The parish of Mortlake with East Sheen is self supporting. Our income comes from the people who attend our churches. The parish gives the majority of its income to the Parish Support Fund run by Diocese of Southwark. This money pays for the clergy both in this parish and in poorer parishes of the diocese. It ensures that people in each parish have a priest for their church. In some parishes the church is the sole resource for community activities for people of all ages.
In addition, this parish has decided that 5% of its income (£21,000) will support giving to outside charities.
We give to three core local groups: Welcare (£3,360), a Diocesan charity working with children and families across south London and East Surrey; FiSH Neighbourhood Care (£2,000) and the Kingston–Matabeleland link (£2,000) supporting the Anglican church in the diocese of Matabeleland in Zimbabwe.
The rest of our mission giving is divided 40% for three home charities and 60% for three overseas on a rolling three-year programme.
In 2016 the home charities Family Holiday Association, Integrated Neurological Services and the Nehemiah Project each received £1,819 and the overseas charities Practical Action, EducAid and the Umoyo Orphan Project received £2,728. These charities were proposed by members of our congregations. We are now seeking further suggestions for 2017. We shall decide which charities to choose based on our policy adopted in March 2013.
In addition each year we
- collect locally during Christian Aid Week
- contribute to the Bishop’s Lent Appeal supporting charities in the diocese and overseas
- give Harvest gifts to three local charities