Throughout the year the parish supports a number of charities through its Parish Tithe, donating 10% of its collection and related income to charities and other worthy causes. The emphasis is on local organisations related to the Church or to parishioners. They vary from poverty relief to sick children and asylum seekers.
Worth Abbey Parish supports the food banks run by the Trussell Trust. 1 in 5 people in the UK live below the official poverty line meaning that for them life is a dally struggle. For many people a sudden crisis of redundancy, benefit delay or even an unexpected bill can mean going hungry.
The parish collects donations of non-perishable food for the Crawley SVP and the Haywards Heath foodbank. Donations can be left in the container in the porch of the Parish Office or in the baskets which are put out before the Vigil and 9.30 am Masses at the Abbey and the 11.30 am Mass at St Dunstan’s.
In November 2019 Haywards Heath Food Bank sent the following message, “I would like to thank you so much for your generous and very kind donations of food recently. We are so grateful to you all at Worth Abbey. I am pleased to tell you that the weight of the food collected was 92.5 kgs, which is a fantastic amount. Thank you for supporting us in our work to give food to those who come upon difficult times. This year we have been giving food to an average of about 125 people each month, and 40% of them are children.”
The Crawley Interfaith Network (CIFN) serves food to 25-30 homeless people every eight weeks at the Friary in Crawley. They would be delighted to have help from Worth Abbey parishioners. Members of the Hindu Temple bring along delicious curries and rice which are very popular. There are lots of jobs to do setting up, serving and washing up and chatting to the customers. It is very enjoyable and there is a good atmosphere. CIFN will be serving lunch on the following Sundays in 2020 – 26th January, 22nd March, 24th May, 26th July, 27th September and 22nd November. If you would like to get involved please contact Ash on 07833252551 or email@example.com or Fr Paul on 01342 710313 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Outreach Peru is the development fund of Worth Abbey for Peru. It supports a range of health and social welfare projects in Lima and other parts of Peru.
St Vincent’s Community Shop, Broadfield, Crawley provides low cost goods and household items to disadvantaged individuals and families, offering a listening ear and, where appropriate, arranging visits to those most in need.
The shop now has a van available 2 days a week to collect donated items of furniture. Initially this is on a trial basis for 2 months. Anyone wishing to donate furniture should contact the Shop Manager, Maurizio, on 01293 517135.
If you would like to work as a volunteer in the shop, please enquire at 2, Pelham Place, Broadfield or phone 07500 484058 for an application form.