The idea of a World Concern Group (WCG) came from the Congregational Development Group and arose after a visit from our Mission Partners, Ida and Keith Waddell, that coincided with an illustrated address and talk from Janice Scotland on Christian Aid. Following public meetings in the Town Hall a steering group was formed and consent was given by the Kirk Session to establish the group on October 19th 2010. Initial thoughts were for a structure that would encompass other interested organisations in Clackmannan but the group was constituted and has remained a congregational organisation. Its purpose was then and still is, to help co-ordinate support for those less privileged than ourselves and to react to needy situations across the world where considered both possible and practical.
Since its inception the WCG has supported many causes that include: Vision Aid, Tools for Self Reliance, Emergency Box scheme, Water Aid, Souper Sunday, (Church of Scotland HIV programme), Fair Trade, Aqua Box, Mamie Martin Fund for educating girls in Malawi. The WCG also support many crises such as the refugee crisis in South Sudan and natural disasters whenever they arise. So the list goes on.
Although membership of the steering group has changed over the years the WCG continues to endeavour to fulfil the original objectives noted above. The group is only able to do this as a result of the generosity of members of the congregation who unfailingly provide the necessary funds, unused spectacles and tools or whatever is requested of them.
SMARTIES TUBES APPEAL
The World Concern Group wish to give a massive Thank You to the congregation for filling their Smarties tubes in response to the Disaters Emergency Committee Cyclone Idai Appeal.
The magnificent sum of £1,128.80 was handed in. A further £300 had been given immediately by the World Concern Group and in excess of an additional £375 is known to have been sent by members direct to DEC so as to qualify for Gift Aid, making a total of at least £1,900 from Clackmannan Parish Church. Mercifully no signs yet of compassion fatigue as folk continue to be prepared to bear one another's burdens and so fulfil the law of Christ.
On 27th October the World Concern Group will again lead Sunday worship with its annual Souper Sunday service.
This will be followed by the soup and sweet lunch provided in the fellowship area of the Church.
Proceeds from the lunch will go to the Church of Scotland's HIV project.