Outreach & Pastoral CareOutward Giving

Charity Support

St Paul's has an Outward Giving Committee responsible for the distribution this church's charity support both in the UK and overseas, on behalf of the PCC and congregation.

Each year the committee sets a target of money to be raised in order to help a range of charities, with money being raised through the sale of teas and coffees on Saturday mornings and an annual Christmas Charities Fair in November.

The charities which receive aid include the Prebend St. Day Centre in Bedford, Friends for Life (www.friendsforlifebedford.org.uk) , Bedfordshire Refugee and Asylum Support (www.brassbedford.org.uk), Action Around Bethlehem Children with Disabilities (www.abcdbethlehem.org) and the Swaziland Schools Project (www.swazilandschoolsprojects.org). Please click on the links for details of each of the charity's work.

Christmas Tree Festival

This joint project between St Paul’s and the Bedford Hospitals Charity has grown since its beginning in 2001. Some 70 Christmas trees are set up in the North and South aisles. They are decorated by local groups, schools, charities etc. Refreshments are available during the Festival. Each day there are two or three carol concerts from local school children and on the Saturday evening a full concert.

The Christmas Tree Festival this year will be held between Wednesday 30 November - Sunday 4 December.

Markets

The church holds regular fund raising markets in May and September. A Christmas Charities Market is held in November to help raise funds to give away to missionary and relief work, both at home and abroad.

Special Appeals

The congregation takes an active part in contributing towards the Bishop’s annual Harvest for the Hungry appeal. Special collections are also taken for national and international disasters. Christian Aid envelopes are distributed and collected within the parish by congregation members and the annual Christingle Service raises money for the Children’s Society.