Christian aid Week
12th to 18th May 2024
Our church co-ordinator (Joseph) who has been in touch to invite anyone interested to the formal launch of preparation for Christian Aid Week (12 – 18 May 2024), which is designed to inspire their supporters (us) to start planning for that week. It runs from 10.30 to 1.00pm on Saturday 2nd March, at St James’, Piccadilly – but also from the comfort of your own home. If you would like to attend in person or virtually, you will be briefed on the plans for the week, which is going to be focussed on Burundi, and also hear more about current work. To attend by either means, please register at: http://caid.org.uk/conference.
He has also sent a report on the work of various Christian Aid partners in Gaza, all of whom have been displaced from their homes. These include the members of PARC, an. agricultural project with which this church has been associated. PARC has managed to reachm430,870 people, in non-United Nations shelters or staying with overcrowded host families. PARC has distributed drinking water, food packages including fresh vegetables and dried goods. And blankets, nappies and hygiene kits.
Meanwhile there is to be a Lent Vigil for Climate Justice, outside the Houses of Parliament, running for 10 days from Ash Wednesday, 24 hours a day. It is organised by Tearfund, Cafod, the Salvation Army and others, as well as Christian Aid. You can book a slot to take part, by day or by night – or you can vigil at home, and resources are provided to help you do that. Let me know if you would like more information.
Finally he reminds us all of the opportunities we have in an election year to engage with the candidates, having conversations and asking questions, and as he puts it “ensuring that action against poverty is at the forefront of their minds”.
Please let me know if you would like more information on any of the above – thank you, Christine