As in previous years our Advent and Christmas offerings will be split between two organisations, one overseas and one Scottish.
Domestic abuse, as one aspect of violence against women, is a major social issue and knows no boundaries. Domestic abuse is about coercive control and can include destructive criticism and verbal abuse, physical abuse, pressure tactics (eg withholding – or threatening to withhold – money), taking the children away, lying to family/friends – all of which are part of the control the abuser exerts. Women’s Aid seeks to provide shelter for abused women and to educate all of us about the rampant nature of this issue and how it can be prevented.
Domestic abuse is a major problem right here in Arbroath, affecting women from all walks of life, including the church. We can help those affected by supporting Women’s Aid and their vital work.
The Vine Trust
We are looking to continue our support of the Scottish-based Vine Trust whose work with street boys in Peru is transforming hundreds of boys’ lives. Previously we have helped to partially fund the building of a dormitory in Kusi, high up in the Andean mountains – a new home for the boys and a place of safety and refuge well away from the horror of life on the streets of Lima.
Our aim is to raise £2500. You can use the Advent calendar available on 27th November or you can just make a donation. Offerings will be taken for these two organisations at all Christmas services.
Please take time to read the ‘Women’s Stories of Abuse’ and ‘Carlitos’ Story’ in the recent Church Magazine available by clicking Dec-Feb Church Magazine