Charity Links & Mission Giving

Burning Bush Ministry

The Burning Bush Ministry is currently the Dorchester Team’s key charity overseas.  It supports some remarkable women in a remote village, Brandboom, South Africa, who provide meals for over 300 pre-school children three times a week.  In an area wracked by high rates of unemployment (70-80%), Tuberculosis, HIV, and alcoholism this provides not just practical help but much joy and merriment as the food is eaten and Gospel songs sung.

The Abbey Tea Rooms

Tea-RoomThe Abbey Tea Rooms is run entirely by volunteers, nearly 30 in all, from Dorchester and neighbouring villages, who give unstintingly of their time, whether it be as cake makers, teapot ladies, washers-up or servers. All profits (nearly £15,000 in 2013) are paid into the Abbey’s General Fund; approximately 75% goes to charitable causes world-wide, and 25% to the maintenance of the Guest House and Abbey. Find out more about the Tea Rooms here.

Dorchester Festival

DorchFestLogolow-resThe biennial Dorchester-on-Thames Festival attracts over 3,000 people, from serious followers of the arts to schools, families and children of all ages and has raised significant profile and over £100,000 for Dorchester Abbey and local charities. For 2015 we were proud to support PACT (Parents and Children Together), raising over £25,000 for their post adoption support work.
Read more about the Festival and the charities we have supported here.

2014 Mission Giving

Larger Agencies- £3,450
£1500 each allocated to US (formerly USPG) and CMS (Church Mission Society).
£450 to Toybox, supporting street children in Latin America

Charities with specific local connections – £4,700
£750 each for particular charities important to people in Dorchester & who work in the Tea Room
Africare – Acheru (Cherub) project in Uganda- £750
Friends of Leselinyana – £750
The Nasio Trust – £750
Footsteps – £300

Other donations to Oxford based charities or concerns and/or those recommended by congregation or Tea Room helpers
South & Vale Carers Centre – £250
Vale House (near Oxford), supporting people with dementia – £200
Prison Fellowship – £200
Style Acre, working with people with learning  disabilities – £500
National Deaf Children’s Society – £500
Oxford Community Soup Kitchen – £500

Response to particular requests in 2013 – £2350
Asylum Welcome – £500
Ex Vac – £300
Friends of the Holy Land – £300
Open Doors (serving persecuted Christians worldwide) – £300
Li Tim-Oi Foundation – £300
Disaster Response in 2015 – £500
National Gardens Scheme Charity donation – £150