Faith in Action from The Message Bible. James 2 v 14-17.
14-17Dear friends, do you think you'll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, "Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!" and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn't it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?
A challenge to us all,...... there is always something we can do.
All our communion collections go towards selected charities and good causes.
Our congregations support a number of charities and good causes such as:-
Action for Children - Can you help? We are looking for more home collection box holders. Collect your small change each year. The total collected in the Home Collection boxes for 2014 was £83.39 plus £25.10 from a Communion Offering, (2012 was £169), please see the letter of thanks from Andrew Harris, Director of Fundraising, in the coffee room.
Bible Society. Our 2014 service on 16th November raised £114.40. November Communion Offering amounted to £20.45.
Willow Trust - We had a loveley letter from the Trust Adminstrator thanking us all for a, 'very appreciated donation of £84 from the congregation of the URC...We are receiving many requests from groups of disabled adults and children to spend a day on our boats this year and your kindness to us is what helps to make it possible'.
Amnesty International - concerts held in our church.
Gloucester City Mission - Christmas appeal for hampers for the homeless and needy.
Macmillan Cancer Support
Shelter - Our 2014 Christmas Day offering and proceeds from the Christmas Card Tree raised £179.49.
Gloucester Young Carers - 2013 Christmas Card Collection
Christian Aid - Supported by our street collections, carol singing at Christmas, etc
The URC Commitment for Life
Gloucester Food Bank - Donations forwarded from our Harvest Service.
We still collect the following for charities such as Save the Children, CLIC, Third World, Cancer Research etc:-
Used stamps. Please leave at least 2cm (1 inch) of the envelope around the stamp.
Oddments of knitting wool.