St Alfege Church in the community
Superkidz Christmas Challenge 27 November to 4 December 2018 - Open now
is a charity based at St Saviour, Eltham. It runs programmes for children and young people living on the local estates who face severe challenges of poor educational achievement, lack of employment opportunities and social pressures to join local gang culture with all the accompanying dangers of drug use, street violence and knife and gun crime. Our Christmas Challenge this year aims to support disadvantaged children and young people by providing Christmas activities and presents for the children, and paid sessional work for the older youngsters to enable them to grow in self-esteem and to earn enough for a more comfortable Christmas. This year the fundraising for these is being matched by local sponsors and by The Childhood Trust through The Big Give Christmas Challenge - effectively doubling your gift. St Alfege Church has supported the work of Superkidz from some years.
Donations to the Christmas Challenge can only be made online
Thank you. Your gift will make a big difference for children and young people.
St Alfege with St Peter's Church of England Primary School
St Alfege with St Peter's CoE Primary School
is our church school. Members of the clergy (two) and congregation (five) give their time generously as governors leading the school strategically. The clergy also regularly take assemblies; other governors from the church make regular visits to the school. Monthly school family services are held in the church and are led by a different year group along with the Vicar, Revd Chris Moody or Curate, Revd Caroline Risdon. This brings new families into the church.
We are very pleased that following the recent inspection as a Church of England School, St Alfege with St Peter's has been deemed "Outstanding".
Meridian Money Advice
Meridian Money Advice is an independent charity which has been providing advice and practical help to people with debt problems since the early 1990s. It was set up by a group of local people, including members of St Alfege Church, in response to a report, Faith in the City, commissioned by the then Archbishop of Canterbury. This report identified debt as a key factor in inner city poverty and mirrored our own experience of many people living in Greenwich.
Meridian Money Advice provides free, confidential debt and welfare benefits advice, as well as advice on credit debts, County Court action, mortgage, rent and Council Tax. St Alfege Church supports this vital service through the provision of rent-free premises at one end of the church hall building. Members of the church serve on its management committee. Staff and running costs are met by funding raised from grants from both the public sector and charitable trusts.
The Greenwich Charity and related charities
The Greenwich Charity is an amalgamation of a number of local charities. Its object is to help people resident in the area it covers who are in need, hardship or distress by making grants or providing items, services or facilities. In the year ended 31 March 2017, the charity made grants totalling £14,000 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 same area who are sick or have disabilities. Randall's Charity, which also shares the same trustees, makes grants for the general benefit of the inhabitants of the same area.
The area of benefit for all three charities was recently redefined to comprise that part of the Royal Borough of Greenwich which lies within postal districts SE3, SE7, SE8, SE10 and SE13.
The Vicar of St Alfege is a trustee ex officio of the three charities and the trustees currently include other members of St Alfege Church congregation.
Enquiries regarding possible assistance may be made through the Charities' website at www.thegreenwichcharities.com, or by post to The Trustees of the Greenwich Charities, c/o Grant Saw Solicitors, Norman House, 110-114 Norman Road, SE10 9EN [or to the Vicar of St Alfege].
The Greenwich Charities of William Hatcliffe and the Misses Smith
Getting older while retaining your enjoyment of life and independence at home, and your enjoyment of life, can sometimes be a struggle. The Greenwich Charities of William Hatcliffe and the Misses Smith help older people living independently in Greenwich to do so with dignity and comfort. They are able to make small, one-off grants between £50 and £500 to people over the age of 55 to purchase items to help them to continue to live independently and comfortably. If you are over 55, live in your own home (not a care home) within our catchment area in Greenwich and would benefit from some financial help to purchase an item that would make life a little easier, then email Greenwich.email@example.com or write to Katrina Taylor, Administrator, Rossall, 14E Park Vista, London SE10 9LZ. The Vicar of St Alfege is a trustee ex officio and enquiries regarding possible assistance may be made through him.
Sheltered accommodation in the parish
Queen Elizabeth College alms houses (Drapers Foundation) opposite Greenwich railway station, and Trinity Hospital (Mercers Company) on Old Woolwich Road, sit within the parish of St Alfege. Both clergy and lay volunteers provide a weekly service of worship to each community, in their respective chapels.