Overseas and Charity Work

We are a small committee whose focus is to raise money for our chosen overseas charities. We hold Bread & Cheese lunches during March and October in our lovely Garden Lounge. Profit from the lunches, plus various bequests and donations, allow us to support the following charities.

In addition to these charities, we sponsor a little girl at Dr Graham’s Homes in Kalimpong, India. Another benefactor is our Partnership Church, Nkolokoti, in Malawi.

We always keep some money in reserve for any disaster appeals. The most recent one was to help victims of the Cyclone Idai in South East Africa which was organised through Christian Aid.

In addition we support a range of local, national and international charities.

For example we:-

· Support Operation Christmas Child with boxes of items

· Distribute newsletters, brochures and reports on world church activities

· Integrate video material showing the work of active charities into morning services

· Make regular collections for local food-banks

· Organise special fundraising events eg. Bread and Cheese lunches and Cafe Church.

Overseas Report 2020

The Overseas Committee met on 9th February and the disbursement of monies for the year was the main item of business. We had received a lovely Christmas card form Kalimpong with Sharon’s photograph. After her long school break she should have started her new class in the middle of February. I look forward to hearing from her in the months to come.

YEAR 2019

We received £1,210 from the Bread and Cheese Lunches, which was slightly up from last year. This was combined with various bequests and other funds giving us the total of £2,765.06 to distribute to our chosen charities. Before the end of December we had already donated £50 to the Cyclone Idai Appeal and £750 to Dr Graham’s Homes towards Sharon’s school fees. This left £1,965.06. The committee agreed to disburse the available money as follows:

*Nkolokoti Church £400 + £300 in donations.

The Vine Trust £300

Camfed International £200

TearFund Scotland £200

Lepra £200

*Scottish Bible Society £200

Mary’s Meals £200

Total: £1,700 Leaving: £265.06 money in hand.

*We also received an extra £300 in donations for various church groups at Nkolokoti. Thank you to all for your generosity and support.

*We requested that the money to SBS be used to help the Bible Society in Peru, which provide children with food and spiritual guidance. Each child receives a colourful storybook telling them about the life of Jesus and explaining to them that, although their lives are difficult, He loves each and every one of them.

We thank members of the congregation for their continued interest in our Overseas Work.

Overseas Report 2019

The Overseas Committee met on 28th January 2019 and approved the disbursement of monies for the year. We received £1060 from the Bread and Cheese Lunches and combined with various bequests and other funds there was a total of £2702.70 to distribute to our chosen charities. Before the end of December we had already donated £100 to the Indonesia Tsumani Appeal and £750 to Dr Graham’s Homes towards Sharon’s school fees. This left £1852.70. We agreed to disburse the available money as follows:

Nkolokoti Church £500 (£400 + donation of £100)

The Vine Trust £300

TearFund Scotland £200

Camfed International £200

Lepra £200

*Scottish Bible Society £200

Total £1600 leaving £252.70 money in hand.

*We requested that the money to SBS be used to provide 5 Proclaimer Audio Bibles for Uganda. People there are desperate to hear God’s Word in their own languages.

Visitors from Nkolokoti Church Malawi

Blessings and Sydney from Nkolokoti Church in Malawi visited us in September

Blessings Njawala is at university and is in his 3rd year of a 5 year degree in Information Technology. Blessings plays the keyboard at church services.

Sydney Jere is an assistant accounts administrator at Capital Radio Malawi. He is also the chairperson of Nkolokoti CCAP youth ministry.




They joined in services in the Sanctuary and visited several of our Church Groups.

During one of our services Sydney preached to us whilst Blessings read from the Bible. They both sang a hymn at the end of the service.

They met members of the congregation at the Café Church. They joined in the fun at the Scottish Evening, heard Margie Mellis speak about her book at the Men’s Group. They spent a sunny afternoon with the Social Strollers at Balmedie Beach and saw the musical 'Joseph and the Technicolor Raincoat' in His Majesty's Theatre. They visited the Brownies, Rainbows and Guides and also joined in the Singing Group and joined enthusiastically in the games provided by the Scrabble and Games Group.

Ruby and Jim along with Margo and Ronnie took them on visits to the Braemar Gathering, to see a football match at Pittodrie Stadium. Jim took them to the golf driving range where they tried out their golf expertise! They explored both Crathes and Dunnottar Castles and enjoyed fish and chips at the Men’s Shed at Stonehaven.

On their return to Malawi Sydney and Blessings presented our gifts to their church at Nkolokoti.