Sandgate Singers Serenade Storrington – Parish Volunteer, Trevor, Reports

The Sandgate Singers Choir singing in support in Storrington

The Sandgate Singers Choir singing in support in Storrington

‘Our Parish held our annual Christmas concert on 8th December at Our Lady of England church, presented by the Sandgate Singers. Under their Musical Direction Peter Allwood, they provided a splendid performance of traditional carols, readings and Christmas songs.

‘Audience numbers were down on previous years but their generosity was really wonderful. We are also indebted to the Chemin Neuf Community here at Storrington, for the use of their facilities.

‘During the interval, the parish’s CAFOD Support Group, served mulled wine and hot mince pies in the candle lit cloister, which was greatly enjoyed by audience and choir alike.

‘Final figures are not yet available but thanks to everyone who contributed, we are hoping to be able to give at least £950 for Connect2: El Salvador and our friends in Puentecitos.’

We would like to add our thanks to Trevor, the CAFOD group, the Sandgate Singers, the Parish and the Chemin Neuf Community for their support. If you wanted to hold an event in your parish or school, see our Events Toolkits.

What do Camberley and Bagshot, Cambodia and Pyramids have in Common?

The CAFOD team in Camberley and Bagshot parish have shared with us an excellent way by which they involve their parish in CAFOD’s mission.

‘It’s a simple idea.’ Said Jo Carroll, CAFOD’s parish volunteer and team leader. ‘We give out pyramid boxes in June and we collect them later – mainly in September. That’s it.

‘We have been doing it for a few years and it has taken a little while to properly get going but people are now used to the idea.’

Camberley and Bagshot poster for CAFOD Pyramid Boxes for Connect2: Cambodia.

Camberley and Bagshot poster for CAFOD Pyramid Boxes for Connect2: Cambodia.

The parish is part of Connect2: Cambodia whereby the build a relationship with one of a few CAFOD-supported communities and raise funds for this support. Having this relationship is a win-win situation. The parish community gets to know a community abroad, knows where their funding is going but is under no pressure to raise particular amounts of money at any particular times. It’s also great for the focus community; not only are they supported but they know that people thousands of miles away care about them and are praying about them.

CAFOD group at Camberley and Bagshot

CAFOD group at Camberley and Bagshot

‘This year,’ Jo said, ‘People brought in their boxes and together they contained over one thousand pounds.’ This is an amazing amount and can make such a difference. As it says on the parish’s poster, small change can make a BIG CHANGE.

Our thanks go to Jo, the CAFOD team and all our friends and supporters in Camberley and Bagshot – not least those who count the change!

So to answer the question, What do Camberley and Bagshot, Cambodia and Pyramids have in Common? The answer is CAFOD’s Connect2: Cambodia.

To order pyramid boxes or many other resources such as prayer cards, T-shirts or books, please go to the on-line CAFOD Shop.

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