Churches give over £10,000 to good causes

Thanks to the generous giving of church members in Peasedown St John, Wellow, Foxcote and Shoscombe, the three ‘St J’s Group’ parishes have given away more £10,000 this year to local, national and international causes. St John’s Church in Peasedown has adopted the biblical principle of giving away the first 10% of its income each year in a bid to practice what it preaches. This year £8,000 was set aside for the church’s Tithing Committee to make decisions about where the money should go. In the past 12 months the committee has received applications for funding and financial assistance from a range of organisations.

Church Leader, Revd Matthew Street said;

“This year we have been able to support international projects such as Flame International and People Against Poverty – an organisation that works with grassroots projects around the world to alleviate poverty. St John’s is part of the child sponsorship scheme where we support families in Romania and Tanzania – enabling children to go to school and have opportunities they wouldn’t have otherwise. The oversees projects we support often have a personal link for our church so we can receive regular feedback on how our donations are being spent.

We are also extremely pleased to be supporting local initiatives such as the Timsbury-based charityBibles for Children, the Midsomer Norton Street Pastors and Somer Valley Foodbank– an essential project that supports local people in food crisis.”

Meanwhile, St Julian’s Church in Wellow, and the united parish of St Julian’s Shoscombe and St James’ Foxcote, have given £2,200 away between them to a number of charities, including:

  • Mercy Ships
  • Water Aid
  • Send a Cow
  • Julian House

Revd Street added;

“All of my churches feel extremely blessed to be in a position to donate this money each year.

As we move further into a culture of collaborative working, with grassroots organisations running services, the church can play an increasingly key role in supporting projects which in the past would have received their support from elsewhere.”

For more information about Mission and Outreach giving in the St J’s Group contact the benefice administrator Rob Bubyer on 01761 300410 or email

Alternatively, visit the website for the St J’s Group,, which includes details of future events, the church’s work in the community, activities going on during the week and live recordings of Sunday sermons.