Supporting a charity is important to our churches’ engagement with the community, locally, nationally and internationally.
For 2018, Smarden PCC have chosen Ashford Street Pastors as their nominated charity. The Street Pastors are a group of Christians who undergo training and then go out on the streets of Ashford on Friday nights. They stop and chat to people they meet, caring for those who need help, giving out bottles of water, flipflops and lollies, diffusing potentially difficult situations and offering a listening ear. The Street Pastors help to maintain a safe and peaceful atmosphere in the town centre. We have a team from Ashford Street Pastors coming to talk about their work on Sunday May 27th at the 9.15am service.
Smarden Church supports specific charities during Lent.
Biddenden Church supported Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) in 2017, and received a visit from Fiona Stevenson, one of their UK staff, who spoke about their inspirational work. MAF is an international charity which flies help to people in some of the remotest parts of the world. Fiona has now gone to work for MAF in Papua New Guinea, and Biddenden PCC decided that this year (2018) they would offer financial support to Fiona in her new role.
Both churches support the Apollos Trust providing support and funding for two Christian youth workers: Richard Dowling at Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre in Tenterden, and James Smith in The Marsh Academy.