St Alfege Church in the community
Christian Aid 13 to 19 May 2018 - International Big Breakfast
On Sunday 20 May we will be holding an International Big Breakfast to conclude our Christian Aid fundraising. Join us on the green or in the hall if it's rainy.
Poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of their dignity and lets injustice thrive. But together we have the power to transform lives.
#StandTogether this Christian Aid Week and find out more here
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.
The school is also strongly involved in the junior choir recently introduced through 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".
St Alfege youth choir
Our youth choir (aged 7 to 13) started in October 2016 and continues to flourish under the expert guidance of members of Apollo 5, an exciting and innovative group of professional singers working with schools throughout the country.
Children from local schools including our own church school, together with James Wolfe and Morden Mount, take part and we are keen to encourage other children from farther afield who enjoy singing to join us. There is no charge to join the youth choir.
The choir rehearses every Thursday in term time in the church hall from 3.45pm to 5.15 pm with after school snacks provided.
The children learn a variety of music and prepare to sing at six services in church throughout the year: three Family Services on a Thursday afternoon and three major Sunday services.
A member of the youth choir has now become a full member of the St Alfege Church Choir.
If your child enjoys singing and would like to join us, please let us know.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org 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.