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Fundraising in 2024

St Matthew's will be supporting the following charities throughout 2024. Others will be supported as appropriate. Find out more about these charities below.


2024 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


May 12 - 18 2024 Christian Aid Week Christian Aid  
Sat 6 July 2024 Summer Fete The Church
Sat 14 September 2024 Ride & Stride Historic Churches Trust  
Fri 6 December 2024 Christmas Fayre The Church
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. 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


Celebrating 125 Years



Events celebrating the 125th birthday year of St Matthew's.


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 2022


Read about the fundraising that took place in Christian Aid Week 2022.


Summer Fete 2023


Read about the Summer Fete held on the 1 July 2023.



Historic Churches Trust Ride+Stride



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



Christmas Fayre 2023



Read about this year's Christmas Fayre.



Carol Singing in the Community



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


Project 16:15

Until October 2017 Northampton had no daily street level service provision for its rough sleepers. There were weekend soup kitchens, evening and afternoon drop-ins at local churches and at the Hope Centre. But then one man had the vision to reach out to the homeless in our community where they were, and Project 16:15 was born. Instead of setting up in a particular location and inviting the homeless to come along, his mission was to go to the homeless people to show that each person has worth, worthy enough for someone to meet them where they are, serve them a cooked breakfast every single morning, and offer a sense of security, an ear to listen to them, a shoulder to cry on and give them a sense of purpose. Project 16:15 is an organisation structured for the purpose of bringing value and worth to all within our community who, regardless of social status, gender, sexuality, religion, situation or circumstance have found themselves trapped in a cycle of poverty, depression, addiction, anxiety, and shame. And through situations, regardless of choice, have lost sight of their own self-respect and self-worth.

Since its inception there have been changes in the way the local authorities deal with homelessness, a growth of understanding and support for the Hope Centre, and a change in attitude from public and media. Rough sleepers are now believing in their own worth, being enabled to engage with other services and to get off the streets. And for those who for so long had accepted a life without purpose, being enabled to see purpose again.

There is a moment when another parent's son or daughter, another child's mother or father fades away from sight, lost to isolation and loneliness, fear and depression, and ending up as yet another life on the streets, where prostitution, abuse and drug dependency can become the norm. Project 16:15 demonstrates, through kindness, genuine compassion and practical examples lived out, that there is hope, that there is purpose, for everyone. More details about their work can be found here.



785 million people in the world - one in ten - do not have clean water
785 million people in the world - one in ten - do not have clean water close to home

Some of the world's poorest and most marginalised people do not have clean water to drink, decent toilets or hygiene. Without these basics, overcoming poverty is just a dream.

Children have to walk long distances to collect and drink dirty water. WaterAid has teams in 28 countries across the world, working with their partners to transform millions of lives every year by improving access to clean water, toilets and hygiene. Since 1981, over 27 million people have been provided with clean water. WaterAid has become one of the most respected organisations dealing solely with water, sanitation and hygiene issues. But there is still much to be done.

WaterAid convinces governments to change laws, it links policy makers with people on the ground, it pools knowledge and resources and rallies support from people and organisations around the world, making lasting change happen on a massive scale. More details about their work can be found here.


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.

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.

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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