Christian Aid Week
15th – 21st May 2022
Whilst Christian Aid continues to run a number of other appeals (including for Ukraine and Afghanistan) this week will of course be its main annual fund-raising effort. It is focussed this year on Zimbabwe, and the theme is drought, caused by changes in the climate, and resulting in hunger as crops fail.
This appeal comes at a time when costs are rising for everyone, and Christian Aid’s traditional stream of income from house-to-house collections has almost entirely dried up. Few if any churches in Bromley will be doing that this year. So the charity is finding new ways of fund-raising and we need to respond in the same spirit. On Sunday 8th May, as mentioned, we will be holding our traditional retiring collection, with an opportunity to sign up for gift aid if you wish.
Please also support Barbara’s Christian Aid coffee morning at 133 Pickhurst Lane on Tuesday 17th May from 10.00 – 12.30. It is the first time she has been able to hold it for three years!
On the Christian Aid website you will find other ways of raising money outside the church – for example there is a quiz which you can download and try out on your family and friends, while encouraging them to donate. And you may wish to sign a petition for a “Loss and Damage Fund” (full details online, or from Christine) – arising from the climate change concerns highlighted in this year’s appeal – asking that the wealthy countries and fossil fuel companies which have done most to cause the crisis should pay towards repairing the losses of those who have suffered the most.
Lastly, I hope to be sent a small number of “seven-day devotional” booklets, “Hungry for Justice”, to be read through Christian Aid week. Please ask if you would like one - first come, first served! Christine