Action For Children (AFC)

On Thursday 9th July 2011 it was exactly 140 years since the Methodist Minister, Rev Thomas Bowman Stephenson, opened the first Children's Home in Waterloo to help London's most vulnerable children.  George Oliver and Frederick James Hall were the first grateful inhabitants and since then the charity has supported and helped countless vulnerable children, young people and their families.
Since then, a lot has changed.  Instead of one children's home we now have 420 community-based projects across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and help nearly 156,000 children and young people.
As a Church we raise money through various means.  Christmas Day collection, Gift vouchers to been given at Christmas, House to House collection, Store collections, Light of Life collecting boxes and donations.  
We had a very successful Christmas in 2016. The gift vouchers raised £310 and these were distributed between projects in the South East and Fostering and Adoption. The AFC coffee morning raised £224. We bought £166 of Christmas cards and diaries. 
A total of £1131 was raised by Merrow Methodist Church in the church year September 2017 - September 2018

For more information the Website is  Action for Children
Suzanne Burnham
AFC Representative