Lent Projects

Our aim this year is to help provide a heating system at the House of Hope.

The House of Hope is Vera’s former family home built by her father in a village. He was a Baptist pastor in Soviet times when Christians could face imprisonment, fines and even loss of their children for their faith. Despite this he led a secret church here.

In 2004 Vera bought the house back and began to restore it aiming to turn it into a base for Christian residential training, retreats and above all camps for young people. The house also reaches out to local villages living bleak lives of poverty, alcoholism and hopelessness. The House of Hope is well named!

Over the years  lot of work has been carried out on the buildings and grounds by Vera and various volunteer groups. Our own young adults laid paths and paved areas in 2010 and another church member was part of a group who built a garage and improved the woodshed a few years ago. Both main houses now have running water and electricity but lack proper heating. The one wood burning stove in the main house cannot provide enough heat during the long cold winters when deep snow lays on the ground for months.

At the moment the Christian camps, providing fellowship, Bible study, games and craft activities, only take place during the short summer as temperatures can fall to minus 40°C during the long severe winter.


Heating the house by installing a proper heating system could now be possible as gas has been brought to the edge of the village. The vision is to connect it to the house and install a heating system which would benefit the buildings and make them useable for more of the year.

Gas fired heating will keep the property in better condition and increase the scope for Christian outreach.The house can bring God's love to local people.

What is needed?  
22 Radiators
2 Boilers 
A Water softener
Pipework & Radiator taps
Labour Costs
Note: volunteers usually do work at the house but gas installation needs professionally trained engineers
Total: £9,575


St Giles has been blessed, inspired and challenged by Vera on her visits to us. Please consider prayerfully if you could use time in Lent to support her.

You can donate now by clicking on the button below.

You can also donate online through Church Suite directly (go to menu and choose Lent Project).
If you prefer to donate using the donation envelopes in church you can do so by cheque (payable to St Giles PCC - Lent Project) or cash. Please indicate on the envelope if you use Gift Aid which increases your donation by 25% without cost to you.

The short video below gives a taste of weather
as the summer ends and winter arrives:



Homes for Homeless Santal Christians in Bangladesh

Helping to create safe housing for impoverished Christians in Bangladesh who were driven out of their villages and have been living in makeshift tents.

The final sum raised was £10, 026 and will provide for 10 simple brick built homes.

 For more information Click Here




For a list of previous Lent Projects from 1979 to 2018 and the amounts raised please click here: