At Walton Methodist Church we strongly believe that we should be part of the local and worldwide community, helping and supporting a variety of charity work.
On this page you can look at some of the charity work that takes place within the Walton Methodist Church community and you can follow the links to find out more about some of the individual charities we support.
Walton Methodist Church have been supporting the charity Love Russia now for many years. It started by the Sunday school putting on two seperate performances of the little musical the 'Russian Shoemaker'.
The charity work in specific areas of Russia is very varied and money is much needed. The abuse of alcohol-usually vodka-leads to many disfunctioning families and therefore children are in desperate needof love and care. Orphanages have been very poorly equiped in their very cold winters, frequently under-heated. The charity has done a lot to improve this situation.
Two or three summer camps are a means of helping some of the children when young people, often students, go over for a week or fortnight and give the children a really fun time by loving and playing with them and sharing the love of Jesus.
The youn people come back with happy memories of their time with them and are really blessed by the experience.
The proceeds from our Christmas card board goes to this charity and is greatly appreciated.
Contact Centre-St Andrew's
The contact centre is a safe place where broken families can meet together to start rebuilding bridges.
Methodist Relief and Development Fund exists to bring about significant and long term change in some of the world's most marginalised communities, and to empower people to change structures that are oppressive and unjust.
To fulfil this charge, MRDF has three core priorities:
•To contribute to the eradication of poverty, through transformative long-term development, and disaster relief
•To increase the effectiveness of overseas partner organisations to contribute to the eradication of poverty
•To challenge the causes of poverty and injustice through education and advocacy, both in the UK and overseas.
Operation Christmas Child 2014:
This year we have bought 100 decorated flat pack shoe boxes from Samaritan’s Purse for us to fill for their annual Christmas appeal - which cost 30p each. People were able to “buy” the shoe boxes for £3.30 each, £3 of which was the recommended minimum donation requested by Samaritan’s Purse, which went towards the cost of their transportation and distribution overseas.
In total we put together and filled 181 boxes and loaded all of these into the van at the end of worship on Sunday 16th November. Thank you to everyone that supported this and hopefully we can beat this impressive total next year!
Operation Christmas Child
Our aim is to help prevent homelessness and alleviate the effects of homelessness. We help single people from Elmbridge, Runnymede and Spelthorne who do not qualify for help from the local authorities.
Thames Homeless Project started over 10 years ago in Walton, with a small group who wanted to do something practical for local homeless people.
Today, THP is still made up entirely of volunteers. In addition to supporting a hostel for single, homeless people, THP provides grants and loans. This might be to help secure a home e.g. with a deposit, or to help with essential furniture and household items.
We also consider applications for grants from organisations working with homeless people. Recent initiatives have included funding a Tenancy Support Worker in Elmbridge and a Nightstop worker in Runnymede and Spelthorne.
THP’s funds come from voluntary donations only. We receive no grant or Local Authority or Government funding.
Thames Homeless Project
Street Angels are adult volunteers, who care and provide practical support for the people who use the pubs, bars and restaurants in Walton town centre on a Friday night, including helping them to access any further support they may need.
Street Angels believe that people in need deserve care and support. The needs of these individuals may be the result of homelessness, drunkenness, drug abuse or any other issue which has caused personal distress or the potential for physical harm.
Walton Street Angels help people whoever they are and whatever their situation, for example by listening, caring, offering practical help and through simple acts of generosity and kindness. On occasion they can also help by referring people to other (specialist) agencies who can help them further.
Their calming presence on the streets late at night makes a really positive impact on crime and antisocial behaviour in town centres.
We are proud to be a 'Fairtrade Church'.