St Michael & All Angels

Sharing God's Love

Charity of the Month

Each month Marden Parish Church likes to support a different charitable cause. This is promoted in the Magazine, and also there is a presentation during the 10.30 service on the first Sunday of each month. We thank all those who have generously supported these good causes, and include a list of those that will be supported through this coming year. 

January - Maidstone Churches Winter Shelter
February - Shelter Box
March - Embrace the Middle East 
April - Hospice in the Weald
May - Christian Aid
June - Alzheimer’s Society
July - Fegans 
August - Christians Against Poverty
September - Marie Curie
October - Friends of the Earth
November - Five Talents
December - The Children’s Society

The Charity for the month of September is Marie Curie

We read about pandemics in our history books. The scourge of the Black Death is faithfully and tragically recorded in church documents. How terrible to have lived then. Thank goodness we have modern medicine, garbage collections, clean water and good hygiene to protect us. Who are we fooling? We are all living through a terrible pandemic right now and it isn’t going to disappear any time soon. If we’re lucky enough to feel safe, who then are today’s victims? Well the media keep us up-dated with the grim statistics and we probably know individuals and families who’ve experienced symptoms, been tested and isolated, perhaps hospitalised and ventilated. Alas, some have died. But on average, nationwide there have been relatively few deaths thanks to the NHS and the vigilance of others.

In Marden there’s been great work supporting people in isolation and the food bank has achieved wonders thanks to your generosity. Kindness has flourished. Yet there are many people who have needed our help but been over-looked while we are focussed on the bigger threat. And now the NHS is reminding us that irrespective of the pandemic, cancer and other serious illnesses haven’t gone away.

This September we are collecting to support the wonderful Marie Curie Nurses. They care for men, women and children with any terminal illness, not just cancer. And they are desperate for funds because their normal fund-raising has come to a juddering halt. Yet members of our community are still needing end of life care.

There will be a collection box in church or you can send money to Jane Lowther, our church treasurer, who will send it on to Marie Curie.

01622 832974 mardenchurchtreasurer@gmail.com

If you are able to help in this way, thank you and keep safe.

Susan Fenn

www.mariecurie.org.uk