Church and prayer support

There are many ways your church can support Mary’s Meals. Many of our supporters choose to pray for our work and the communities we serve.

The Mary’s Meals Prayer

One way you can support our work is by saying the following Mary’s Meals prayer:

Our Father, give us this day our daily bread and forgive us for the times when we take more than our share of the bread that belongs to all. Let us help You fill the starving with good things, not with scraps from our table. Teach us how to share what is not ours to keep. Clothe us with Your love that we may complete each good work you created us to do. Place in our hearts Your compassion for each starving child and use our little acts of love so that they starve no more. Amen.

Please feel free to download our prayer card.

The origins of our name

Mary’s Meals is named after Mary, the mother of Jesus, who brought up her own child in poverty.

Mary’s Meals grew out of the Christian Catholic faith of our founders and the values and ethos we hold reflect this.

We consist of, respect, and reach out to people of all faiths and none.

The roots of Scottish International Relief, which later became known as Mary’s Meals, are to be found in Medjugorje, a small village in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where it is claimed the Virgin Mary has been appearing since 1981.

Those responsible for the founding of our work became involved as a result of their experiences at Medjugorje.

The name itself, ‘Mary’s Meals’ was inspired by a desire to dedicate this work to Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

Rags To Riches

Our Rags To Riches appeal allows you to donate clothing and textiles to be turned into money to help us reach the next child waiting for Mary’s Meals.

There are regular Rags To Riches collections at churches across Scotland, London and Dublin. To find out where we will be collecting, or to arrange a visit at your own parish, please contact us.

Mary’s Meals representatives usually visit the parish during worship and give a very short update on our work, before inviting the congregation to donate unwanted items.

If you’d like to join our team of volunteers, spreading the word in churches around the UK, we’d love to hear from you!

By donating your unwanted textiles* you can help raise funds to help feed some of the world’s poorest children and ensure they receive an education. Three bags could generate enough money to feed a child in school for a year.

*Clothes, curtains, bedding, shoes, bags and belts.

Church resources

There are many ways your church can support Mary’s Meals, from organising events and activities or collecting goods for our shops to taking on the challenge of sponsoring a school or simply spreading the word about our work.

You will find lots of ideas, suggestions, and useful downloads in our fundraising section.

Support from faith-based groups

Two faith-based groups currently supporting our work through both prayer and fundraising are the Church of Scotland Guild and the Knights of St Columba.

Mary’s Meals is one of the charities chosen by the Church of Scotland Guild for its 2012-2015 session and Guild groups around the country have been praying for our work and raising funds to support our school feeding programmes, specifically in Liberia.

The Knights of St Columba run charity action projects for two years at a time, and from 2013-2015 will be raising funds and awareness for Mary’s Meals as well as supporting our work through prayer.

Meanwhile, Craig Lodge Family House of Prayer organise a Mass for our work on the last Tuesday of every month. For more information please visit www.craiglodge.org.

Open quote mark We recognise the willingness of people to pray and fast for our work and invite those who share this belief to play their part in our mission in this manner. Close quote mark
Extract – Mary’s Meals Statement of Values