The Drive supports many local, national and international charities, from our own resources or by collections and fund-raising events. Future Pillars is described elsewhere and here is an account of other charities we support.
Deptford Mission Church was founded in 1903. The Disabled People’s Contact Club (DPCC) is a registered charity which runs a Day Centre for elderly/disabled people 3 days a week and an evening club for adults with learning difficulties. The Drive Church has supported this work for about thirty years, with goods from our Harvest and Christmas services. Superintendent minister Rev David Gillman and his wife visited The Drive for the 2019 Christmas Deptford Gift Service. Food gifts help in the supply of Day Centre meals, while other gifts help stock their charity shop on the premises. Jean and Robert Bright have been involved for over 40 years and regularly visit the Mission. They are happy to collect clothing and most things apart from electrical goods, to deliver to the shop which raises about one-third of DPCC income. The DPCC runs two minibuses with wheelchair access (image above) to transport members to and from the Centre, and indeed to the annual DPCC summer lunch run by The Drive (image left – in the Cornwall Hall), always a most enjoyable occasion. Over the past twenty years The Drive Community has purchased two new minibuses and helped with one other. Anyone who would like to help, please let Jean Bright know via Contact
Action for children, the Methodist Children’s Charity reaches out to vulnerable children and their families. Their 7,000 staff and volunteers deliver support through local projects, respite care, adoption and fostering services, mediation services and helping young carers. The Drive gives financial support, over £2000 in the 2018- 19 year, from fund raising events, personal donations, and donations made in memory of loved ones. In the same year over £300 was given in “Lantern Boxes”, a national scheme with a local representative who is one of our own members, responsible for collecting the money.
All We Can (previously The Methodist Relief and Development Fund): The charity was involved in relief work following E. African floods particularly in Malawi, delivering help including emergency food provisions. An annual Quiz at Otford and The Drive’s own appeal raised a substantial amount.
Amnesty International: During Advent, the congregation at The Drive participates in the annual “Write for Rights Campaign”, by sending messages of support to prisoners of conscience whose names and addresses have been provided by Amnesty International.
Christian Aid continues to be supported by Churches Together in Sevenoaks. Christian Aid Week in May remains the main activity, backed by national media coverage and the Christian Aid web site. The 2019 week started with a service at The Drive and donations given thereafter. Successful collections during the morning and evening rush hours were made at Sevenoaks station throughout the week by a team of members of the Drive and other churches, who came together again at Christmas for carol singing at the station. From 5 – 8pm successful collections were made by The Drive the first hour, St. Luke’s the next, then St Mary’s Kippington the last. At the Lenten Frugal Lunch in March the 2020 campaign was introduced. Please speak Kathryn or Rod Barron if you can help.
Methodist Homes for the Aged (MHA) is a national charity, one of Britain’s Top 20 in the care sector, providing accommodation and support services for people in later life throughout England, Scotland and Wales. It has 90 Care Homes where 18,200 individuals are supported by 7,000 staff and 5,000 volunteers. The Drive collects money through envelopes left on Church chairs on MHA Sunday. MHA produces “Heart and Soul” a quarterly magazine available on the bookrack in Church.
Methodist Women in Britain (MWiB) raises funds to support partners and agencies working to alleviate poverty and injustice. In addition to projects overseas, MWiB has entered a partnership with the Touchstone Centre, a place of hospitality in Bradford, Britain’s most Muslim city, by providing financial help. £10,000 was raised by our South East District for the 2016-18 project.
The 2018-20 MWiB project is to raise funds for Tabita House, a refuge and training centre for women in Bolivia. Money is being raised by: The Drive Tuesday Fellowship “Bring and Buy”; the annual District Meeting in May; and the Circuit Summer Meeting in June.
Methodist Fund for World Mission receives all money raised through The Drive Easter Offering envelopes, and the Circuit Easter Offering Dedication Service in May. This amounted nationally to £355,000 in 2018.
Public Issues and World Development: The Monday House Group has recently looked at issues of public concern like welcoming Asylum Seekers and Modern Slavery. This led to writing to our local Council about these topics and we were assured that the Council was seeking to respond to the needs raised.