Third World Group

Origins and aims

In 1984, St Bride’s Third World Group was formed as the result of a visit from a local nun, home from Ethiopia, who gave us a graphic account of the famine in that country. She was a member of the Franciscan Order, The Missionary Sisters of Africa. Through that initial contact, our group started raising funds for Third World countries.

Our sole aim is fundraising - and we accomplish this in various ways.

Over the years, we have run dances, coffee mornings, race nights, fashion shows, youth discos, concerts for different age groups, jumble sales, quiz nights and the annual sponsored cycle run in Millport.

In addition we issue Small Change-Big Change cans. Thanks to Canon Ryan, we have an annual church door collection after all Masses on Ash Wednesday. Money which we have raised has gone to a variety of projects, including: provision of clean water supplies, construction of basic houses, help to orphans, services to the victims of Aids, provision of sewing machines and assistance to medical workers.

Small Change = Big Change

Please take a can from the back of the church. If you fill the can with loose change and return it as soon as you can, we can use this this to make  a big difference to people’s lives in the developing world. 

From Sister Eleanor


From Sister Louise



Wednesday 9th March

Special collection at all Ash Wednesday services.

The special collection will be donated to Mary’s Meals.

Saturday 5th June

The total collected is £ 2,236 comprising individual sponsor money, parishioners' generous sponsoring of Fr Ness & some very big-hearted donations.  Very many thanks to all.  £1500 has been sent to SCIAF towards the Horn of Africa famine appeal & £1,000 to the Franciscan Sisters of Africa.

Here is a letter from Sr Louise in Zimbabwe keeping us up to date.

Our next fund raising event is a book sale on Saturday 10th September.  More details later but this gives you the time to collect good books.

Prayer for the Third World

Make us worthy, Lord, to serve our fellow men throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger.

Give them through our hands this day their daily bread, and by understanding love, give peace and joy.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Irish Jesuit Mission


Friday 10th June

Quiz Night in the Parish Hall. Admission £5. Raffle.


If you would like more information or to get involved,

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Recent events

Saturday 5th March

Fairtrade Fortnight: Coffee Morning in the West Kirk Hall.

10:00am - 12:00pm - £1.50 donation at the door.

Fairtrade goods, crafts and raffle.

Prize giving for the best three posters and poems entered by eleven local Primary Schools.

Saturday 21st May

The Book Sale at Morrison’s Stewartfield Saturday May 21st from 11:00am till 3:00pm.

Books in very good condition welcome.

Please leave at the back of the church. Last day for leaving is Sunday 15th May.

Books can be handed in at the sale on the day.

Many thanks in  advance.

Upcoming events

Saturday 10th September

Book sale.

Details to follow - but plenty of time to look out some good books to donate. Thanks.

Please click here to read Sister Louise’s latest letter from Muratore, Zimbabwe.

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