania the charity has decided to change its name due to the highly increased project and support work it does in other European countries such as Moldova, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Albania, and of course Romania still. More information on its work can be obtained here. St Matthew’s worshippers respond every autumn to the Shoebox Appeal, filling shoeboxes with gifts for all members of a family; this year an elderly person shoebox has been introduced. They are distributed to people who often have to make a choice between buying food or fuel at Christmas – buying presents is just not a priority for them.

Christian Aid

Christian Aid works worldwide to eradicate the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. Its work overseas is based on co-operation and partnership with local churches, ecumenical bodies, NGOs and movements who have common values and competence in poverty eradication. Christian Aid Week dates from 1957, and over the years its profile has brought about real and practical change. More information on their work can be obtained here. For the 2012 Christian Aid Week in May, St Matthew’s held various events, including a coffee morning, a breakfast, street collections and distributed a quiz to raise money for the charity.

Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust

The Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust was founded in 1955 with the object of raising funds to make grants to churches in Northamptonshire of all denominations for their ''preservation, repair and maintenance, improvement, upkeep, beautification and reconstruction".

The Trust's funds are raised by donations, subscriptions from friends, and the proceeds of the sponsored Ride+Stride, which has been an annual event across most of the country since it began in Suffolk in 1981. It takes place on the second Saturday in September every year. Sponsored individuals and groups ride their bikes or walk between churches to raise money, visiting some historic gems and being sustained by biscuits and refreshments along the way. Funds raised are divided equally between the Trust and the riders/walkers’ own choice of church. In 2016 the Trust was able to make grants of £11,000 and pledges to make grants of £44,500 – £55,500 in total. Without the monies raised through the annual Ride+Stride, this would not be possible.

St Matthew’s takes part every year in the Ride+Stride event, both by being open to visiting ‘Riders+Striders’ and also by organizing a band of walkers (and the odd cyclist) to raise funds. We choose our own route, fitting in as many churches on the list of those open as we can reasonably do.

St Matthew’s has benefitted in recent years with grants from NHCT, including one of £10,000 in 2012 – the largest grant ever awarded – for major repair works to our stonework. You can read about the work undertaken on our ‘Caring For Our Heritage’ page, with photographs in the ‘Caring For Our Heritage Gallery’ page.

Further details of the Trust’s work can be found here.



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