Meridian Money Advice
Meridian Money Advice gives advice and practical help to people with debt problems. It was set up in the early 1990s as a response to Faith in the City � a report commissioned by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, which identified debt as a key factor in inner city poverty.
Several church members have served as trustees and the church provides its premises (at the northern end of the church hall) rent free. Funding for its staff and running costs comes from a mix of grants from the public sector and charitable trusts.
Two decades on, the demand for its services is undiminished and outstrips the resources available. The church will continue to support Meridian Money Advice as it provides this vital service for the local community.
St Alfege with St Peter�s Church of England Primary School, Creek Road, SE10 9RB
Headteacher: Matthew Bulpitt. School Business Manager: Mrs M G Hill.
St Monica�s Primary School, Zanzibar, Tanzania
St Alfege Church has had a close connection with this Christian school in Stone Town on the island of Zanzibar since 2006. Then St Monica's School had three nursery and two primary classes. The dream of the parents, head and staff of the school was to provide continuing education in a Christian environment for the children until the end of primary. Currently the school has 250 children and is well on its way to achieving this goal. Members of St Alfege Church have supported St Monica's by sharing letters and photographs, by raising money which has helped to fund a teacher's salary each year, to buy a school bus, to make repairs to the school roof, to paint the building and for playground equipment, by visiting the school and helping in the nursery and by remembering the school community in their prayers.
St Alfege Church congregation helps the 999 Club on Deptford Broadway. The 999 is a drop-in that provides support, company, refreshments and warmth for people living rough or with insecure lifestyles. During the coldest months the 999 provides a night shelter for up to 25 homeless people. Congregation members give year-round support by making donations of bedding, clothing and food, and by helping out. They also provide hot, home-cooked meals for the 999 night shelter from December to March. To help or donate to these projects, contact St Alfege. To find out more about the 999 Club, go to www.999club.org
Christian Aid benefits from our annual Cake Sunday at the opening of Christian Aid Week. We regularly raise around �2,000 during the week. In addition, the St Alfege-Christian Aid Partnership is currently raising �5,000 for a clean water project that aims to help 27,000 people in Sierra Leone. This will earn match-funding from the European Union to total �20,000. To give to the partnership fund, visit the Just Giving page or contact Sally Hughes at St Alfege. To find out more about Christian Aid, go to www.christianaid.org.uk
Queen Elizabeth College
This is set of almshouses (Drapers Foundation) opposite Greenwich railway station. A group of church members take it in turns to lead a short morning service in the very pretty chapel there every Sunday at 11.15am. New volunteers to the rota are most welcome and training is given. For further information contact our SPA, Carole Moses (see Contact Us). The Church also has close links with Trinity Hospital (Mercers Company) in Old Woolwich Road.
Old Royal Naval College Chapel
This is part of the Greenwich Foundation with its own chaplain, congregation and excellent choir. Its main service is a Sung Eucharist (1662) at 11am. The Chaplain is Revd Patricia Mann. We hold a joint course of Lent talks each year and occasional joint services for mid-week festivals such as Ash Wednesday and Ascension Day. Visit their website to find out more.
The Greenwich Charity
The Greenwich Charity is an amalgamation of a number of local charities. Its object is to help people resident in the area of the Ancient Parish of Greenwich who are in need, hardship or distress by making grants or providing items, services or facilities. In the year ended 31 March 2011, the charity made grants totalling 6,500 to individuals and organisations. The Charity of Charles Soames, which shares the same trustees, makes grants to help meet the needs of people resident in the area of the former Metropolitan Borough of Greenwich who are sick or have disabilities.
The Vicar of St Alfege is a trustee ex officio of both charities and enquiries regarding possible assistance may be made through him.
The Greenwich Charities of William Hatcliffe and the Misses Smith.