Acts 435 Giving to anyone who has need

Acts 435 was inspired by the works of the early church, as described in the Acts 4:32 to 4:35. The early disciples of the risen Christ shared their possessions, and passed money to the apostles to give to anyone who had need.

Acts 435 is a fantastic initiative which puts people who are in need in touch with those that can help. It is a very simple idea but a very exciting one! I am proud that the Church is taking practical steps to help those facing practical difficulties.

Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York

The desire to help those in need becomes urgent at times of economic crisis. Acts 435 recognises that people want to give, often a little, sometimes more, to people with genuine need. Acts 435 puts people who can give in touch with people who are in need with the Church as the physical, face-to-face forum to enable online giving.

Where there is no participating church, eligible charities may apply to become an Acts 435 participating charity and submit requests to Head Office to be posted on the website.

This is considered by Acts 435 to be a temporary measure until a church in the area can be identified to participate and a network between the participating charity and the church be established.

Acts 435 is a registered charity number 1131305 whose operations are closely monitored by the Charity Commission. It must complete and submit Annual Returns of its activities to the Commissioners.

Our Patron

The Patron of Acts 435 is the Archbishop of York, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr. John Sentamu. He grew up in rural Uganda, and practised law both at the Bar and at the Bench before he came to the UK in 1974. He spent the first four years of his ministry in Cambridge and Richmond, fourteen years in inner city parishes in South London, six years as Bishop for Stepney and three years as Bishop for Birmingham. During his years as a parish priest he was particularly involved in the work of the Archbishop's Commission on Urban Priority Areas, the Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns, the Decade of Evangelism Steering Group, and the Archbishops' evangelism initiative, Springboard.

As Bishop for Stepney, he also served on the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Team and chaired the Damilola Taylor Murder Investigation Review. During his time in Birmingham, Dr Sentamu supported and advised workers affected by the closure of the Rover car plant in Birmingham and campaigned against guns, knives, drugs and gangs throughout the Midlands, after the killings of Charlene Ellis and Letisha Shakespeare, and worked hard to ensure that their killers were brought to trial.

He was consecrated as Archbishop of York in 2005, and since then one of his key areas of focus has been supporting and encouraging young people in England. In 2009 the Archbishop launched his own Youth Trust, helping young leaders across the North of England in the work they are doing within local communities.

In 2011, the Archbishop sponsored a new independent advisory body to examine matters of social justice in York, the York Fairness Commission. He is currently Chair of the national Living Wage Commission.