Serving God, Serving our Community

Who we support

St Mary’s supports a number of organisations that have a local, national and international focus. We aim to give away 10% of our income. As well as village organisations such as the Pre-schoolPrimary School and Memorial Hall we support the following:

Church Army (website)

Our evangelists and projects work across the British Isles and Ireland to share the good news of Jesus through words and actions. We work in a variety of contexts and reach out to communities in ways that help them live life to the full as we seek to transform lives with the gospel.

Maidstone Homeless Care (website)

Supporting homeless and vulnerable people in and around Maidstone.

Church Mission Society (website)

We are a community of people who have been set free to follow God’s call in mission. Thousands of people from all walks of life are part of Church Mission Society – praying, learning and acting together in pursuit of that call.

Weald Family Hub (website)

To connect the community with people, projects and organisations that support young people and their families who are struggling with issues of mental health and is focussed on becoming a key local network of support for the   Wealden villages.

Tear Fund (website)

We’re Christians passionate about ending poverty. We’re following Jesus where the need is greatest, working through local churches to unlock people’s potential and helping them to discover that the answer to poverty is within themselves. When disasters strike, we respond quickly. We won’t stop until poverty stops.

Embrace the Middle East (website)

Embrace the Middle East is a non-governmental, inter-denominational charity supporting Christian-led humanitarian projects in the Middle East. Its overseas partners provide health, education and community development programmes for the most disadvantaged people in the lands of the Bible.  They do so to a high standard but more importantly they provide these services without regard to the faith or nationality of the people who use them.  In a deeply divided region where people have fewer opportunities to mix with and understand those who do not share the same background, Embrace the Middle East is a shining example of Christian love in action, love which transcends human divisions.

Kenward Trust (website)

Through recovery, resettlement and reintegration programmes, we work with individuals who have been affected by alcohol and drug dependence.

Fegans (website)

Fegans cares holistically for the whole family, through counselling children and supporting parents. Supported by our Carol Singing this year.

The Farming Community Network (website)

The Farming Community Network is a voluntary organisation and charity that supports farmers and their families within the farming community through difficult times.

The Children’s Society (website)

We are a national charity that runs local projects, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn. We listen. Because ‘no child should feel alone.’

Operation Mobilisation (website)

We SEND and equip believers to go places where Jesus is not yet known. We SERVE those in need with things like medical care, emergency relief, education and job skills. We SHARE by proclaiming the teachings of Jesus, providing discipleship training and supplying resources like bibles. Our vision is to see a community of Jesus followers within reach of everyone, everywhere.

CPAS Patronage (website)

CPAS has responsibility for nominating to nearly 700 benefices in the Church of England. Working collaboratively with the church, the diocese and, where relevant, with other patrons, we seek to fill vacant parishes with incumbents who have a heart for the gospel, are committed to seeing people won for Christ and built up in the faith.

Mission Aviation Fellowship (website)

‘We are flying for life’. MAF uses planes to transform the lives of the world’s most isolated people in need. We enable thousands of aid, relief and mission projects in really remote places. Because that’s where some of the greatest human needs are.