The Drive supports many local, national and international charities, from our own resources or by collections and fund-raising events.
Deptford Mission Church was founded in 1903. The Disabled People’s Contact Club (DPCC) is a registered charity which runs a Day Centre for elderly/disabled people 3 days a week and an evening club for adults with learning difficulties. The Drive Church has supported this work for about thirty years, with goods from our Harvest and Christmas services. Over the past twenty years The Drive Community has purchased two new minibuses and helped with funding one other. Anyone who would like to help, please Contact
Action for children, the Methodist Children’s Charity reaches out to vulnerable children and their families. Their 7,000 staff and volunteers deliver support through local projects, respite care, adoption and fostering services, mediation services and helping young carers. The Drive gives financial support from fund raising events and personal donations.
All We Can (previously The Methodist Relief and Development Fund): The charity was involved in relief work following E. African floods particularly in Malawi, delivering help including emergency food provisions. Local fundraising is from an annual Quiz at Otford Methodist Church and The Drive’s own appeal.
Amnesty International: During Advent, the congregation at The Drive participates in the annual “Write for Rights Campaign”, by sending messages of support to prisoners of conscience whose names and addresses have been provided by Amnesty International.
Christian Aid continues to be supported by Churches Together in Sevenoaks. Christian Aid Week in May remains the main focus of fundraising activity. The Drive and other local churches come together at Christmas time to sing carols together at Sevenoaks Station as a fund raising activity. At Lenten a Frugal Lunch is hosted by one of the local churches.
Methodist Homes for the Aged (MHA) is a national charity, one of Britain’s Top 20 in the care sector, providing accommodation and support services for people in later life throughout England, Scotland and Wales. It has 90 Care Homes where 18,200 residents are supported by 7,000 staff and 5,000 volunteers. The Drive contributes to MHA through the annual collection known as MHA Sunday.
Methodist Women in Britain (MWiB) raises funds to support partners and agencies working to alleviate poverty and injustice. In addition to projects overseas, MWiB has entered a partnership with the Touchstone Centre, a place of hospitality in Bradford, by providing financial help.
Methodist Fund for World Mission receives all money raised through The Drive Easter Offering envelopes, and the Circuit Easter Offering Dedication Service in May. This amounted nationally to £355,000 in 2018.